Six national champions crowned on Amateur Tour

By Erik PetersonOctober 18, 2008, 4:00 pm
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. ' The individual portion of the 2008 Golf Channel Amateur Tour National Championships wrapped up this weekend in Orlando, Fla., where six national champions were crowned. The championships were held over the course of four days, and culminated at Disneys Magnolia Golf Course, annual host of the PGA Tour Childrens Miracle Network Classic.
 
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Subodh Dhiman, of Atlanta, Ga., overcame a slow start, and then hung on for a three-stroke victory over Terry Russell. The first hole was really tough for me, Dhiman said. After such a bad start, I knew I had to relax. It ended up helping me on the back nine. Dhiman, originally from India and now an IBM technician, has been on a roll of late. Leading up to the National Championships, he won the Atlanta tours final two local events, and then captured the Southeast Regional Championship at Hilton Head, S.C. He credited his recent success to a healthy dose of practice. Lately, Ive been working on my game for two to three hours per day, he said.
 
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Jeff Garland, of Ocean Springs, Miss., outlasted playing partner Jeff Zemencsik for a one-stroke victory. Two down with three to play, Garland rallied to a tie through 17 holes. When Zemencsik found trouble on 18, Garland took advantage. In addition to his impressive finish, Garland was also proud of his first round. Shooting 75 the first day made my tournament, Garland said. I have to admit, when I did that, I was nervous the rest of the week. Its a lot more enjoyable to not be in contention, because Im able to relax and enjoy myself. Its worth it though, when youre able to win. Garland entered this summers Regional Championship needing to finish the highest among non-automatic qualifiers, in order to move on to Nationals. He ended up winning his flight outright.
 
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James Berg, of Palatine, Ill., survived a three-way sudden death playoff with Douglas Morgan and Michael Miranda to capture the championship. I was surprised to be in the playoff at all, Berg confessed. I shot my highest round of the week today. The three men halved the first playoff hole with pars. After watching his fellow competitors hit their tee shots into the hazard on the next hole, Berg played it safe with a 4-iron. He played his approach shot safely as well, and Morgan and Miranda couldnt recover.
 
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Andrew Wilson, of Lake Villa, Ill., made a roaring comeback to nip playing partner Cole Phillips by one shot to capture the championship. With birdies on 16 and 17, Wilson took the lead, and he didnt look back. The 4-iron I hit into 17 was the best shot I hit all day, he said. It was nice to come through like that, because I knew it was close. Wilson, a freshman at College of Lake County near Chicago, hopes to play professionally one day. The collegiate season is over, but Ive got to keep playing in order to get better. This is nice for my confidence, he said.
 
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Troy Boswell, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, capitalized on a steady putter to save an otherwise shaky round to win the championship. I had no feel with my mid- and long-irons, he said. It caused me to really feel the pressure out there. I just kept making pars, and made it home. Boswell, who works in the golf retail industry, has been a member of the Golf Channel Amateur Tour since 1995. Its always my goal to make it here each year. My attitude is the same: Just enjoy the golf. John Ridnour finished in second place, three shots back.
 
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Clay Fullick, of Stillwater, Okla., played consistently all week, carding scores of 72-74-70-74. His four-shot victory was the largest of any flight in this years National Championships. I was a little shaky today, but made a couple of birdies and then just went into par mode, he said. The second hole was an eye-opener for Fullick, an accomplished amateur player. I actually made a good bogey on 2, which I thought was good damage control. It helped me the rest of the way. Having played in two U.S. Amateurs and two British Amateurs, Fullick credited his experience in these types of situations to his success. He also credited his friends back home in Stillwater who always do a good job of making me feel good about my game.
 

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    Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

    By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

    Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.

    Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.

    As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.

    "That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."

    Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.

    Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.

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    Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

    By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

    If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

    Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

    But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

    Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

    Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

    Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

    Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

    Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

    Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

    Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

    Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

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    Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

    SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

    Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

    “It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

    Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

    “What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

    Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

    “When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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    Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

    SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

    Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

    Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

    Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.