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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Stricker shares first-round lead in South Dakota

By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2018, 12:48 am

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Steve Stricker shot a 7-under 63 on Friday to share the first-round lead at the Sanford International.

The 51-year-old Stricker was 8 under through 17 holes at chilly, rain-softened Minnehaha Country Club but closed with a bogey to fall into a tie with Jerry Smith, Brandt Jobe and David McKenzie.

Stricker only got to play seven holes in the pro-am because of rain that prevented the field from getting in much practice.

''You've just kind of got to trust your yardage book and hit to the spots and then try to make a good game plan on the way into the green, too, not really knowing where to hit it or where to miss it up there on the green. Sometimes it's good, too,'' Stricker said. ''You go around and you're focused a lot more on hitting it to a specific spot and not knowing what lies ahead in the course. So I guess today was the ultimate 'Take one hole at a time' because we didn't really know anything else, what was coming.''


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Stricker has two wins and has not finished worse than fifth in six starts this season on the over-50 tour as he continues to play a part-time schedule on the PGA Tour. Next week, he will be one of U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk's assistants at the matches outside Paris.

McKenzie, a 51-year-old Australian, had two eagles on the back nine, holing a wedge from 116 yards on the par-5 16th.

''We got told ... to play faster on No. 16, and so my caddie just said, 'Hit it in the hole so you don't have to putt it,' so I just did what he told me,'' McKenzie said.

Smith had eagles on Nos. 4 and 12.

''Honestly, I was just trying to hit some good shots and I really wasn't with the irons,'' Smith said. ''I just really didn't like the way I hit them today. You know, just the putter was the big difference for me. I just felt good with it all day, especially say outside of 10, 15 feet, where I felt like I was a lot.''

Scott McCarron, Lee Janzen and Paul Goydos were one shot back. McCarron came in second in the Charles Schwab Cup money standings behind Miguel Angel Jimenez, who is not playing this week.

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Glover (64) leads Web.com Tour Championship

By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2018, 12:12 am

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – Former U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover shot his second consecutive 7-under 64 on Friday to take a one-shot lead at the Web.com Tour Championship.

The 38-year-old Glover, who won the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black, can still regain his PGA Tour card through a medical extension if he fails to earn enough money in the four-tournament Web.com Tour Finals. But a high finish this weekend at Atlantic Beach Country Club would take care of everything.

''I've got a lot to fall back on regardless of this week, but any time I tee it up, I want to play well,'' Glover said. ''Tomorrow won't be any different. Sunday won't be any different.''

Glover had arthroscopic knee surgery in June and will have eight starts to earn 53 FedEx Cup points and keep his card. He earned $17,212 in the first three Web.com Tour Finals events. The top 25 money winners in the series earn PGA Tour cards, and the final card went for $40,625 last year.

Glover was at 14-under 128. Denny McCarthy, who has already earned enough money to secure a return to the PGA Tour, was one shot back. McCarthy, a former Virginia player, has a shot at winning the Finals money list, which would guarantee him fully exempt status and entry into The Players Championship.


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''There's no secret about it. I'll come out and tell you I'm here to win this tournament and get that No. 1 spot,'' McCarthy said. ''I've been hungry for a while. I have a pretty hungry attitude and I'm going to stay hungry.''

Tour veteran Cameron Tringale, who has earned just $2,660 after missing two of the first three cuts, was 12 under after a 67. Last year, Tringale entered the Web.com Tour Championship at 63rd on the Finals money list and finished tied for fifth to get back onto the PGA Tour. He struggled again this season, though, missing 19 cuts in 26 starts.

''Yeah, I was hoping last year was my last time here, but I do have a comfort at this golf course and I'm excited to keep pressing,'' Tringale said.

The four-tournament series features the top 75 players from the Web.com regular-season money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings, and non-members with enough money to have placed in the top 200. The top 25 finishers on the Web.com regular-season money list are competing against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals.

Sepp Straka and Ben Silverman were three shots back. Each would likely need a top-5 finish to earn his card.

Peter Malnati, who regained his card with a second-place finish in the opening finals event, followed his opening-round 74 with a 9-under 62, shooting an 8-under 27 on his second nine.

Four-time PGA Tour winner Aaron Baddeley was among those who missed the cut. He was 22nd on the finals money list going in and likely will fall short of earning his card.

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Thomas (69) only three back with 'C' or 'D' game

By Rex HoggardSeptember 21, 2018, 11:56 pm

ATLANTA – Justin Thomas was tied for fourth place following his second-round 69 on Friday at the Tour Championship, which considering the state of his game on Day 2 was an accomplishment.

“I wish I had my 'B' game today. I would say I had my 'C' or 'D' game today,” he laughed.

Thomas’ struggles were primarily with his driver and he hit just 6 of 14 fairways at East Lake, but he was able to scramble late in his round with birdies at Nos. 15 and 18 to remain three off the lead.


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“I drove it so poorly today, this is probably in my top 5 rounds of the year I'm most proud of just because I easily could have shot 4- or 5-over par today and not had a chance to win the tournament,” he said. “I hung in there and birdied two of the last four, and I have a chance.”

Thomas was slowed the last two weeks by a right wrist injury that limited his preparation for the finale and said the issue with his driver is timing and the byproduct of a lack of practice.

Thomas made up for his erratic driving with his short game, getting up and down four out of seven times including on the fourth hole when he missed the fairway well left, punched out short of the green and chipped in from 81 feet.

“[Rory McIlroy] just kind of said it looked like a ‘3’ the whole day and I kind of laughed because I played with him at The Players and I chipped in three times that first round with him, so I guess he's good luck for me,” Thomas said.

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McIlroy two behind Woods, Rose after 68

By Rex HoggardSeptember 21, 2018, 11:46 pm

ATLANTA – Maybe it should be no huge surprise that Rory McIlroy finds himself back in contention at the Tour Championship. It is, after all, a Ryder Cup year.

In 2016, McIlroy won the finale before heading to Hazeltine and posting a 3-2-0 record. In ’14, he finished runner-up to Billy Horschel and went 2-1-2 at the Ryder Cup; and in ’12 he finished tied for 10th place at East Lake and went 3-2-0 at Medinah.

“I was on such a high a couple of years ago going into Hazeltine after winning the whole thing, and I felt great about my game that week and played well. I won three matches,” McIlroy said. “I guess it doesn't matter whether it's a match play event or whatever. If you're playing well and you've played well the week before, I think most people can carry it into the next week, whatever that is.”


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McIlroy’s performance this week certainly qualifies as “playing well.” He charged out on Friday with birdies at two of his first three holes and bounced back from a pair of late bogeys to shoot a 68 and was in third place and two strokes off the lead held by Tiger Woods and Justin Rose.

“I've made 12 birdies in 36 holes, which is really good around here, and that's with not birdieing either of the par 5s today,” he said. “So yeah, just tidy up the mistakes a little bit.”