It’s been a pretty good July for a few college coaches on the playing side of the game.
On July 1, Illinois coach Mike Small captured the PGA of America’s Professional National Championship in Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M. His one-shot victory not only earned him $75,000, but a spot in next month’s PGA Championship at Hazeltine Golf Club in Minnesota.
After advancing to the Round of 32 at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in Norman, Okla., Augusta State coach Josh Gregory qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship next month at Southern Hills Golf Club in Tulsa, Okla. Gregory tied for second in a qualifier at Capital City Club in Woodstock, Ga., with a 6-under-par 134 that featured an opening-round 64.
Also this week, San Diego coach Tim Mickelson, younger brother of PGA Tour star Phil Mickelson, showed he still has some game as he grabbed a share of the lead in the opening round of the prestigious Porter Cup at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, N.Y.
Mickelson made seven birdies, including five in his back-nine 30 for a 6-under 64. A quarterfinalist at the 2007 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship and runner-up in the stroke play qualifying portion of last year’s U.S. Mid-Am, Mickelson guided the Toreros to a tie for 13th at the NCAA Championship in May, the school’s best finish ever.
Obviously these are among the coaches who can tell their players, do as I do – oh, yeah, and as I say!