2002: Oberholser solidifies ’03 Tour card
Sometimes you win pretty. Sometimes you win ugly.
For Arron Oberholser, his victory at the Buy.com Tour’s Utah Classic Sept. 8 might be classified in the latter category.
Oberholser completed the weather-plagued and rain-shortened event at Willow Creek Country Club at 14-under-par 202, two strokes better than Doug Barron and Brian Claar.
“This one was tough,” said Oberholser, sidelined most of last season by a hand injury. “I didn’t feel in control of my swing at all. There were times when I didn’t even know where my clubhead was in the back swing. I felt like I was blindly ripping at it.
“I know that’s going to sound funny, but it’s the truth. It was nerve-racking, but I got it done in a lot of different ways.”
Oberholser, 27, is making the most of a special medical extension this year on the Buy.com Tour. The victory was Oberholser’s second of the year – he won the Samsung Canadian PGA Championship in June. The $76,500 for winning at Utah and his tie for 2nd at Oregon Sept. 15 moved him to No. 1 on the money list ($287,727), all but assuring a PGA Tour card for 2003. The top 15 money winners earn playing privileges next year on the PGA Tour. Oberholser, Patrick Moore and Cliff Kresge are the only two-time winners this season.
While the weather caused several stops and starts, Oberholser actually had an easier week than most. He played 18 holes Thursday, none on Friday, 18 holes Saturday and 18 holes Sunday.
“There isn’t anything you can do about it,” Oberholser said. “It’s part of golf. You find something to do. You concentrate on getting ready and you keep plugging.”
Now Oberholser can concentrate on plugging away on the PGA Tour.
– Staff and wire reports