U.S. Am qualifying highlights
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Some more highlights from U.S. Amateur qualifying:
• A couple Walker Cup candidates had to survive playoffs to get to Southern Hills:
Mike Van Sickle shot 146 Aug. 3 at Coldstream Country Club in Cincinnati, then beat Peter O’Neill in a playoff, to earn a spot at Southern Hills. Van Sickle was in Ohio after missing the cut by a shot at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitaitonal in Columbus.
Mark Anderson shot 138 (70-68) on Aug. 3-4 to get in a four-for-two playoff at Amelia River Golf Club in Amelia Island, Fla. He prevailed over Chris Johnson, who shot a second-round 63, and J.C. Horne. Brad Sill of Spartanburg, S.C., also advanced.
Another Walker Cup candidate, Nathan Smith, shot 134 July 30 to beat incoming Duke freshman Brinson Paolini by two shots at Sinking Valley Country Club in Altoona, Pa. Both players earned a trip to Southern Hills.
Wesley Bryan shot 140 Aug. 3-4 to advance at The Standard Club in Duluth, Ga.
• Payne Stewart’s son, Aaron, qualified for the U.S. Amateur Tuesday, shooting 66-75 Aug. 3-4 at Shingle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, Fla.
• Incoming Oklahoma State freshman Kevin Dougherty shot 134 (66-68) Aug. 3 to win his qualifier at Pauma Valley (Calif.) Country Club by five strokes. Dougherty won the Southern California and California high-school titles earlier this year.
• Carlos Velez of Miami shot a tournament-low 67 Aug. 4 in the second round of a qualifier at The Club at Emerald Hills in Hollywood, Fla., then beat Curtis Thompson in a playoff to earn the third and final spot. Thompson is siblings with PGA Tour player Nicholas Thompson and Alexis Thompson. Gary Nicklaus shot 146 to miss by three shots.