Thirty-one-year-old Brian Kontak, who won the Order of Merit title on the Canadian Tour in 1998 and has conditional status on the Nationwide Tour this year, confirmed to The Golf Channel Tuesday night moments before Golf Central that he will attempt to qualify for this year's U.S. Womens Open set for July 3 - 6 at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Ore.
Kontak, reached by phone in Phoenix, Ariz., told me, 'I'm exploring the possibility. That's all I can say. But I'm dead serious about it.'
As to United States Golf Association qualification standards that require any entrant to be a female professional or female amateur with a USGA handicap index not exceeding 4.4, Kontak added, 'We're going to try and work our way around it.'
Kontak, who reached the final stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament last fall, shot 58 in an Arizona mini-tour event little more than a year ago. In that round he made 12 birdies in a row.
At the time of Kontak's remarks, the USGA office was closed. Chris Anderson, a rookie on the PGA Tour and friend of Kontak's, told me Tuesday that Kontak isn't bluffing.
'I think he wants the publicity,' Anderson quipped. 'He's doing what a lot of guys talk about, but don't have the (guts) to do. He could look like a complete (fool), but what if he wins by 30?'
Kontak has five Canadian Tour victories to his credit and has played in events on the PGA Tour, the Nationwide Tour and the NGA Hooters Tour. He spent much of 2002 on the Gateway Tour.