2005: Hietala scores hometown breakthrough
Ryan Hietala used a little home-course advantage to capture his first victory on the Nationwide Tour.
Hietala, of Lafayette, La., plays out of the Le Triomphe Country Club and made it pay off with a one-stroke victory over Sean O’Hair March 27 at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open.
Hietala shot a final-round 68 to finish at 18 under and earn $90,000.
“It’s very special to do it here,” Hietala said. “Not only to do it in front of family and friends, but in front of my sponsors as well makes it even more special.”
O’Hair, who had a hole-in-one on the 173-yard sixth hole with a 7-iron in Saturday’s third round, finished with 65 to earn $54,000.
Short shots: Unable to land spots in The Players Championship, a handful of PGA Tour members played the Louisiana Open. In addition to Sean O’Hair’s second-place finish, Brett Wetterich tied for ninth and Hunter Haas and Jeff Brehaut tied for 24th. . . . Vance Veazey’s tie for third was his third top 10 in four events this season. Veazey is No. 2 in earnings ($142,160), approximately $60,000 behind Steven Bowditch. . . . Steven Alker’s consecutive cut streak ended last week when the New Zealander struggled to a 2-over 146 total. Alker went 16 events without missing a cut, a streak that began at last year’s Northeast Pennsylvania Classic. . . . Brad Ott was disqualified for not turning in his scorecard following the second round. According to pgatour.com, Ott was 12 over through 36 holes. . . . Mike Standly began the tournament with 53 consecutive bogey-free holes before posting his first bogey on the final hole Saturday. . . . Daniel Fox had a hole-in-one on No. 11 Thursday.
– Staff and wire reports