Cadle Takes Medalist Honors at Senior Am
Cadle, a 60-year-old automobile dealer from Wichita Falls, Tex., leads a field of 63 other senior golfers who will advance into the remaining match play portion of the event.
The cutoff point came with E. Thomas Jung, who made it at 14-over-par 156.
Cadle recently won the Texas State Amateur title, and showed that he was not yet done with his fine play, as he rattled off five birdies to offset two double-bogies on the day.
After his round, he summed up the prevailing feelings of golfers competing in this event.
I cant tell you how much fun it is to play tournament golf at this age, said Cadle, who only started playing competitively at age 55. What else can we do at this age, except maybe go bowling.
Therell be no bowling for the remainder of this week for Cadle if he can help it ' he would like to be around on Thursday, when the championship match commences.
So too would all the advancing golfers, for that matter.
At 2-over 144, Mark Bemonski of Mukwonago, Wis. ended the stroke play portion of the event in outright second behind Cadle. Behind him was Kemp Richardson and Gary Menzel, who each shot 3-over 145 for the two days.
Theyll all be playing Monday, when match play begins.
*The following players advanced into match play at the U.S. Senior Amateur, played at the par-71 Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis, Mo.:
Joe Cadle, Wichita Falls, Texas, 72-70--142
Mark Bemowski, Mukwonago, Wis., 71-73--144
Kemp Richardson, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 69-76--145
Gary Menzel, Milwaukee, Wis., 71-74--145
Bill Ploeger, Columbus, Ga., 77-70--147
Robert Kulp, Winston-Salem, N.C., 72-75--147
Vinny Giles III, Richmond, Va., 77-71--148
Joel Hirsch, Chicago, Ill., 73-75--148
Van Salmans, Chicago, Ill., 75-74--149
Chuck Renner, Phoenix, Ariz., 73-76--149
Don Taylor, Bluffton, S.C., 74-75--149
Elston Mitchell, Bloomington, Ill., 76-73--149
Al Everett, Cumming, Ga., 73-76--149
Ron Ramsey, San Diego, Calif., 76-73--149
Bill Heldmar, Tulsa, Okla., 77-73--150
Dick Iverson, Lake Oswego, Ore., 77-73--150
John Esterbrook, Francootown, N.H., 75-75--150
Thomas Miller, Wichita Falls, Texas, 75-75--150
Mike Rice, Houston, Texas, 75-75--150
Earle Smith, Mesa, Ariz., 72-78--150
Dick Van Leuvan, Roswell, Ga., 77-73--150
Marc Delzer, Brookfield, Wis., 72-78--150
Peter Green, Franklin, Mich., 74-76--150
Mike Riley, San Diego, Calif., 73-77--150
Ted Lyford, Redlands, Calif., 77-74--151
Jay Pierson, Shreveport, La., 75-76--151
Mills Rendell, Winnetka, Ill., 77-74--151
J David Carroll, Napa, Calif., 79-72--151
Michael Davis, El Dorado Hills, Calif., 76-75--151
John Lindholm, Grand Blanc, Mich., 73-78--151
Michael Sanger, Hydes, Md., 76-75--151
Joseph D Cantrell, Louisville, Ky., 74-78--152
Clifford Davis, Suisun, Calif., 79-73--152
Alex Antonio, Bentleyville, Ohio, 73-79--152
Cliff Cunningham, Monroe, N.C., 77-75--152
Bill Baloh, Herminie, Pa., 74-78--152
Jack Forbes, Morgantown, W.Va., 76-77--153
Bill Gundersen, Renton, Wash., 76-77--153
Chaney Ferrell, Piscataway, N.J., 76-77--153
Dave Sergeant, Fort Dodge, Iowa, 76-77--153
Richard Blooston, Edina, Minn., 77-76--153
Jim McMurtrey, Fair Oaks, Calif., 75-78--153
Robert Heaton, Antioch, Calif., 78-75--153
William Liberato, Madison, Tenn., 80-73--153
Ronald Brewer, Leawood, Kan., 79-74--153
Don Lucas, Valrico, Fla., 81-73--154
Charles Persinger, Poca, W.Va., 82-72--154
Woody Greene, Columbia, S.C., 79-75--154
Jack Vardaman, Washington, D.C., 74-80--154
Stuart Iliffe, Coral Gables, Fla., 77-77--154
Richard Hanington, Lloyd Harbor, N.Y., 76-79--155
Tom Hadley, Hendersonville, N.C., 79-76--155
Stephen Rose, New York, N.Y., 75-80--155
Allen Sharpe, Monterey, Calif., 75-80--155
James Colman, St Joseph, Mo., 79-77--156
Roger Null, Wentzville, Mo., 76-80--156
Tom Mattox, Humble, Texas, 79-77--156
O Gordon Brewer, Pine Valley, N.J., 76-80--156
Gene Ackerman, Elk Grove, Calif., 80-76--156
Lenwood Ladd, Methuen, Mass., 77-79--156
Gene Parr, Crystal, Minn., 77-79--156
Denny Alexander, Fort Worth, Texas, 78-78--156
Jerry Ellis, Oklahoma City, Okla., 80-76--156
E Thomas Jung, Chicago, Ill., 79-77--156
*Failed to Advance:
Dave Hellman, Mission Viejo, Calif., 80-77--157
Tom Jones, Valley Head, Ala., 76-81--157
Robert Weaver, Memphis, Tenn., 80-77--157
Todd Lusk, Baton Rouge, La., 79-78--157
Bill Predmore, Houston, Texas, 75-82--157
David Watson, Sarasota, Fla., 76-81--157
Alan Bouchard, Falmouth, Maine, 75-82--157
Larry Walsh, Buda, Texas, 75-82--157
Craig Carlisle, Trophy Club, Texas, 78-79--157
Lank Larson, Fargo, N.D., 76-81--157
Jim Bianco, West Des Moines, Iowa, 77-81--158
Phil Saylor, Johnstown, Pa., 82-76--158
James Gillespie, Maryville, Tenn., 74-84--158
Terry Bushman, Omaha, Neb., 77-81--158
Wyn Norwood, Little Rock, Ark., 80-78--158
Bill Morrison, Lake Oswego, Ore., 80-79--159
Marshall Gleason, Foster City, Calif., 76-83--159
Charles McClaskey, Elkton, Md., 83-76--159
Jere Ayers, Spring Island, S.C., 82-77--159
Rusty Napier, Valrico, Fla., 77-82--159
Van Lee Jr, Bastrop, La., 77-82--159
Jamie Frazier, Winnsboro, S.C., 78-82--160
Dick Weigold, Torrington, Conn., 83-77--160
Charles Hill Jr, Shawnee, Okla., 83-77--160
Cobby Ware, Tuscaloosa, Ala., 79-81--160
John Stepinksy, Irwin, Pa., 78-82--160
Bruce Seligman, Albuquerque, N.M., 80-80--160
Mickey Gallagher, Groton, N.Y., 82-78--160
Jack Maher, Marstons Mills, Mass., 83-77--160
Joseph Schmidt, Arlington Heights, Ill., 78-82--160
Art Hull, Mansfield, Texas, 82-78--160
Bill Becker, Arlington Heights, Ill., 80-81--161
David Bennett, Mableton, Ga., 85-76--161
Jack Jordan, Monticello, Ark., 80-81--161
Jim Applegate, Palm City, Fla., 83-78--161
Preston Davis, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., 78-83--161
Frank Sutton, Irving, Texas, 77-84--161
Joseph DeVita, Newburgh, N.Y., 82-80--162
Jeff Belfore, New Albany, Ohio, 78-84--162
Robert Ferrel, Linville, N.C., 81-81--162
Thomas Barnes Jr, Duluth, Ga., 80-82--162
Thomas Mahoney, Long Beach, Calif., 82-80--162
John Glover, Atlanta, Ga., 79-83--162
Michael Hopson, Lufkin, Texas, 78-84--162
Jarrett Kling, Radnor, Pa., 78-84--162
Allen Price, Decatur, Ill., 83-79--162
Paul Evans, Duxbury, Mass., 76-86--162
Peter Smith, Niles, Mich., 84-79--163
Don Leedom, Centerville, Ohio, 80-83--163
Nick Onofrio, Wichita, Kan., 79-84--163
Robert Kolb, St Louis, Mo., 79-84--163
Larry Lang, Sparks, Nev., 84-79--163
Josiah Bartlett, Lincoln, Vt., 78-85--163
Tony Reboton, Fremont, Calif., 82-81--163
Robert Laflen, Houston, Texas, 80-83--163
Jim Kuhn, Middleburg, Fla., 80-83--163
Grant Maples Jr, Golden, Colo., 80-83--163
Gerry Ferguson, Lexington, N.C., 77-86--163
Jesse Scott, Phoenix, Ariz., 81-82--163
Ray Maidment, Saline, Mich., 82-82--164
Roy Renfro, Festus, Mo., 82-82--164
John Partain, Bristol, Tenn., 84-80--164
Robert Lewis Jr, Pepper Pike, Ohio, 82-82--164
Jim Haynie, North Wales, Pa., 81-83--164
Stephen Smith, Mt Pleasant, S.C., 85-79--164
Boyd Johnson, Statesboro, Ga., 81-84--165
Denny Straley, Milford, Ohio, 85-80--165
Jerry Rogers, Decatur, Ill., 81-84--165
Bruce Richards, Bellevue, Wash., 83-82--165
James Kite, Wolftown, Va., 79-86--165
Edward Craig, Orlando, Fla., 82-83--165
Norm Miller, Portola, Calif., 80-85--165
Larry Novinger, Millersburg, Pa., 87-78--165
Don Dodgen, Scottsdale, Ariz., 82-83--165
Michael Kukes, Birmingham, Mich., 83-82--165
Ron Russo, Ocala, Fla., 77-89--166
Robert Metro, Cleveland, Ohio, 83-85--168
Bill Maloy, North Canton, Ohio, 88-80--168
Robert Sanford, Memphis, Tenn., 85-84--169
Edward Carens, Natick, Mass., 84-85--169
Roy Burklow, Ft Worth, Texas, 84-85--169
Barry Potter, Aventura, Fla., 82-87--169
Herb Weber, Tucson, Ariz., 83-87--170
Larry Pate, Lakewood, Colo., 86-84--170
Wayne Schroeder, Chesterfield, Mo., 88-83--171
Richard Sieradzki, Aiea, Hawaii, 84-87--171
Terry Graham Garbett, Suffern, N.Y., 89-83--172
Jim Steck, New Berlin, Wis., 84-89--173
Jim Gary, Lewisville, Texas, 86-87--173
Michael Rosinski, The Woodlands, Texas, 86-95--181
Urquit Morris, Charleston, S.C., 78-WD--WD
H Andy Wall, Tyler, Texas, 78-WD--WD
Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59
Adam Hadwin had a career season last year, one that included shooting a 59 and winning a PGA Tour event. But those two achievements didn't occur in the same week.
While Hadwin's breakthrough victory came at the Valspar Championship in March, it was at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January when he first made headlines with a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club. Hadwin took a lead into the final round as a result, but he ultimately couldn't keep pace with Hudson Swafford.
He went on to earn a spot at the Tour Championship, and Hadwin made his first career Presidents Cup appearance in October. Now the Canadian returns to Palm Springs, eager to improve on last year's result and hoping to earn a spot in the final group for a third straight year after a T-6 finish in 2016.
"A lot of good memories here in the desert," Hadwin told reporters. "I feel very comfortable here, very at home. Lots of Canadians, so it's always fun to play well in front of those crowds and hopefully looking forward to another good week."
Hadwin's 59 last year was somewhat overshadowed, both by the fact that he didn't win the event and that it came just one week after Justin Thomas shot a 59 en route to victory at the Sony Open. But he's still among an exclusive club of just eight players to have broken 60 in competition on Tour and he's eager to get another crack at La Quinta on Saturday.
"If I'm in the same position on 18, I'm gunning for 58 this year," Hadwin said, "not playing safe for 59."
Rahm: If I thought like Phil, I could not hit a shot
When it comes to Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson, there are plenty of common bonds. Both starred at Arizona State, both are now repped by the same agency and Rahm's former college coach and agent, Tim Mickelson, now serves full-time as his brother's caddie.
Those commonalities mean the two men have played plenty of practice rounds together, but the roads quickly diverge when it comes to on-course behavior. Rahm is quick, fiery and decisive; Mickelson is one of the most analytical players on Tour. And as Rahm told reporters Wednesday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, those differences won't end anytime soon.
"I don't need much. 'OK, it's like 120 (yards), this shot, right," Rahm said. "And then you have Phil, it's like, 'Oh, this shot, the moisture, this going on, this is like one mile an hour wind sideways, it's going to affect it one yard. This green is soft, this trajectory. They're thinking, and I'm like, 'I'm lost.' I'm like, 'God if I do that thought process, I could not hit a golf shot.'"
The tactics may be more simplified, but Rahm can't argue with the results. While Mickelson is in the midst of a winless drought that is approaching five years, Rahm won three times around the world last year and will defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.
Both men are in the field this week in Palm Springs, where Mickelson will make his 2018 debut with what Rahm fully expects to be another dose of high-level analytics for the five-time major winner with his brother on the bag.
"It's funny, he gets to the green and then it's the same thing. He's very detail-oriented," Rahm said of Mickelson. "I'm there listening and I'm like, 'Man, I hope we're never paired together for anything because I can't think like this. I would not be able to play golf like that. But for me to listen to all that is really fun."
DJ changes tune on golf ball distance debate
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is already one of the longest hitters in golf, so he's not looking for any changes to be made to golf ball technology - despite comments from him that hinted at just such a notion two months ago.
Johnson is in the Middle East this week for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told BBC Sport Wednesday that he wouldn't be in favor of making changes to the golf ball in order to remedy some of the eye-popping distances players are hitting the ball with ever-increasing frequency.
"It's not like we are dominating golf courses," Johnson said. "When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy? I don't really understand what all the debate is about because it doesn't matter how far it goes; it is about getting it in the hole."
Johnson's rhetorical question might be answered simply by looking back at his performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions earlier this month, an eight-shot romp that featured a tee shot on the 433-yard 12th hole that bounded down a slope to within inches of the hole.
Johnson appeared much more willing to consider a reduced-distance ball option at the Hero World Challenge in November, when he sat next to tournament host Tiger Woods and supported Woods' notion that the ball should be addressed.
"I don't mind seeing every other professional sport, they play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball," Johnson said. "In baseball, the guys that are bigger and stronger, they can hit a baseball a lot further than the smaller guys. ... I think there should be some kind of an advantage for guys who work on hitting it far and getting that speed that's needed, so having a ball, like the same ball that everyone plays, there's going to be, you're going to have more of an advantage."
Speaking Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, Johnson stood by the notion that regardless of whether the rules change or stay the same, he plans to have a leg up on the competition.
"If the ball is limited then it is going to limit everyone," he said. "I'm still going to hit it that much further than I guess the average Tour player."
LPGA lists April date for new LA event
The LPGA’s return to Los Angeles will come with the new Hugel-JTBC Open being played at Wilshire Country Club April 19-22, the tour announced Wednesday.
When the LPGA originally released its schedule, it listed the Los Angeles event with the site to be announced at a later date.
The Hugel-JTBC Open will feature a 144-player field and a $1.5 million purse. It expands the tour’s West Coast swing, which will now be made up of four events in California in March and April.
The LPGA last played in Los Angeles in 2005. Wilshire Country Club hosted The Office Depot in 2001, with Annika Sorenstam winning there.