Jack Nicklaus II enters Champions Q-School
Jack Nicklaus II, son of the golf legend and president of Nicklaus Golf Course Design, is among the players who have entered the 2011 Champions Tour Qualifying Tournament this fall.
Nicklaus II, who turned 50 on Sept. 23, will compete Oct. 26-29 at Primm (Nev.) Valley Golf Club in one of three regional qualifiers of about 78 players. An undisclosed number of players from each site will advance to the 78-man final qualifying Nov. 15-18 at TPC Scottsdale Champions Course.
The low five scores at final qualifying will receive full cards on the 2012 Champions Tour, and Nos. 6-12 will be conditionally exempt.
Nicklaus II won the 1985 North and South Amateur at Pinehurst the year after his University of North Carolina teammate Davis Love III did the same. Nicklaus played tournaments on various professional tours (including PGA Tour, Canadian, Australian, European and Ben Hogan) before deciding on a career in course design in the late ’80s.
Other regional sites next week are Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek in Montgomery, Texas, and Walt Disney World Resort Palm Course in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Among those joining Nicklaus in the Nevada field is John Miosi, of Clarence, N.Y., a former baseball and racquetball player in his third professional sport.
Other regional entrants include Kevin Culligan of Burke, Va., whose grandfather’s brother founded the Culligan Water Co.; Michael Son of Canada, a three-time North American tae kwon do champion; Ben Bates of Pensacola, record-holder of most Nationwide Tour starts and cuts made; and Ken Barnard, relative of Dr. Christiaan Barnard, who performed the first human heart transplant operation.
Former PGA Tour players Chris Perry, Stan Utley and Joel Edwards are among those exempted into final qualifying.