Two Share US Amateur Publinks Medalist Honors

By Golf Channel NewsroomJuly 11, 2001, 4:00 pm
17-year-old James Vargas and 22-year-old Nick Cassini shared medalist honors in the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship on Tuesday. The event is being held at the Pecan Valley Golf Club.
 
Vargas and Cassini matched 36-hole scores finishing two-under par. That was a stoke better than 19-year-old Adam Fuchs.
 
21-year old Erik Compton, whose recieved a heart transplant five years ago, and Jim Spagnolo were two back at even-par. Compton bogeyed two of his final three holes to miss out on medalist honors.
 
Sixty-four players advanced to match play which begins Wednesday. Here are the match-ups for round one of match play:
 
Nick Cassini vs. Jeff Nichols
Hunter Mahan vs. Thomas Halla
Andrew Sanders vs. Eddie Lee
D.J. Fiese vs. Adam Auger
Chez Reavie vs. Tim Scott
Brett Foulds vs. Greg Earnhardt
John Bloomfield vs. Tom Ostasik
Billy Dressler vs. Chris Campbell
Erik Compton vs. William McLaughlin
Jason Harris vs. Bryan Stark
Camilo Benedetti vs. Robert Godfrey
Ben Flam, Ben vs. Alan Hill
Jim Spagnolo vs. Chris Stroud
Ben Dickerson vs. Jon Antunes
David Yarnes vs.Matthew Kohn
John Davis vs. William Witte
James Vargas vs. Brian Gerken
Danny Green vs. Mark Strickland
Randy Nichols vs. J.J. Wall
Jon Babich vs. Erik Billinger, Erik
Mark Farrell vs. Codie Mudd, Codie
Satn Rawl vs. Jim Seki, Jim, Honolulu
Wayne Raath vs. Ryan Dennis, Ryan
Joe Stansberry vs. Everett Grimes III
Adam Fuchs vs. Todd Hancock
D.J.Trahan vs. Matt Cohn
Tom Johnson vs. Michael Austin
Michael Letzig vs. Jason Winter
Kyle Willmann vs. William Link IV
Greg Puga vs. Chris Davis
Jeff Chandler vs.Sam Covitz
Jason Moon vs. Jason Wombacher
 
The event concludes with a 36-hole final on Saturday.
 
San Antonio, Texas ' Results of the second round of stroke-play qualifying at the 7,005-yard, par 71 Pecan Valley Golf Club.
 
-James Vargas, Miami, Fla., 70-70--140
-Nick Cassini, Athens, Ga., 70-70--140
-Adam Fuchs, Plainview, N.Y., 73-68--141
-Erik Compton, Miami, Fla., 71-71--142
-Jim Spagnolo, Fort Worth, Texas, 72-70--142
-Kyle Willmann, Edmond, Okla., 70-73--143
-Mark Farrell, Westport, Conn., 72-71--143
-Camilo Benedetti, Gainesville, Fla., 74-70--144
-Jeff Chandler, Kenton, Tenn., 72-72--144
-John Bloomfield, Ingston, Jamaica, 73-71--144
-Tom Johnson, Fair Oaks, Calif., 70-74--144
-Chez Reavie, Mesa, Ariz., 71-73--144
-David Yarnes, Corvallis, Ore., 72-72--144
-Wayne Raath, South Africa, 72-72--144
-Randy Nichols, Connersville, Ind., 72-73--145
-John Davis, Taylor, Ariz., 74-71--145
-Jon Babich, Henderson, Nev., 74-71--145
-D J Fiese, Atlanta, Ga., 74-71--145
-Ben Flam, Phoenix, Ariz., 71-74--145
-Andrew Sanders, Merritt Island, Fla., 75-70--145
-Michael Letzig, Albuquerque, N.M., 73-72--145
-Brett Foulds, Escondido, Calif., 76-70--146
-Joe Stansberry, Bloomington, Minn., 74-72--146
-Jason Moon, Australia, 76-70--146
-Billy Dressler, Lake Charles, La., 73-73--146
-Stan Rawl, Gainesville, Ga., 72-74--146
-Ben Dickerson, Jacksonville, Fla., 74-73--147
-D J Trahan, Inman, S.C., 76-71--147
-Jason Harris, Clemmons, N.C., 74-73--147
-Danny Green, Jackson, Tenn., 73-74--147
-Hunter Mahan, McKinney, Texas, 74-73--147
-Greg Puga, Los Angeles, Calif., 74-73--147
-Chris Davis, Sour Lake, Texas, 77-71--148
-Jim Seki, Honolulu, Hawaii, 72-76--148
-Thomas Halla, Lannon, Wis., 73-75--148
-Matt Cohn, La Jolla, Calif., 70-78--148
-Jon Antunes, Belton, Texas, 74-74--148
-Mark Strickland, Woodstock, Ga., 76-72--148
-Bryan Stark, Herndon, Va., 71-77--148
-Eddie Lee, New Zealand, 76-73--149
-Erik Billinger, Westminster, Colo., 78-71--149
-Jason Winter, Camarillo, Calif., 75-74--149
-Chris Campbell, Louisville, Ky., 76-73--149
-Adam Auger, Canada, 75-74--149
-J J Wall, San Antonio, Texas, 82-67--149
-Everett Grimes III, Nampa, Idaho, 76-73--149
-Alan Hill, Spring Branch, Texas, 73-76--149
-William Witte, Spokane, Wash., 74-75--149
-Jason Wombacher, Coralville, Iowa, 76-73--149
-Michael Austin, Burton, Mich., 75-74--149
-Greg Earnhardt, Greensboro, N.C., 75-74--149
-Tom Ostasik, San Ramon, Calif., 76-74--150
-Robert Godfrey, Clemson, S.C., 78-72--150
-Ryan Dennis, Columbus, Ohio, 76-74--150
-Sam Covitz, Indianapolis, Ind., 75-75--150
-Matthew Kohn, So Africa, 76-74--150
-Todd Hancock, O'Fallon, Ill., 82-69--151
-Chris Stroud, Groves, Texas, 74-77--151
-William Link IV, Acton, Mass., 81-70--151
-Codie Mudd, Louisville, Ky., 77-74--151
-Jeff Nichols, Rochester Hills, Mich., 75-76--151
-Tim Scott, Downers Grove, Ill., 77-74--151
-William McLaughlin, Ormond Beach, Fla., 74-77--151
-Brian Gerken, Napoleon, Ohio, 76-75--151
 
Failed to Qualify:
-Gabriel Alcala, Scottsdale, Ariz., 77-75--152
-Matt Hilton, Muskego, Wis., 74-78--152
-Sal Spallone, Vero Beach, Fla., 75-77--152
-Taz Ismail, Syosset, N.Y., 81-71--152
-Jason Basile, Portland, Ore., 77-75--152
-Garry Antunes, Henderson, Texas, 77-76--153
-Chris Reinke, Ashton, Idaho, 76-77--153
-Benjamin Meyers, Australia, 79-74--153
-Roger Fine, Carrollton, Texas, 75-78--153
-Thomas Kennaday, Columbia, S.C., 76-77--153
-Gregory Snider, Atascadero, Calif., 80-73--153
-Jerry Chen, Union, N.J., 79-75--154
-Jay Reynolds, Austin, Texas, 75-79--154
-Doug Kreitner, St Louis, Mo., 77-77--154
-Greg Davies, Walled Lake, Mich., 77-77--154
-Alan Stearns, Boston, Mass., 76-78--154
-Billy Wingerd, Baltimore, Md., 80-74--154
-James Junkin, Grand Prairie, Texas, 81-74--155
-Chad Olsen, Aberdeen, S.D., 78-77--155
-Ken Rizvi, San Francisco, Calif., 76-79--155
-Thomas Giles, Stow, Mass., 80-75--155
-John Carlson, Bagley, Minn., 77-78--155
-Greg Ott, Des Moines, Wash., 79-76--155
-Steven Poulson, Salt Lake City, Utah, 81-74--155
-Savio Nazareth, Orlando, Fla., 80-75--155
-Greg Uberuaga, San Diego, Calif., 77-78--155
-Timothy Elliott, Baltimore, Md., 74-81--155
-Eric Fong, Waipahu, Hawaii, 80-76--156
-Robert Hartnett, Seattle, Wash., 78-78--156
-Phil Eich, Orlando, Fla., 80-76--156
-Ron Coleman, Erie, Pa., 78-78--156
-Brook Tully, San Diego, Calif., 80-76--156
-Michael Crute, Homerville, Ohio, 77-79--156
-Jarett Hamamoto, Hilo, Hawaii, 79-77--156
-Mike Sullivan, Dallas, Texas, 74-82--156
-Aaron Williams, New Boston, Ohio, 77-79--156
-William Tanner, Kingwood, Texas, 73-84--157
-Jon Olson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 82-75--157
-Joey Stockton, Salinas, Calif., 81-76--157
-Dee Green, Houston, Texas, 76-81--157
-Josh Anderson, Columbus, Ohio, 80-77--157
-Ryan Dorff, Johnstown, Ohio, 77-80--157
-John Little, Phoenix City, Ala., 79-78--157
-Jay Poletiek, Portland, Ore., 80-77--157
-Adam Goldie, Monmouth, Ill., 84-74--158
-Royden Heirakuji, Makawao, Hawaii, 79-79--158
-Neil Johnson, River Falls, Wis., 83-75--158
-John Merrick, Long Beach, Calif., 81-77--158
-Chris Rousseau, Feeding Hills, Mass., 79-79--158
-David Spitz, Norwell, Mass., 80-78--158
-Joshua Oldham, Greenwood, Ind., 80-78--158
-Miles Maillet, Bishop, Calif., 77-81--158
-Brad Hastings, Easton, Md., 85-73--158
-Joseph Horowitz, Long Beach, N.Y., 79-80--159
-Brendan McKinney, Cockeysville, Md., 83-76--159
-Michael Koreski, Parkersburg, W.Va., 81-79--160
-Robert McKinney, Canton, Ohio, 78-82--160
-Keno Turnquest, Bahamas, 82-78--160
-Kyle Kokanovich, N Tonawanda, N.Y., 81-79--160
-William Briggs, Hughestown, Pa., 84-76--160
-Bryan Milberger, Olathe, Kan., 79-81--160
-Ash Serur, San Marcos, Texas, 80-80--160
-Zac Gavlak, Paliter, Alaska, 78-82--160
-Marty Jertson, Globe, Ariz., 85-76--161
-Endel Liias, Melrose, Mass., 83-78--161
-Greg Denman, Wheaton, Ill., 88-73--161
-John Oliver Delancey, Ann Arbor, Mich., 81-81--162
-Kevin O'Connor, East Lyme, Conn., 81-81--162
-Jeff Sparks, Columbus, Ohio, 78-84--162
-Scott Vallina, Burgettstown, Pa., 86-76--162
-Miles Nixon, London, Ohio, 83-79--162
-Javier Delgadillo, El Paso, Texas, 84-78--162
-Kyle McAfee, Rosston, Ark., 81-81--162
-Kris Wells, Denver, Pa., 81-81--162
-Andy Hollis, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 82-81--163
-Ben Portie, Westminster, Colo., 80-83--163
-Adam Gilliland, Rapid City, S.D., 81-82--163
-Jason Cargill, East Peoria, Ill., 82-81--163
-Bill Leach, Bozeman, Mont., 78-85--163
-James Oh, Lakewood, Calif., 86-78--164
-Michael Hogan, Nashua, N.H., 87-77--164
-Jason Margetts, Las Vegas, Nev., 83-82--165
-Leo Kleiweg, Houston, Texas, 85-80--165
-Pat Viernes, Lihue Kauai, Hawaii, 85-80--165
-Adam Cohan, Wayne, Pa., 86-79--165
-Mark Dunlap, Austin, Texas, 81-84--165
-William Moore, Pacific Grove, Calif., 85-80--165
-Chris Igawa, Hilo, Hawaii, 86-80--166
-Jake Peterson, Layton, Utah, 84-82--166
-Guy Yamamoto, Waipahu, Hawaii, 87-81--168
-Thomas Tangtiphaiboontana, Long Beach, Calif., 84-87--171
-Ryan Day, Lamoine, Maine, 86-85--171
 
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Ortiz takes Web.com Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

Former Web.com Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Web.com Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Web.com Tour Player of the Year.

McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

Memo to the golf gods:

If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.


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Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

"I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

"I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x