US Open Local Qualifying Results

By Golf Channel NewsroomMay 21, 2002, 4:00 pm
May 21, 2002
 
LEWISVILLE, TEXAS - GC AT CASTLE HILLS
 
Jaxon Brigman - Dallas, Texas66
Greg Gregory - Fort Worth, Texas66
Zach Atkinson(a) - Coppell, Texas67
Marco Gortana - Dallas, Texas67
Ryan Baca(a) - Richmond, Texas69
Franklin Hatchett(a) - Jacksonville, Texas69
Tim Hobby - Waco, Texas70
Jon Antunes(a) - Belton, Texas70
Jeff Leach - Plano, Texas70
Andy Doeden(a) - Fargo, N.D.70
Alternates
Mark Walker - Arlington, Texas71
Sean Gioffre - Fort Worth, Texas71
Tom Strueber - Dallas, Texas71
Brian Wilson - Ft Worth, Texas71
 
May 20, 2002
 
ATLANTA #1, GA. - PLANTERRA RIDGE GC
 
David Noll Jr(a) - Dalton, Ga.66
Brent Witcher(a) - Duluth, Ga.66
Michael Parrott - Marietta, Ga.67
Vance Embry(a) - Dalton, Ga.68
Tucker Ervin(a) - Mt Pleasant, S.C.68
Kris Mikkelsen(a) - Woodstock, Ga.68
Alternates
Justin Bolli - Roswell, Ga.70
Hank Kim - Jonesboro, Ga.70
Karl Diewock - Fayetteville, Ga.70
Parker Beck(a) - Duluth, Ga.72
 
ATLANTA #2, GA. - GRIFFIN CC
 
Gregory Maycock - Riverdale, Ga.66
Kevin Durkin - Dunwoody, Ga.67
Nick Rousey(a) - Pensacola, Fla.68
Vaughn Taylor - Augusta, Ga.70
Stan Gann Jr - Kathleen, Ga.70
Scott Parel - Augusta, Ga.70
Kevin Blanton - Moultrie, Ga.70
Bob McDonnell(a) - Suwanee, Ga.70
Alternates
Brian Puterbaugh - Duluth, Ga.70
Matt Roundtree - Eatonton, Ga.71
Bill Robinson - Lagrange, Ga.71
Dave Womack - McDonough, Ga.71
 
BAKERSFIELD, CALIF. - BAKERSFIELD CC
 
Joe Acosta Jr - Visalia, Calif.67
John Balfanz(a) - Bakersfield, Calif.69
J T Kohut - Simi Valley, Calif.69
David Games - Santa Monica, Calif.69
Travis Matye - Lancaster, Calif.70
Roger Tambellini - Paso Robles, Calif.70
Brad Benkey - Ventura, Calif.71
Alternate
Brad Hardan - San Diego, Calif.72
 
BRADENTON, FLA. - WATERLEFE G&RIVER C
 
Tyler Leon(a) - Sarasota, Fla.70
Joshua An(a) - S Korea70
Heath Rosenstein - Sarasota, Fla.70
Chris Muscara(a) - Bradenton, Fla.72
Alternates
Bradley Lanning - Palmetto, Fla.73
Stefan Wistorf(a) - Germany74
Phil Walters(a) - Bradenton, Fla.74
Mark Sestilio(a) - Port Charlotte, Fla.74
 
CINCINNATI, OHIO - MAKETEWAH CC
 
Kyle Vosk Cincinnati, Ohio70
David Wagenseller - Wilmington, Ohio70
Mark Monfort - Cincinnati, Ohio71
Joshua Teater(a) - Lexington, Ky.71
Brett Wetterich - Jupiter, Fla.71
Andy Sanders - Houston, Texas71
Tim Donovan - Cincinnati, Ohio72
Scott Porter - Lexington, Ky.72
Rob Bradley - Louisville, Ky.72
Mike Small - Champaign, Ill.72
Alternates
Paul Hobart - Dublin, Ohio72
Dennis Wells - Cincinnati, Ohio73
Greg Weddington - Sciotoville, Ohio73
Mark Welage - Cincinnati, Ohio73
 
COLUMBUS, OHIO - LAKES G&CC
 
Eric Frishette - Groveport, Ohio68
Ken Tanigaw Dublin, Ohio69
David Ogrin - Hockley, Texas69
Brian Unk - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio69
Ivan Smith - Columbus, Ohio70
Michael Kelley(a) - Westerville, Ohio71
Michael Austin - Burton, Mich.71
Jason Oien(a) - New Albany, Ohio71
Craig Bowden - Bloomington, Ind.71
Alternates
Bob Sowards - Columbus, Ohio71
Steven Lee - Worthington, Ohio72
Darren Lundgren(a) - St Louis, Mo.72
Matt Sands(a) - Worthington, Ohio72
 
DES MOINES, IOW WAKONDA CC
 
Michael McCoy(a) - West Des Moines, Iowa70
Scott Gutschewski - Omaha, Neb.72
Ben Pettitt - Carroll, Iowa73
Alternates
Ken Schall - Waterloo, Iowa73
Jim Sorenson - Bloomington, Minn.73
Mike Lewis(a) - Waterloo, Iowa74
Bryan Wright - Stanberry, Mo.74
 
GAINESVILLE, FLA. - GAINESVILLE CC
 
Mike Sullivan - Ocala, Fla.70
Joe Gutterman - Palm Coast, Fla.70
Nick Napoleon - Jacksonville, Fla.71
Jordan Code(a) - Tampa, Fla.72
Jim Hallet - Jacksonville Beach, Fla.72
Alternates
Woody Blackburn - Orange Park, Fla.72
Camilo Benedetti(a) - Gainesville, Fla.73
Michael Rowe - Oviedo, Fla.73
Tyler Rucarean(a) - Gainesville, Fla.73
 
GENOA IL, ILL. - OAK CLUB OF GENOA
 
Jason Shook - Plainfield, Ill.72
Michael Troy - Westmont, Ill.73
Timothy Jacobs - McHenry, Ill.74
Pat Beste - Sauk Centre, Minn.74
Marty Schiene - Naperville, Ill.75
Alternates
Grant Maples III - Golden, Colo.75
Dave Menke - Elgin, Ill.75
 
GENOA NV, NEV. - GENOA LAKES GC
 
Carlos Concha(a) - Reno, Nev.68
Thomas Dawson - Reno, Nev.71
David Nelson(a) - Reno, Nev.72
Alternates
Steve Sear - Washoe Valley, Nev.73
Bryson Young(a) - Reno, Nev.73
Bob Klein Jr - Graeagle, Calif.73
Cullen Brasfield(a) - Reno, Nev.74
GREAT FALLS, VA. - RIVER BEND G&CC
 
Robert Stock - Charlottesville, Va.70
Whit Staples - Tequesta, Fla.71
Chris Wisler - McLean, Va.71
Patrick Tallent(a) - Vienna, Va.72
Jason Pool(a) - Fairfax, Va.72
Brendon Post - Fairfax, Va.72
Alternates
Todd Demsey - Scottsdale, Ariz.72
Fred Widicus - Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.72
Brian Quackenbush(a) - Fairfax, Va.73
 
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. - MERIDIAN HILLS CC
 
Jamie Broce - Indianapolis, Ind.68
Scott Schroeder - Indianapolis, Ind.70
Chad Collins - Cloverdale, Ind.71
Alternates
Darrett Brinker - Evansville, Ind.71
Kevin Wassmer(a) - Poseyville, Ind.71
Brad Hardin(a) - Indianapolis, Ind.71
 
IPSWICH, MASS. - IPSWICH CC
 
John Curley - Osterville, Mass.70
James Driscoll - Brookline, Mass.70
Richard Parker - Lebanon, N.H.71
Travis Hall - Cedar Rapids, Iowa72
Kirk Hanefeld - Westford, Mass.72
Frank Dully II - Salem, Mass.72
Christiaan Vander Velde - Norwich, Conn.72
Alternates
Craig Steckowych(a) - Greenland, N.H.74
Francis Quinn - Holden, Mass.74
Tim Mooradian(a) - Hopedale, Mass.74
Darren Bolton(a) - Lynnfield, Mass.74
v KUTZTOWN, PA. - BERKLEIGH CC
 
Bob Fritz - Allentown, Pa.70
Gregg Meyer - Kissimmee, Fla.71
George Forster - Villanova, Pa.71
Sean O'Hair - Weston, Fla.72
Perry Landis(a) - Kutztown, Pa.72
Don Dimoff - Red Lion, Pa.72
Alternates
James Sullivan - Philadelphia, Pa.73
Scott Edwards - Lancaster, Pa.73
Dan Terlescki - Phoenixville, Pa.73
Kyle Davis(a) - Kennett Square, Pa.73
 
LAKELAND, FLA. - GRASSLANDS G&CC
 
Zoran Ilic - Lakeland, Fla.68
David Kirkpatrick - Lakeland, Fla.68
Russell Stocker - Homosassa, Fla.71
Andy Bean - Lakeland, Fla.71
Alternates
Bob Lohr - Orlando, Fla.71
Marco Dawson - Lakeland, Fla.71
Bradley Lusenhop(a) - Gloversville, N.Y.72
Michael Olson - Lakehurst, N.J.72
LOCKPORT, ILL. - BIG RUN GC
 
Bradley Klapprott - Keokuk, Iowa72
Michael Slaven(a) - Glencoe, Ill.74
Matthew Maskel(a) - Morris, Ill.74
Ken Vanko(a) - Aurora, Ill.74
David Roesch - Menomonee Falls, Wis.74
Constant Dematti Chicago, Ill.74
Alternates
Barry Conser - Scottsdale, Ariz.74
Danny Mulhearn - Wheaton, Ill.75
Richard Dukelow(a) - Orland Park, Ill.75
Craig McDonnell(a) - Chicago, Ill.75
 
LOMPOC, CALIF. - LA PURISIMA GC
 
O D Vincent - La Quinta, Calif.70
John Doum Scottsdale, Ariz.70
Chris Zambri - Camarillo, Calif.70
Charley Hoffman - Las Vegas, Nev.70
Rick Garboski - Newbury Park, Calif.71
Chad Wright - Ventura, Calif.71
Alternates
Travis Johnson(a) - Bellflower, Calif.71
Jon Fiedler - Camarillo, Calif.72
Tom Stankowski - Ventura, Calif.72
Todd Pence - Cheney, Wash.72
 
MUSKEGON, MICH. - MUSKEGON CC
 
John Koskinen(a) - Baraga, Mich.68
Adam Speirs - Canada70
Andrew Mogg - Warren, Mich.73
Scott Hayes - Rochester Hills, Mich.74
Alternates
Kyle Kurant(a) - Muskegon, Mich.74
Steve Brady - Rochester Hills, Mich.75
David Schultz(a) - St Joseph, Mich.75
Dave Wilson Jr(a) - Grand Rapids, Mich.75
 
PONTE VEDRA BCH, FLA. - MARSH LANDING CC
 
Sonny Kirkwood - Jacksonville, Fla.67
Jean Pacetti - St Augustine, Fla.67
Erik Labitzke(a) - Daytona Beach, Fla.68
Hank Smith - St Simons Island, Ga.70
Don Bell - Port Orange, Fla.70
Charles Raulerson Jr - Atlantic Beach, Fla.70
Alternates
Steve Scott - West Palm Beach, Fla.71
Cliff Kresge - Apopka, Fla.72
Mac Butler(a) - St Simons Island, Ga.72
Gene Sauers - Savannah, Ga.72
 
RIVERTON, WYO. - RIVERTON CC
 
Jared Shears - Roy, Utah66
Alternates
Milan Swilor - Sandy, Utah70
Michael Urbatchka(a) - Sheridan, Wyo.70
Kyle Landon - Casper, Wyo.71
 
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - IRONDEQUOIT CC
 
David Hearn - Canada72
Danny Mijovic - Canada72
Kerry Short - Canada73
Jason Burch - Canada73
David McKenzie - Australia73
Alternates
Changwan Woo(a) - Canada74
Jim Roy(a) - Syracuse, N.Y.74
Terry Miskolczi - Canada75
Nick Leigh(a) - Canada75
 
SOUTH BEND, IND. - SOUTH BEND CC
 
John Guyton - Decatur, Ill.72
John Connelly - Perrysburg, Ohio72
Craig Spence - Australia72
Alternates
Shiv Kapur(a) - India73
Josh Heiple - Sturgis, Mich.73
Gary March - Arlington Heights, Ill.74
 
WESTON, FLA. - WESTON HILLS (TOUR)
 
Steven Wheatcroft - Washington, Pa.68
Ricardo Ronderos - Colombia69
Ken Duke - Boca Raton, Fla.69
Nicholas Thompson(a) - Coral Springs, Fla.70
Michael Smallcorn - Ft Lauderdale, Fla.70
Alan Zimmerman - Walkersville, Md.70
Alternates
Greg Kopf(a) - Bay Harbor Island, Fla.70
Paul Toliuszis(a) - Miami Beach, Fla.70
Brandon White(a) - Coral Springs, Fla.71
David Bishop - Coral Springs, Fla.71
 
WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. - TACONIC GC
 
William Hadden(a) - S Londonderry, Vt.69
Rick Karbowski - Worcester, Mass.70
Jonathan Brisbane - Rutland, Vt.70
Alternates
Ron Philo - Stowe, Vt.71
Bill Rosenblum - Ludlow, Mass.71
Larry Nuger(a) - Longmeadow, Mass.72
Matthew Donovan - Pittsfield, Mass.73
 
YORBA LINDA, CALIF. - BLACK GOLD GC
 
Mark Scheibach - Indian Wells, Calif.71
Lenny Park(a) - Rowland Heights, Calif.71
John Lieber(a) - San Diego, Calif.72
David Oh(a) - Cerritos, Calif.72
Ron Skayhan - Los Angeles, Calif.73
Jorge Corral - Mexico74
Chris Botsford(a) - Pasadena, Calif.74
Alternates
James Bendotoff - Palo Alto, Calif.74
Ryan Welborn - Chino Hills, Calif.74
 
May 17, 2002
 
HARTLAND, WIS. - BRISTLECONE PINES
 
Robert Gregorski(a) - Cato, Wis.67
Alan McLean - So Africa67
John Raski III - Middleton, Wis.70
Brad Peck - Madison, Wis.71
Benjamin Bost - Mequon, Wis.71
Alternates
John Freeman - Muskego, Wis.72
Jake Pasch(a) - Fox Point, Wis.72
Terry Govern - Evanston, Ill.73
Sean English - Hartland, Wis.74
 
KNOXVILLE, TENN. - HOLSTON HILLS CC
 
Ross Cox(a) - Knoxville, Tenn.68
Brandon Skeen(a) - Jefferson City, Tenn.68
Eric Rebmann - Knoxville, Tenn.71
Bill Roach(a) - Knoxville, Tenn.71
Alternates
Bjorn Svedin(a) - Hendersonville, Tenn.71
Chris Brauner(a) - Greensboro, N.C.71
Kip Henley - Crossville, Tenn.71
Buddy Harston - Lexington, Ky.72
 
PALM CITY, FLA. - HARBOUR RIDGE
 
Jorge Benedetti - Colombia69
James Vargas(a) - Miami, Fla.70
Paul Antenucci - Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.72
Chris Krueger - Wilmington, Del.72
Brian Peaper - Tequesta, Fla.72
Alternates
Christian CzajBoca Raton, Fla.73
Rod Curl Jr - Redding, Calif.73
Damian Hale - Trinidad Tobago74
Ed Humenik - Palm City, Fla.74
 
TACOMA, WASH. - OAKBROOK G&CC
 
Christopher Ming - Fife, Wash.66
J D Kocher(a) - Kent, Wash.67
Mark Worthington - Kirkland, Wash.69
Mark Olson - Des Moines, Wash.69
Chris Griffin - Tacoma, Wash.69
Danny Norton - Canada70
Alternates
Kristopher Yardley - Canada71
Chris Jorgensen - Blaine, Wash.71
Joel Skarbo - Seattle, Wash.71
Troy Kelly - Tacoma, Wash.71
May 16, 2002
 
ANACONDA, MONT. - OLD WORKS GC
 
Chris Wall - Dallas, Texas67
Billy Thompson(a) - Great Falls, Mont.67
Alternates
Michael Grob - Billings, Mont.67
Steve White(a) - Jackson, Wyo.68
Shelby Chrest - Canada71
Ryan Malby - Kalispell, Mont.71
 
BIRMINGHAM, ALA. - PINE TREE CC
 
Jeff Champion - Riverside, Ala.68
Spike McRoy - Huntsville, Ala.69
Michael Pearson - Alpharetta, Ga.70
Mark Blackburn - Guntersville, Ala.70
Jason Dillard - Birmingham, Ala.71
Alternates
Michael Brice - Auburn, Ala.72
John Gerber - Columbus, Ohio72
Jeff Street - Tuscaloosa, Ala.72
Woodie Eubanks - Greer, S.C.73
 
CITRUS SPRINGS, FLA. - EL DIABLO G&CC
 
Ted Potter Jr(a) - Silver Springs, Fla.66
Jimmie Brothers - Inverness, Fla.68
Alternates
Rick Heath - Windermere, Fla.70
Greg Towne - Clermont, Fla.72
Dean Stokes - Jacksonville, Fla.72
Marty Caifano - Oak Lawn, Ill.72
 
LK BUENA VISTA, FLA. - WDW (PALM COURSE)
 
Matthew Every(a) - Daytona Beach, Fla.67
Stan Geer - Cape Coral, Fla.68
John O'Leary - Celebration, Fla.69
David Hronek - North Port, Fla.69
Tim Dawson - Kissimmee, Fla.70
Alex RochOrlando, Fla.70
Alternates
David W Smith - Longwood, Fla.70
Brian Mogg - Orlando, Fla.71
Mark Jones - Orlando, Fla.71
David Jackson - Monticello, Fla.71
 
MIDWAY, PA. - QUICKSILVER GC
 
Michael Harris - Troy, Mich.71
John MazzBeaver Falls, Pa.73
James CichrPittsburgh, Pa.73
Gordon Vietmeier - Pittsburgh, Pa.73
Bob Ford - Oakmont, Pa.73
Alternates
Sean Knapp(a) - Oakmont, Pa.74
Kevin Shields - Presto, Pa.74
John Jones(a) - Lower Burrell, Pa.74
Darren Davis - Los Angeles, Calif.75
 
NAPLES, FLA. - TWIN EAGLES G&CC
 
Michael-John Creedy - Bonita Springs, Fla.69
John Lee - Naples, Fla.69
J D Murray - Naples, Fla.70
Mike Dopslaff - Cape Coral, Fla.71
Gene Fieger - Naples, Fla.71
Andrew Zullo - Estero, Fla.72
Alternates
Daniel McEachern - Orlando, Fla.73
Ethan Rost - Jefferson City, Mo.73
Jason Clark - Rollinsford, N.H.74
Tom Patri - Naples, Fla.74
 
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - THE RIVER GC
 
Chris Greenwood - Valdese, N.C.68
Scott Volpitto - Jupiter, Fla.70
Brooks Blackburn - Augusta, Ga.70
Skip Taylor(a) - Flat Rock, N.C.71
Alternates
Rhett Graham(a) - Myrtle Beach, S.C.71
Richard Maddox(a) - Panama City, Fla.71
Adam Thomas - Baxley, Ga.72
Lincoln Blackman - Augusta, Ga.72
 
PELHAM MANOR, N.Y. - PELHAM CC
 
Paul Alexander - Rye, N.Y.70
Robert Bigonette - Fairfield, Conn.72
Dennis Ward - Rye, N.Y.72
Mark Mielke - East Norwich, N.Y.73
Timothy Shifflett - E Rockaway, N.Y.74
Steve Leblanc(a) - Stamford, Conn.74
George Zahringer III(a) - New York, N.Y.74
David Young - Garrison, N.Y.74
David BakytMahopac, N.Y.74
Charlie Bolling Jr - Glen Cove, N.Y.74
Alternates
Jonny Doppelt(a) - Great Neck, N.Y.74
Joseph Sommers(a) - Stamford, Conn.74
 
ST LOUIS, MO. - NORWOOD HILLS(WEST)
 
Larry Emery - St Louis, Mo.68
Jeffrey Julian - Branson, Mo.70
Bob Gaus - St Louis, Mo.70
Jason Schultz - Columbia, Mo.72
Donald Bliss(a) - St Louis, Mo.72
David Garren - St Louis, Mo.73
Alternates
Michael Tucker - St Louis, Mo.73 Michael Britt Pavelonis - Harrisburg, Ill.73
Brian Kennedy(a) - St Louis, Mo.74
Jim Knoesel - Columbia, Mo.74
 
May 15, 2002
 
CTY OF INDUSTRY, CALIF. - INDUSTRY HILLS GC
 
Jeff Freeman - La Quinta, Calif.68
Christopher Anderson - Covina, Calif.68
Kevin NDiamond Bar, Calif.70
John Ray Leary - Culver City, Calif.70
Shingo Matsuo - Hacienda Heights, Calif.71
Jason Beebe - Ventura, Calif.72
James Agate(a) - Los Angeles, Calif.72
Alternates
Barry Jaeckel - Palm Desert, Calif.72
Eric Wang(a) - Cypress, Calif.72
 
LUBBOCK, TEXAS - LUBBOCK CC
 
Joe Ogilvie - Austin, Texas68
Brian Smith(a) - Lubbock, Texas71
Alternates
Ralph Ellis(a) - Amarillo, Texas71
Erick Willcoxon(a) - Lubbock, Texas72
Scott Rundell(a) - Lubbock, Texas73
Steven Russell - Amarillo, Texas73
 
MARSTONS MILLS, MASS. - OLDE BARNSTABLE
 
Kevin Quinn(a) - Needham, Mass.71
Timothy HegnBird Island, Minn.74
Adam Hemeon - Canada74
Alternates
Chip Johnson - North Scituate, Mass.75
Mike Calef(a) - West Bridgewater, Mass.75
Corey Huss(a) - Woodstock, Ga.75
NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF. - NEWPORT BEACH CC
 
Dan Buchner - Los Angeles, Calif.64
Mike Fergin - Tustin, Calif.68
William Coleman(a) - Huntington Beach, Calif.69
Monte Scheinblum - Newport Coast, Calif.69
Justin Boatman - Ladera Ranch, Calif.69
Roger Gunn - Oak Park, Calif.70
John Burckle - Mission Viejo, Calif.70
 
WICHITA, KAN. - WICHITA CC
 
Jeff McMillian - Stillwater, Okla.74
Patrick Lee - Little Rock, Ark.75
Alternates
Greg Bray - Wichita, Kan.76
Edward Loar - Dallas, Texas77
Eric Mork(a) - Wichita, Kan.78
Juan Tabares - Colombia78
 
May 14, 2002
 
CHARLESTON, W.VA. - BERRY HILL CC
 
Scott Davis - Hurricane, W.Va.68
Jonathan Clark - Mifflintown, Pa.69
Alternates
Patrick Carter(a) - Lesage, W.Va.69
Scotty Kral - Canada69
Brad Westfall - Grafton, W.Va.70
Bobby Gee - Dallas, Texas71
 
PORTSMOUTH, R.I. - GREEN VALLEY CC
 
Jim Nickerson - Augusta, Maine70
Frank Szymkowicz - Warwick, R.I.70
Christopher Congdon - N Attleboro, Mass.70
Patrick Horgan III - Newport, R.I.73
Alternates
John Drohen(a) - Coventry, R.I.73
Kelley Moser - E Norwalk, Conn.74
Paul Heffernan Jr(a) - Wellesley, Mass.74
Bryce Wallor - Willimantic, Conn.74
 
WILLIAMSPORT, PA. - WILLIAMSPORT CC
 
Drew Symons - Canada66
Jim Bohn(a) - Mifflinburg, Pa.71
Alternates
James Muir - Canada72
Derek Gillespie - Canada72
Wes Martin - Canada73
Rob Johnson - Terre Haute, Ind.73
 
May 13, 2002
 
ALBANY, N.Y. - WOLFERT'S ROOST GC
 
Dal Daily - Cobleskill, N.Y.71
Tele Wightman(a) - Chicopee, Mass.72
Marco Poccia(a) - Saratoga Springs, N.Y.72
Len Bush - Albany, N.Y.72
Frank Mellet - Voorheesville, N.Y.72
Alternates
Jerry Impellittiere - New Windsor, N.Y.73
David Hayes(a) - Menands, N.Y.73
Michael Daniels(a) - Albany, N.Y.73
Jeremy Greville - Canada73
 
BOWLING GREEN, KY. - INDIAN HILLS CC
 
Eric Axley - Athens, Tenn.70
Charles Cornette(a) - Greenville, Ky.71
Ted Beckmann - Louisville, Ky.73
Lee Childress(a) - Calvert City, Ky.73
Ken Postlewait Jr - Louisville, Ky.73
Alternates
John Brannen(a) - Clarksville, Tenn.74
Brett Jones(a) - Paducah, Ky.74
Hunter Cassady - Louisville, Ky.74
Kelly Maxwell - Louisville, Ky.75
 
DENVER, COLO. - BUFFALO RUN GC
 
Matt Schalk - Boulder, Colo.67
Thomas Hart(a) - Englewood, Colo.68
Kenny Coakley(a) - Lakewood, Colo.68
Derek Tolan(a) - Highlands Ranch, Colo.68
Ben Portie(a) - Westminster, Colo.68
Paul Hebinck - Denver, Colo.69
Geoff Keffer - Lakewood, Colo.69
Alternates
Brandon Lawson(a) - Elburn, Ill.69
Barry Milstead - Englewood, Colo.69
Thomas Richardson - Greenwood Village, Colo.69
Nicholas Orr - Portland, Ore.70
 
EL PASO, TEXAS - PAINTED DUNES DESER
 
Rick Todd - El Paso, Texas70
Paul Spangler - Mesa, Ariz.71
Alternates
Gabriel Ramos - Chandler, Ariz.72
A J Keipp - El Paso, Texas72
Michael Smith - Watseka, Ill.72
Luis Delgadillo - El Paso, Texas72
 
GOODYEAR, ARIZ. - ESTRELLA MTN RANCH
 
Jesse Mueller(a) - Mesa, Ariz.66
Ricky Barnes(a) - Stockton, Calif.68
Robert Secrest - Oxnard, Calif.69
Ken Carpenter - Scottsdale, Ariz.69
Jeff Showalter - Phoenix, Ariz.69
Erich Helmich - Aspen, Colo.69
Alternates
John Dalzell - Scottsdale, Ariz.70
Chad Rogers - Gilbert, Ariz.70
Scott Berliner - Scottsdale, Ariz.70
Stephen Allan - Australia70
 
GRAPEVINE, TEXAS - COWBOYS GC
 
Vaughn Moise(a) - Kingwood, Texas69
Gary Ezmerlian - Fort Worth, Texas69
Chuck Young - Dallas, Texas70
Brandon Scott - Justin, Texas70
Alternates
Brian Grossman(a) - Mansfield, Texas71
Jeff Mixon - Fort Worth, Texas71
Steve Wilson - Arlington, Texas71
Dillard Pruitt(a) - Greenville, S.C.72
 
HARRISBURG, PA. - COLONIAL CC
 
Jeff Daniels - Harrisburg, Pa.69
Craig Marseilles - Canada70
Mark Szewczyk - New Oxford, Pa.71
Jim Fuller(a) - Muskogee, Okla.71
Alternates
Jeffrey Turton(a) - Ithaca, N.Y.71
Thomas Lee(a) - Guttenberg, N.J.71
Peter Micklewright - Plainfield, N.J.72
Timothy Ostrom(a) - York, Pa.73
 
HAWORTH, N.J. - HAWORTH GC
 
Mike Burke - Towaco, N.J.68
Wilfredo Morales - Dorado, Puerto Rico69
Jason Caron - Jupiter, Fla.69
Christopher Mazzuchetti - East Brunswick, N.J.70
Adam Fuchs(a) - Plainview, N.Y.71
Terry Manziano - Sussex, N.J.72
Richard Massey - Harrington Park, N.J.72
Baker MadderCranford, N.J.72
Alternate
Thomas SipulRivervale, N.J.73
 
HEATHROW, FLA. - CC AT HEATHROW
 
Paul Curry - Heathrow, Fla.71
Matthew Borchert - Orlando, Fla.71
Tripp Isenhour - Orlando, Fla.72
David Boesel(a) - Winter Park, Fla.72
Danny Ellis - Lake Mary, Fla.72
Christopher Moore - New Smurna Beach, Fla.72
Alternates
Cliff Wright Jr - Longwood, Fla.73
Brian Reed - Orlando, Fla.73
Paul Kenny - Bethel, Conn.73
Scott Chipokas - Cedar Rapids, Iowa73
 
HIGHLAND MI, MICH. - PRESTWICK VILLAGE
 
Brent Goik - Bay City, Mich.69
Anthony Dietz - Highland Township, Mich.70
Matthew McDougall - Rochester Hills, Mich.71
Donald Davis - South Rockwood, Mich.72
Bill O'Connor(a) - Birmingham, Mich.72
Alternates
Thomas Harding - South Lyon, Mich.72
Scott Schulte - St Clair Shores, Mich.72
James Kostaroff - Lansing, Mich.73
Matt Seppanen - Rochester Hills, Mich.73
 
HIGHLAND UT, UTAH - ALPINE CC
 
Daniel Summerhays(a) - Farmington, Utah67
Brett Wayment - Logan, Utah67
Roy Christensen - Spanish Fork, Utah68
Alternates
Ryan Ellis(a) - Draper, Utah69
Casey Fowles(a) - Delta, Utah70
Christopher Moody - Provo, Utah70
Pete Stone(a) - Bountiful, Utah70
 
HOLLIDAYSBURG, PA. - SCOTCH VALLEY CC
 
Chip Zimmerman - Pittsburgh, Pa.66
Ryan SikorN Huntingdon, Pa.69
Randy Repko - Cresson, Pa.69
Alternates
William Sautter - Warrington, Pa.69
Craig Mankins - Indiana, Pa.71
Thomas Stevenson - Oakmont, Pa.71
Joe Nieporte - Farmington, Pa.71
 
HOUSTON, TEXAS - CLUB CARLTON WOODS
 
Brad Lardon - Austin, Texas72
Lance Lopez(a) - Fresno, Texas73
Jean-Paul Hebert - Houston, Texas73
Brian Smith - Houston, Texas73
Billy Tuten - Sugar Land, Texas73
Stephen Reed(a) - Houston, Texas74
Scott Curiel - Huffman, Texas75
Alternates
Simon Robinson(a) - United Kingdom76
Brad McIntosh(a) - Australia76
Brian Domingues - Beaumont, Texas76
Robby McWilliams(a) - Spring Hill, La.76
 
KANSAS CITY, MO. - KANSAS CITY CC
 
Bryan Norton(a) - Mission Hills, Kan.68
Casey Harbour(a) - Lake Quivira, Kan.69
Jon Troutman - Osawatomie, Kan.70
Jake Istnick - Tulsa, Okla.71
Chris Thompson - Independence, Kan.71
Chad Lydiatt - Lincoln, Neb.71
Bryan Milberger(a) - Olathe, Kan.71
Brett Alexander - Richland, Mo.72
Bruce Vaughan - Hutchinson, Kan.73
Alternates
Robert Russell - Joplin, Mo.73
Bryan Hughett - Norfolk, Neb.73
Kory Bowman - Springfield, Mo.73
Len Johnsen Jr - Wesley Chapel, Fla.73
 
ORLANDO, FLA. - METROWEST CC
 
Rich Crim - Orlando, Fla.69
Brad Stainsby(a) - Lakeland, Fla.70
Doug RheOrlando, Fla.71
Derrick Centers - Somerset, Ky.71
Todd Parks - Gotha, Fla.72
Robert Proben - Redford, Mich.72
Alternates
T J Cosrove - Orlando, Fla.72
B J Pitzen(a) - Toledo, Ohio72
Bryan Conway - Frankfort, Ky.72
Brandyn Schneider - Orlando, Fla.72
 
PHOENIX, ARIZ. - THUNDERBIRDS GC
 
Brian Guetz - Scottsdale, Ariz.63
Scott Watkins - Scottsdale, Ariz.66
Nick Manthey(a) - Mesa, Ariz.68
Joel Kribel - Phoenix, Ariz.68
James Contreras - Chandler, Ariz.68
Jeff Yurkiewicz - Mesa, Ariz.69
Alternates
Damon Krause - Chandler, Ariz.69
Rich Elias - Green Valley, Ariz.69
Anthony Arvidson - Portland, Ore.69
Jon Stanley - Phoenix, Ariz.70
 
PORTLAND, ORE. - WAVERLEY CC
 
Justin St Clair(a) - Springfield, Ore.68
Bob Rannow - Forence, Ore.68
Carl Johnsen(a) - Gresham, Ore.69
Brent Murray - Lake Oswego, Ore.69
Derek Croskrey - Portland, Ore.70
Jeffrey Mashos - Salem, Ore.71
Alternates
Jeff Thomas - Walla Walla, Wash.71
Scott Johnson - Kennewick, Wash.71
Randy Arvidson(a) - Portland, Ore.72
 
PUEBLO, COLO. - WALKING STICK GC
 
Nolan Martin(a) - Colorado Springs, Colo.68
Anthony Giarratano(a) - Denver, Colo.69
Mike Northern - Colorado Springs, Colo.70
Jerry Ledzinski(a) - Carmel, Calif.70
Erik Stone - Denver, Colo.70
Sam Proal(a) - Denver, Colo.71
Michael ZarembPueblo West, Colo.71
Alternates
Matthew Brunk(a) - Fort Collins, Colo.71
Mark Crabtree - Morrison, Colo.71
Todd Vernon - Greenwood Village, Colo.72
Ben Maher - Aspen, Colo.72
 
RANCHO SANTA FE, CALIF. - FAIRBANKS RANCH CC
 
Bill Lumde - Las Vegas, Nev.69
Scott Mahlberg - San Diego, Calif.70
Michael Shelly(a) - Tumon, GU70
Kevin Odom - San Diego, Calif.70
Brandon Kearney(a) - San Diego, Calif.70
Stanley Watkins - Newport Beach, Calif.71
Rob Mangini(a) - Scottsdale, Ariz.71
Alternates
Mike Nokes - San Diego, Calif.71
Michael Lavery(a) - Irvine, Calif.71
Larry CorreSan Diego, Calif.71
 
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - SAN ANTONIO CC
 
Mac Wylie - Boerne, Texas67
Larry Seligmann(a) - Houston, Texas69
Corbin King - Round Rock, Texas69
Ryan Palmer - Amarillo, Texas70
Trey Hallmark(a) - San Antonio, Texas71
Alternates
Gene Williams - Beeville, Texas72
Crlo Grever-Devicenzo - San Antonio, Texas73
David Petry - San Antonio, Texas73
Pat Youngs(a) - League City, Texas74
 
TAMPA, FLA. - HUNTER'S GREEN CC
 
Tony Soerries - Hobe Sound, Fla.69
Royce Warren - Holiday, Fla.69
Jeremy Hobson(a) - Thonotosassa, Fla.70
George McNeill - Ft Myers, Fla.70
Eric Booker - Naples, Fla.70
Bob Heintz - Palm Harbor, Fla.70
Alternates
Kevin Hoffer - N Ft Myers, Fla.70
Brian Wertz(a) - Tampa, Fla.72
Mark Klitzke - Tampa, Fla.72
Mike Schmidt - Brandon, Fla.72
 
TOLEDO, OHIO - MAUMEE BAY R
 
Erik Ciotti - Barrington, Ill.73
Joe Rinker - Canada74
Ben Curtis - Kent, Ohio74
Alternates
Kyle Weisenburger(a) - Findlay, Ohio75
Jeff Mallette(a) - N Canton, Ohio75
Michael Ignasiak(a) - Saline, Mich.75
Nick Myers - Toledo, Ohio75

VERO BEACH, FLA. - JOHN'S ISLAND(WEST)
 
Adam Armagost - Jupiter, Fla.70
Matthew Avrill(a) - Vero Beach, Fla.71
Mike Kostelnik - Greensburg, Pa.73
Matthew Doyle - W Simsbury, Conn.74
Lee Stroever(a) - Jupiter, Fla.74
Joseph Kern - Titusville, Fla.74
Alternates
Chris Englund - Mt Dora, Fla.74
Ted Tryba Orlando, Fla.75
Chris Kaufman - Coral Springs, Fla.75
Scott Lubin - Jupiter, Fla.75
 
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. - BEAR LAKES (LAKES)
 
Kevin Johnson - Pembroke, Mass.66
Will Burnitz - Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.70
Robert Floyd - Jupiter, Fla.70
Hiroshi Matsuo - Jupiter, Fla.70
Gregory King - West Palm Beach, Fla.70
Bruce Zabriski - Jupiter, Fla.70
Alternates
Gary Nicklaus - Jupiter, Fla.71
Arthur Hafemann - Boynton Beach, Fla.71
Jamie Neher - Tequesta, Fla.71
Joseph Cordani Jr - Simsbury, Conn.71
 

May 10, 2002
 
BEATRICE, NEB. - BEATRICE CC
 
Ed Wyatt - Lincoln, Neb.68
Ryan Vermeer - Omaha, Neb.70
Alternates
Jeffrey Schmid - Deland, Fla.70
Jason Peterson(a) - Norfolk, Neb.71
Jason Bender - Elkhorn, Neb.72
Curtis Garver(a) - Fort Morgan, Colo.72
 

BOYNTON BEACH, FLA. - HUNTER'S RUN(SOUTH)
 
Duke Donahue - Coral Srings, Fla.66
Dennis Rasku Jr - Deerfield Beach, Fla.69
Craig Matheson - Wellington, Fla.69
Steve Burns - Boca Raton, Fla.70
Michael Adamson - Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.70
Justin Hicks - Boynton Beach, Fla.70
Alternates
Bryant Mackellar - Rochester Hills, Mich.71
John Bloomfield - Jamaica71
David Ladd - Atlantis, Fla.72
Tom Eubank - Wellington, Fla.73
 
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - ONONDAGA G&CC
 
Eric Manning - Cortland, N.Y.71
Mel Baum - Syracuse, N.Y.72
Steven Barber - Rochester, N.Y.73
Kelly Mills - Canada73
Alternates
Dan McNeely - Canada73
Joe Tesori - Dewitt, N.Y.73
Ryan Macdonald - Pittsford, N.Y.73
Wesley Cupp(a) - Rome, N.Y.73
 

May 9, 2002
 
JACKSON, N.J. - PINE BARRENS GC
 
Michael Laudien - Oyster Bay, N.Y.70
Chris Noll(a) - Dover, Del.70
Sandy Morrison - West New York, N.J.71
Andrew Brock - Chatham, N.J.71
Michael Meehan - Locust Valley, N.Y.72
Pete Busch - Scotch Plains, N.J.73
Brent Studer - Manasquan, N.J.73
Cassidy Traub(a) - Long Beach, Calif.74
Alternates
Kevin Weyeneth - E Brunswick, N.J.74
Michael LanzettEast Windsor, N.J.74
Ronald McDougal - Eatontown, N.J.74
Peter Stefanchik - Pricenton, N.J.74
 
MT LAUREL, N.J. - LAUREL CREEK CC
 
Mark Walker(a) - Marlton, N.J.67
Sean Leonard(a) - Medford, N.J.68
Drew Anders(a) - Mt Laurel, N.J.68
David Quinn - Marlton, N.J.69
Dave West(a) - Downingtown, Pa.69
Rich Steinmetz - Perkiomenville, Pa.70
Alternates
John Dimarco - Mt Laurel, N.J.70
Lloyd Weston - United Kingdom71
John Appleget - Dorothy, N.J.71
David Seeman Jr - Wilmington, Del.71
 

May 8, 2002
 
ABITA SPRINGS, LA. - MONEY HILL G&CC
 
Greg Sonnier - Lake Charles, La.67
Scott Moore - Shreveport, La.68
Pat Nanney Jr - Sharon, Tenn.68
Greg Howell - Petal, Miss.68
Alternates
Alberto OchoEdinburg, Texas69
Salvatore Spallone - Vero Beach, Fla.69
Anthony Price - Raymond, Miss.70
Alex Rodger - Redlands, Calif.70
 
DESTIN, FLA. - REGATTA BAY G&CC
 
David Cooke - Tallahassee, Fla.68
Matt Filipowicz - Alpharetta, Ga.69
Kevin Warrick(a) - Valrico, Fla.69
Alternates
Chris Bedore - Gulf Breeze, Fla.71
Shelton Delk - Pensacola, Fla.71
Troy Warrick(a) - Ozark, Ala.72
Buddy Gardner - Destin, Fla.72
 
PALM HARBOR, FLA. - WESTIN INNISBROOK
 
Kelly Sellers - Lakeland, Fla.68
D J Holland - Odessa, Fla.69
Doug Lacrosse - Tampa, Fla.70
Brett Blondell(a) - Lakeland, Fla.71
Brendan Takacs - Tarpon Springs, 71
Alternates
Andrew Goodwin - Clearwater, Fla.71
Richard Kerper(a) - Safety Harbor, Fla.71
Adam Gary(a) - Bowling Green, Ky.71
Donny Totten - Pittsburgh, Pa.72
 

May 7, 2002
 
WALLACE, N.C. - RIVER LANDING CC
 
Wes Heffernan - Canada69
Ryan Grant - Cumming, Ga.70
Palmer Smith - Magnolia, N.C.70
Kyle Bradley(a) - Aususta, Ga.70
Ben Bates - Havana, Fla.70
Walker Taylor(a) - Wilmington, N.C.71
Todd Grassi - Erie, Pa.71
Nicholas Biesecker - Lexington, N.C.71
Korky Kemp - Greensboro, N.C.71
Jin Park - Scottsdale, Ariz.71
Erik Compton - Miami, Fla.71
Alternates
Robert Gamez - Las Vegas, Nev.71
Chris Eaves - Wallace, N.C.72
Scott Newton - High Point, N.C.72
Marion Dantzler - Orangeburg, S.C.72
 

May 6, 2002
 
AUSTIN, TEXAS - AUSTIN CC
 
Jaime Omar Gomez - San Antonio, Texas69
Troy Matteson(a) - Clinton, Tenn. 70
Henrik Simonsen - Bee Cave, Texas70
Russell Surber(a) - Flintridge, Calif.71
John SosAustin, Texas71
Tim Sanchez(a) - Austin, Texas72
Alternates
Kyle Jerome - Cedar Park, Texas73
Ted Soule - Austin, Texas73
Billy Dunson - Arlington, Texas73
John Klauk(a) - Ponte Vedra Bch, Fla.73
 
ELLINGTON, CONN. - ELLINGTON RIDGE CC
 
Kevin Ausserlechner - Hartsdale, N.Y.70
Michael Sims - McLean, Va.73
Matthew Torrance(a) - East Lyme, Conn.73
John Paesani - Norwich, Conn.73
Bobby Gage - Longwood, Fla.74
Alternates
Jon Curran(a) - Hopkinton, Mass.74
Billy Downes - Hampden, Mass.74
Craig Kealey - Wallingford, Conn.74
Mark Peterson(a) - South Windsor, Conn.74
 
HONOLULU, HAWAII - WAIALAE CC
 
Stan Souz - Honolulu, Hawaii71
Larry Stubblefield - Kailua, Hawaii73
Alternates
Peter Wilson - Australia74
Matt Kodama(a) - Las Vegas, Nev.75
 
WOODBRIDGE, CONN. - WOODBRIDGE CC
 
David Garrity(a) - Fairfield, Conn.70
Frank Abatino - White Plains, N.Y.71
Tom Delrosso - Cheshire, Conn.72
Jeff Hedden(a) - Waterford, Conn.72
Mark Farrell(a) - Westport, Conn.73
Alternates
Robert Labritz - Fairfield, Conn.73
Colin Amaral - Hamden, Conn.73
Shelby Lowman - Greenwich, Conn.73
Stephen Sokol(a) - Oxford, Conn.73
 
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Ortiz leads LAAC through 54; Niemann, Gana one back

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 8:15 pm

Mexico's Alvaro Ortiz shot a 1-under 70 Monday to take the 54-hole lead at the Latin America Amateur Championship in Chile.

At 4 under for the week, he leads by one over over Argentina's Jaime Lopez Rivarola, Chile's Toto Gana and Joaquin Niemann, and Guatemala's Dnaiel Gurtner.

Ortiz is the younger brother of three-time Web.com winner Carlos. Alvaro, a senior at Arkansas, finished tied for third at the LAAC in 2016 and lost in a three-way playoff last year that included Niemann and Gana, the champion.

Ortiz shared the 54-hole lead with Gana last year and they will once again play in the final group on Tuesday, along with Gurtner, a redshirt junior at TCU.

“Literally, I've been thinking about [winning] all year long," Ortiz said Monday. "Yes, I am a very emotional player, but tomorrow I want to go out calm and with a lot of patience. I don't want the emotions to get the better of me. What I've learned this past year, especially in the tournaments I’ve played for my university, is that I have become more mature and that I have learned how to control myself on the inside on the golf course.”

In the group behind, Niemann is the top-ranked amateur in the world who is poised to turn professional, unless of course he walks away with the title.

“I feel a lot of motivation at the moment, especially because I am the only player in the field that shot seven under (during the second round), and I am actually just one shot off the lead," he said. "So I believe that tomorrow I can shoot another very low round."

Tuesday's winner will earn an invitation to this year's Masters and exemptions into the The Amateur Championship, the U.S. Amateur, sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open, and final qualifying for The Open.

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Monday Scramble: Just getting started

By Will GrayJanuary 22, 2018, 4:30 pm

Tommy Fleetwood dazzles, Jon Rahm outlasts, Phil Mickelson falters, Rory McIlroy starts the year on the right foot and more in this week’s edition of Monday Scramble:

He didn't hit a single shot on Sunday, but the biggest winner of the weekend may have been Thomas Bjorn.

That's because the burly Dane watched one potential European Ryder Cup stud after another either lift a trophy or show significant signs of promise.

First it was Sergio Garcia cruising to victory in Singapore, then Tommy Fleetwood's stirring rally in Abu Dhabi. By the time Jon Rahm finished off the CareerBuilder Challenge in the waning daylight, the European skipper likely had a grin plastered from ear to ear.

There will be countless ebbs and flows of momentum before the first shot is struck at Le Golf National, but this week proved once again that the Americans won't be the only ones sporting some serious depth at the biennial matches.


1. The most dazzling display Sunday came from Fleetwood, who successfully defended his title in Abu Dhabi thanks to an absolutely unconscious back nine.

The Englishman was five shots back when he made the turn, but six birdies over his final nine holes turned that deficit into a two-shot win.

It was in Abu Dhabi last year that he sparked a career turnaround, winning the event en route to the season-long Race to Dubai title. He turned up once again this year with ample confidence and a new wedding ring, and the results were much the same.

He doesn't have the star power of some of his contemporaries, but it's becoming increasingly clear that Fleetwood can more than hold his own against even the best in the game.

2. Hours before Fleetwood caught fire, it was Garcia rolling to a five-shot win in Singapore to complete the transition from tournament headliner to tournament champion.

Garcia was just days removed from his 38th birthday and making his first start with a full bag of Callaway clubs. But he showed no signs of offseason rust or equipment adjustment while capturing his second worldwide win since slipping into his green jacket.

The Spaniard has certainly enjoyed the fruits of his Masters victory nine months ago, but it's apparent that he has no plans to rest on the laurels of last spring.



3. He didn't leave Abu Dhabi with the trophy, but McIlroy may have found something more lasting: confidence.

It was in his first start last year that McIlroy injured his rib and plummeted into a vicious cycle of attempted rehabs and ill-fated comebacks. This time around, he came out of the gates with a relaxed swagger en route to a tie for third.

As Ryan Lavner wrote, it was an ideal beginning to a big year for McIlroy, who has already offered up the notion that 2018 could be the busiest season of his career as he chases the final leg of the career Grand Slam and a return to golf's upper echelon.

After the first leg of a two-week stay in the Middle East, that plan is off to a promising start.

4. Let's take a moment to marvel at McIlroy's record in Abu Dhabi, where he has done everything but win the tournament.

In his last nine appearances, McIlroy has finished fifth or better eight times. That stretch includes four runner-up results and now two straight T-3 finishes.

There remain two equally remarkable factors to McIlroy's run: the fact that he somehow hasn't managed to lift the trophy (yet), and the lone outlier: a missed cut in 2013 after his celebrated switch to Nike.



5. With darkness rapidly encircling the Coachella Valley, Rahm managed to shake off Andrew Landry and capture his second career PGA Tour victory.

Rahm's 20-foot birdie on the fourth playoff hole proved the difference in Palm Springs, where he entered as the highest-ranked player in the field and supported that status with his stout play.

Rahm barely took his foot off the gas, both across the difficult closing stretch at PGA West and during the playoff when he sent one approach after the next hurtling toward the pin. It's the fourth worldwide win in less than a year for Rahm, who continues to outpace even the rosiest of projections for his burgeoning career.

6. The win moves Rahm past Jordan Spieth to world No. 2, making him the fourth-youngest player to ever reach such heights.

One year ago, the Spaniard was ranked 137th in the world. His win at the Farmers Insurance Open the following week altered his trajectory, and he now finds himself only one rung away from the top of the ladder.

While so much focus has been (deservedly) heaped upon players like Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, perhaps it's Rahm who has the best chance to eventually unseat world No. 1 Dustin Johnson. He'll have a chance to chip into that deficit this week as he defends his title at Torrey Pines.



7. Speaking of Torrey Pines, it's officially Farmers Insurance Open week which means that Tiger Woods watch is about to kick off in earnest.

It's something of a tradition to see Woods strolling the fairways of the South Course, where he has won eight times including the 2008 U.S. Open. But this week will bring heightened expectation following Woods' better-than-anticipated return from injury last month at the Hero World Challenge.

Granted, Torrey Pines is a far cry from the forgiving fairways of Albany. But if Woods is able to put together two solid rounds and make the cut, it should be seen as a step in the right direction.

Of course, for all of Woods' success in San Diego, it's also the place where he struggled with chipping yips prior to a withdrawal in 2015 and missed the cut last year in his final official PGA Tour start of the year. So his results this time around might be anyone's guess.

Ken Duke is one of the bona fide nice guys on Tour, and he proved it this weekend in Palm Springs.

Duke is playing off past champion status this season, and he unsuccessfully petitioned tournament officials at the CareerBuilder Challenge for a sponsor invite. With 156 players in the field, Duke was the odd man out at No. 157 and relegated to first alternate status.

He didn't get into the tournament proper, but Duke was willing to step in when Corey Pavin's first Tour start since 2015 ended with a withdrawal after just 17 holes. Because of the tournament's pro-am format, Pavin's amateur partner was left without a pro for the next two rounds.

So in came Duke to play what amounted to a 36-hole pro-am, an effort of good faith to help an event that couldn't find room for him at the start of the week:

It's not often you see a pro compete where his score only counts for his amateur partner. But such was Duke's situation this week, and kudos to him for handling it with class.

This week's award winners ...


Unusually Short Stay: Phil Mickelson. Lefty has become a regular in Palm Springs, but three shaky rounds left him with his first missed cut in this event since 1994 - a few months before Rahm was born.

Nice Job, Kid: Sungjae Im. The 19-year-old Korean joined Jason Day as the only two teenagers to win on the Web.com Tour, as Im shot a final-round 65 to win the season opener in the Bahamas.

A for Effort: Andrew Landry. Landry put up a stellar fight in Palm Springs, holing a birdie putt on the 72nd hole to force a playoff and going shot-for-shot with Rahm for nearly an hour. He came up short in his effort to win for the first time, but Landry certainly has plenty of positive takeaways from his week in the desert.



On the Disabled List: Brooks Koepka. The reigning U.S. Open champ is out for the next couple months because of a torn ligament in his wrist, with hopes of returning before the Masters. The diagnosis comes after Koepka finished last at both the Hero World Challenge and Sentry Tournament of Champions.

Still the Bridesmaid: Ross Fisher. The Englishman now has 14 runner-up finishes on the European Tour after he coughed up a late lead to Fleetwood. It's been a resurgent year for Fisher, including nine top-10s and three runner-ups in his last six starts. But he's still looking for his first win in nearly four years.

More Euro Momentum: Not to be outshone by Fleetwood and McIlroy, Matthew Fitzpatrick (T-3) and Thomas Pieters (T-5) both started the year on the right foot in Abu Dhabi. Both men were at Hazeltine two years ago, and expect one (or both) to factor on the team in Paris this fall.

Blown Fantasy Pick of the Week: Bill Haas. A two-time winner and the all-time leading money-winner in Palm Springs, Haas never factored and eventually missed the cut. Honorable mention here goes to 2014 champ Patrick Reed who also stayed home on Sunday.

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Rosaforte Report: Landry's grit born in a Pea Patch

By Tim RosaforteJanuary 22, 2018, 3:40 pm

In this week's Rosaforte Report: The birthplace of Andrew Landry's grit, Tiger's former coach invites instruction debate, downtime may be good for Brooks Koepka, Stacy Lewis is amped for 2018, and a "very boring" birthday gift for Jack Nicklaus.

The beauty and drama of tournament golf played out in the California desert on Sunday when Andrew Landry, a journeyman who learned the game on a shabby nine-hole course called the Pea Patch in Port Groves, Texas, took the hottest young player in the game, Jon Rahm, to four holes of a sudden death playoff before finally succumbing. It was riveting drama in a yard-for-yard, stride-for-stride and putt-for-putt contrast that ended with the sun setting over the Santa Rosa Mountains.

With it, the 23-year-old Rahm went to No. 2 in the world and the 30-year-old Landry, a grinder finally off the Web.com Tour, moved from 184th to a career high 102nd in the world ranking.

The 5-foot-7 Landry, who had his “Tin Cup” moment in the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont, where he held the first-round lead and hung with the big boys until a T-15 finish, never backed off in the shadow of the 6-foot-2 Rahm, just as he never backed away from bets in the Tuesday and Saturday games at the Pea Patch. That’s where he would write his name on the chalkboard for the “Dog Fights” that were the club’s version of the SWAT competition that is an Oakmont tradition.

“Those money games are what made us,” Andrew’s brother, Adam, told me the day his sibling became the proverbial no-name leader after shooting the lowest opening round (66) in U.S. Open-Oakmont history.

Andrew Landry lost his money game to Rahm, but his second-place finish still paid out $637,200, putting him over the $1 million mark for the season, and sending him off to the Farmers Insurance Open with a message that this isn’t the last time we’ll hear from him.

“We’ll take it and move on to Torrey Pines,” Landry said before exiting Palm Springs. “It’s obviously a great course for me. I’m driving the ball really well and I’m doing everything really good, so we’ll try again next week.”



GREAT(S) DEBATES: Chris Como may not be Tiger Woods’ teacher anymore, but he was recently appointed director of instruction at Dallas National, one of the plush practice environments in golf. He is also architect of an interesting forum on the mental game and the philosophy of instruction Tuesday at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., which features Claude Harmon III, David Leadbetter, Jim McLean, Mike Adams, Fran Pirozzolo, Hal Sutton, Brad Faxon and Brandel Chamblee.

“It’s an event that invited open dialog and debate about all the topics of golf instruction,” Como said in a text message. “The goal is to put a bunch of smart people in the same room together to move our industry forward in a positive direction.”

This should be entertaining dialog, especially coming two days before Tiger makes his comeback at the Farmers.


Stacy Lewis at the 2017 LPGA Cambia Portland Classic


STACY'S SPARK: On the week when she was named winner of the Ben Hogan Award for overcoming scoliosis, Stacy Lewis did what Hogan epitomized – she doggedly continued to work on her game.

Heading into her 10th season on the LPGA tour and facing her 33rd birthday on Feb. 16, Lewis flew from Houston to Florida, on her way to the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic, for checkups with instructor Joe Hallett and performance coach Dave Donatucci.

After workouts and an evaluation at his gym, Donatucci noted the veteran’s vertical leap was 2 inches higher than she’s ever jumped before. “Physically, she’s in a great place,” Donatucci said. Mentally, she is in a great place as well, breaking a 39-month winless streak in September with a victory in the Cambia Portland Classic. After playing lessons at Old Palm and The Floridian, Hallet told me, “There’s an energy there that she’s always had.”

Other than Cristie Kerr, who is 40, the top 10 players in the Race to the CME Globe were all in their 20s. Lewis, who was 13th, told the Houston Chronicle she played some of her best golf the last six to seven tournaments of 2017. “Honestly it doesn’t feel like that start to a new year,” she said. “It just feels like a little bit of a break and I’m starting up again.”



KOEPKA'S HEALING TIME: Claude Harmon III had an interesting take on the torn wrist tendon that will sidelineU.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka until the Masters. “To be honest, the time off for the injury part of it doesn’t worry me,” Harmon said, using last year as his point of reference.

Looking back to the start of 2017, Koepka missed cuts at the Farmers Insurance Open, was T-42 as defending champion of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, missed cuts at the Genesis Open and the Honda Classic, finished T-48 in the no-cut WGC Mexico Championship, and didn’t play on the weekend at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Three months later, Koepka overpowered Erin Hills and tied Rory McIlroy’s U.S. Open scoring record of 16 under par. Harmon used McIlroy’s third-place finish at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in his return “as something to look at and emulate.”

The hard part is that Koepka closed out the 2017 season with a second-place finish in the WGC-HSBC Champions in China and a nine-stroke win over Xander Schauffele in the Dunlop Phoenix, rising to a career high seventh in the world. But between cardio at Joey D’s gym and putting practice (once he gets doctor’s clearance), Harmon doesn’t think Koepka will look at the next three months as down time.



BIG-TIME PERFORMER: Thomas Pieters was back in the top-five of a premier tournament again, finishing T-5 in Abu Dhabi after a run of nine events at the end of 2017 that did not match the first eight months of his rookie year.

Coming off a Ryder Cup performance in 2016 that set European records for most points (4) and wins (4) by a rookie, Pieters was T-2 at the Genesis Open, T-5 at the WGC-Mexico Championship, T-4 at the Masters and solo fourth at the Bridgestone Invitational.

In a news conference after his opening-round 67, Pieters admitted it was nice having fun again and attributed the lack of enjoyment to some struggles he was having off the golf course.

“With a lot of players these days, it’s more off the course than on the course; life in general sometimes causes problems,” swing instructor Pete Cowen told me Monday morning from Dubai, without getting into specifics. “Pieters is looking a lot better. I think he’s now in a great frame of mind.”

After winning the NCAA Championship as a sophomore for Illinois in 2012, the now 25-year-old Belgian is 34th in the world, 33 spots behind his goal.

“Tom Pieters doesn’t want to be a superstar, he just wants to be the best player,” Cowen said. “That’s what drives him … what I like about him. He wants to be the best, and will do whatever it takes to be the best.”



GIFT OF LOVE: What do you give a man that has everything for his 78th birthday? For Barbara Nicklaus it was classified in a text message with a smiley face emoji as a “Very boring!!!!!” gift of two pairs of pants and a shirt.

As you can see from the above photo, just being together with his family and bride of 57 years at The Bears Club was enough.

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Golf Channel to Deliver Worldwide Coverage of the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show, "The Major of Golf Business," Tueday-Friday, Jan. 23-26

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJanuary 22, 2018, 2:45 pm

Morning Drive, Golf Central to Give Viewers Insider Access to the PGA Show with Nearly 20 Hours of Live Coverage; Golf Channel’s School of Golf Instruction Program to Originate From On-Site

Golf Channel’s Portfolio of Lifestyle Brands – GolfNow, Golf Channel Academy, Revolution Golf and World Long Drive On-Site at the PGA Show Contributing to the Network’s Comprehensive Coverage

 

ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 18, 2018) – Golf Channel announced plans for its comprehensive coverage of the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show – the largest golf convention and business gathering in the world – with nearly 20 hours of news and instruction coverage Tuesday, Jan. 23 – Friday, Jan. 26. Golf Channel’s coverage will span across the four days, beginning Tuesday with the “PGA Show Demo Day” from the Orange County National Golf Center & Lodge driving range in Winter Garden, Fla., and continuing Wednesday-Friday at the PGA Merchandise Show from the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

With an insider look at the PGA Merchandise Show – a golf industry event that is not open to the public – Golf Channel’s coverage via Morning Drive and Golf Central will be delivered to a worldwide audience in more than 36 countries. Coverage will provide viewers live interviews with industry leaders, professional golfers from the world’s major tours, PGA of America members and a comprehensive overview of the latest products and trends for 2018 from some of the nearly 1,100 golf brands exhibiting on-site.

PGA Merchandise Show Week Programming Schedule: Jan. 23-26 (All Times Eastern)

Tuesday

Morning Drive

7-11 a.m. (Live)

 

Tuesday

Golf Central

5-6 p.m. (Live)

 

Tuesday

School of Golf

8-9 p.m.

 

Wednesday

Morning Drive

7-11:30 a.m. (Live)

 

Wednesday

Golf Central

5-6 p.m. (Live)

 

Thursday

Morning Drive

8:30-11:30 a.m. (Live)

 

Thursday

Golf Central

7-8 p.m. (Live)

 

Friday

Morning Drive

8:30-11:30 a.m. (Live)

 

Friday

Golf Central

7-8 p.m. (Live)

 

 

BROADCAST TEAM

Golf Channel’s expansive coverage of the PGA Merchandise Show will utilize several on-air personalities from the network’s news division, beginning with Charlie Rymer and Lauren Thompson offering coverage of the PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day on Tuesday. In addition to Rymer and Thompson, Wednesday-Friday coverage from the PGA Show Floor will include Matt Adams, Cara Banks, Lisa Cornwell, Matt Ginella, Damon Hack, Bailey Mosier and Gary Williams.

DIGITAL & STREAMING COVERAGE

Golf Channel’s PGA Merchandise Show on-air coverage will be available to stream via Golf Channel Digital Tuesday-Friday. Comprehensive online editorial coverage also will be available throughout the week, with contributions from writers Jay Coffin and Will Gray. Golf Channel’s social media platforms will keep viewers engaged in the conversation about what’s generating buzz at the #PGASHOW throughout the week via the network’s social media channels – @GolfChannel and @GCMorningDrive on Twitter, @GolfChannel and @GCMorningDrive on Instagram and GolfChannel and GCMorningDrive on Facebook. Golf Channel social media host Alexandra O’Laughlin will host Golf Channel’s digital and social media coverage throughout the week.

PGA SHOW DEMO DAY COVERAGE

Golf Channel’s coverage of “Demo Day” will begin Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7 a.m. ET with Morning Drive airing live and on-site to highlight the latest in golf equipment from the expansive driving range at Orange County National. Rymer and Thompson will host Morning Drive on-site, featuring interviews and product demonstrations.

PGA MERCHANDISE SHOW FLOOR COVERAGE

Coverage of the PGA Show will transition indoors to the Orange County Convention Center, Wednesday-Friday, Jan. 24-26 to give viewers an all-access tour of the PGA Show. Morning Drive and Golf Central will provide on-site reports throughout the week, with featured interviews and segments originating from the PGA Show Floor. Coverage from the Convention Center will originate from a large, multi-purpose space elevated above the PGA Show Floor, with three set configurations for interviews, along with a putting green and a golf simulator for product demonstrations. Golf Channel also will feature a “Fly Cam,” a unique camera technology made popular in televising football and other sports. Suspended above the PGA Show Floor, the Fly Cam will span more than 700 feet, giving viewers an aerial viewpoint of the vast floor and the exhibitors. New for 2018 will be a “Jib Cart,” a mobile cart with a camera jib affixed allowing high shots of the booths throughout the Show Floor.

SCHOOL OF GOLF KICKS OFF EIGHTH SEASON WITH ONE-HOUR SPECIAL FROM DEMO DAY

School of Golf, Golf Channel’s signature instruction program that airs on Tuesday nights, will kick off its eighth season with a one-hour special at Demo Day on Tuesday, Jan. 23, airing in primetime from 8-9 p.m. ET. Originating from the Cleveland Golf/Srixon/XXIO booth on the Orange County National driving range and hosted by Martin Hall and Blair O’Neal, the show will include special guests and interactions with a live audience.

GOLF CHANNEL’S PORTFOLIO OF LIFESTYLE BRANDS ON-SITE AT PGA SHOW

In addition to Golf Channel’s on-air and digital coverage, the network’s lifestyle brands – GolfNow, World Long Drive, Golf Channel Academy and Revolution Golf will showcase their services at the PGA Show with special clinics, product demonstrations and on-site activations.

GOLFNOW EXHIBITING AT BOOTH #2173

GolfNow, the industry’s leader in golf-related technology and services, will be exhibiting Wednesday-Friday from Booth #2173. In addition to showcasing advanced technologies that have created the largest tee-time marketplace in golf, GolfNow also will be educating course owners and operators about innovations and services designed to help them run their businesses more efficiently and successfully. GolfNow Business experts will be on hand at GolfNow’s 2,400-square-foot booth, offering its course partners technology demonstrations, as well as consultation on any of the GolfNow Services: Plus, a top-line focused consultative performance system for golf courses, including marketing, sales and automated pricing; Answers, a call center for golf courses, answering customer calls day and night; and Ride, a no-cost purchasing program that saves course operators from 6-35 percent on items they buy day-to-day, such as food, office supplies and agricultural products.

WORLD LONG DRIVE BRACKET CHALLENGE

Thursday at 2 p.m. ET, World Long Drive competitors will be at the PGA Show to compete in a World Long Drive Bracket Challenge. Hosted by Golf Channel’s social media host Alexandra O’Laughlin and airing live via Golf Channel’s Facebook Live, the competition will take place at Golf Channel’s simulator on the Show Floor featuring eight men and four women, including World No. 2 Ryan Reisbeck, No. 3 Maurice Allen, No. 5 Trent Scruggs and 2017 Volvik World Long Drive Women’s Champion Sandra Carlborg.

GOLF CHANNEL ACADEMY INSTRUCTION

Wednesday-Friday, Golf Channel Academy coaches will provide on-site instruction clinics at Golf Channel’s simulator set on the Show Floor. Wednesday’s clinics will feature driving, full swing, wedge play and putting clinics. Thursday’s clinic will include the full swing and Friday’s clinic will feature the short game, all streamed live via Golf Channel Academy’s Facebook page.

REVOLUTION GOLF TO SHOOT DIGITAL INSTRUCTION SEGMENTS ON-SITE AT PGA SHOW

Revolution Golf, the industry’s largest direct-to-consumer digital platform delivering high-quality video-based instruction, travel content and integrated e-commerce will have a significant presence at the PGA Show. Golf Channel’s newest digital acquisition, Revolution Golf will be shooting digital segments at Demo Day and throughout the PGA Show Floor, including segments with its team of instructors.