College golfers performing well in pro tournaments
This is a quiet time of year for college golfers, but there’s a couple performances worth noting. The first comes from UNLV’s Kevin Penner, who’s fresh off his victory at the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic. Penner’s win there put him on a champion’s list that included many players who went on to have professional success. Penner had some success of his own this week against the pros, albeit on a lower level. He won the Nevada Open on Dec. 11-13, shooting 63-63-65 for a five-shot victory over John Hahn and Dusty Fielding.
New Mexico’s Gavin Green is competing this week in his native Malaysia in the Asian Tour’s Iskandar Johor Open. His standing as Malaysia’s top amateur earned him a pairing with Sergio Garcia and Ernie Els. Green is holding his own. He was in ninth place when the second round was suspended due to darkness. He was 3 under after 12 holes in the second round after shooting a first-round 70. Green, one of college golf’s longest hitters, was one shot ahead of Els and four shots behind Garcia, who was tied for the lead with former Northwestern All-American David Lipsky.
Green is No. 36 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. He won this season’s William H. Tucker Invitational.