Many times when a college golf coach retires, he or she creates some distance from the program. Not so with Earl Yestingsmeier. He had been as faithful to Ball State in retirement as he had been in 36 years as coach.
Senior writer Ron Balicki reflects on his time with former Ball State head coach Earl Yestingsmeier, who died Jan. 9 at his home in Muncie, Ind. Balicki says Yestingsmeier was and always has been Ball State golf.
For amateur and college golf senior writer Ron Balicki, 2013 was a year of a glass half full and a glass half empty – as his season and his life changed dramatically during a pivotal week.
Mike McCoy has been a dominating presence in his home state of Iowa for nearly a quarter century. Now he has added the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship to his resume.
Jordan Niebrugge won the rain-delayed Western Amateur, capping an incredible three-week run by the Oklahoma State sophomore who now hopes for a Walker Cup berth.
Two lengthy weather delays Sunday will bring about a Monday finish as Jordan Niebrugge and Sean Dale compete for the 111th Western Amateur title.
Sean Dale -- a Walker Cup hopeful and recent North Florida grad -- made his case for a spot on the U.S. squad with a 2-up victory over Patrick Rodgers on Saturday at the Western Amateur, sending the tournament's stroke-play medalist and two-time Walker Cup selection home a bit prematurely.
The Stanford junior closed with a 3-under 69 – his fourth consecutive round in the 60s – earning him medalist honors with a Western Am qualifying-record 18-under 270.
Three players shared the lead Wednesday at the halfway point of Western Amateur stroke play. Seth Reeves, who was tied with two others after an opening 65 at Alotian Club, along with Patrick Rodgers and Jordan Niebrugge sat atop the leaderboard at 9-under 135.
Seth Reeves, Sam Smith and Cameron Wilson all fired 7-under 65s – one off the course record at The Alotian Club – to take the lead at the Western Amateur on Tuesday.