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Archives: July 2010

July
24th

Three U.S. Amateur qualifiers settled; who’s coming here?

2010 U.S. Amateur qualifying has started taking place, and will continue through the first week of August.

Here is how three qualifying tournaments shaped up:

July 22 at Harbor Springs, Mich. – Boyne Resorts (Heather Course)

PETER JENSEN – BOYNE CITY, MICH., 139
ERIC LILLEBOE – OKEMOS, MICH., 139
JOSEPH JUSZCZYK – DEARBORN HTS, MICH., 141

A – WILLIE MACK III – FLINT, MICH., 142
A – JOEY GARBER – PETOSKEY, MICH., 143

July 21-22 at Durham, N.C. – Old Chatham Golf Club

SCOTT HARVEY – GREENSBORO, N.C., 138
ADAM STEPHENSON

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July
23rd

Big opportunity lays at feet of Putnam at Nationwide event

Don’t stare too hard at the top of the Nationwide Tour leaderboard as Friday comes to a close.

Yes, it’s Lakewood’s Michael Putnam in the lead by himself.

And he knows the value of staying there at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational in Columbus, Ohio.

“If I win,” he said, “I join the PGA Tour.”

Putnam’s 2-under-par 69 on the Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University leaves the Life Christian Academy graduate and former Pepperdine All-American at 6-under 136, holding a one-stroke advantage over four other golfers.

Gig Harbor’s Kyle Stanley is two strokes off the pace at 138.

“I’m

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July
22nd

Here’s the short list of 2010 U.S. Am exempt players

Much of the 312-golfer field for the U.S. Amateur comes through its qualifying next week. Here are players already exempt to play in August at Chambers Bay:

* Byeong-Hun An
* Brad Benjamin
* Bennett Blakeman
* Joseph Bramlett
* Bud Cauley
Nigel Edwards
Tommy Fleetwood
Brendan Gielow
Marvin Giles III
Luke Goddard
John Grace
Matt Haines
* Russell Henley
* Stiggy Hodgson
* Morgan Hoffman
* Charlie Holland
* Jin Jeong
* Drew Kittleson
Trip Kuehne
* Scott Langley

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July
17th

An amateur who likes (and flourishes in) links golf. Hmm . . .

Here is a story this morning about one amateur champion in contention at the British Open:

British Amateur champion Jin Jeong has his sights set on winning the 139th Open at St. Andrews in Scotland after moving to within six of the lead.

The Melbourne-based South Korean returned to play the 18th early this morning after play was suspended as darkness fell just before 10pm Friday night.

He birdied the last for a round of 70 – remarkable considering the way scores suffered in the high winds yesterday – to be six behind second-round leader Louis Oosthuizen.

“I had only four and a half hours’ sleep but I birdied the last so that made me happy,” the first Asian winner of the British Amateur told Press Association Sport.

“I was up at 4.30am and then hit a few balls before teeing off.

“I’m just going to have a sleep and a good rest (before his afternoon third-round tee-time) so it shouldn’t be a problem.”

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July
16th

Bordeaux upended late in PNGA Men’s Amateur semifinals

The bad news: Fircrest’s T.J. Bordeaux, a Bellarmine Prep product now at the University of Pacific, lost as his bid as the last American standing at the 109th PNGA Men’s Amateur at Royal Colwood Golf Club in Victoria, B.C.

The good news? He appears to have found his old groove.

Bordeaux reached the semifinals Friday, but dropped a 1-up decision to Canadian Cory Renfrew, who is from Victoria.

After Bordeaux rallied from a 2-down deficit to tie it with an eagle on the par-5 14th, Renfrew posted his own fireworks on the next hole.

The University of British Columbia graduate rolled in a sidewinding 30-foot birdie putt to retake the lead – and kept it for good.

“He just buried it,” Bordeaux said. “The putt he made was ridiculous.”

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July
16th

Ryan Moore at The British Open, 2nd Rd.

This week: The British Open, Thursday through Sunday, The Old Course at St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland.

Second-round score: 12-over-par 84.

Position: Moore (10-over 154) missed the cut by nine strokes, and finished tied for 141st, 22 strokes behind leader Louis Oosthuizen, of South Africa (132).

Recap: In a word – humbling. That is what happens when the wind kicks up around 40 mph on this Scottish layout: It goes from cool lady to mad lioness. As the Puyallup golfer turned onto the back nine, his approach shot from 175 yards traveled 125 before it hit a wall of wind, then

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July
16th

Bordeaux advances to PNGA Men’s Am semifinals this afternoon

Fircrest’s T.J. Bordeaux has taken it one step further than last year at the PNGA Men’s Amateur at Royal Colwood Golf Club in Victoria, B.C.

Bordeaux, a senior-to-be at Pacific, survived a comeback from Longview’s Ian Dahl by winning the 18th hole with a par, and posting a 1-up victory in the quarterfinals Friday morning.

The Bellarmine Prep product had a 2-up advantage with four holes to go before Dahl won back-to-back holes at the 15th and 16th.

Bordeaux was a 2009 quarterfinals at this event at The Home Course.

July
15th

Pair of UW standouts still alive at U.S. Amateur Publinx

Here is a story the USGA filed about the two University of Washington golfer who advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur Public Links in North Carolina:

Chris Williams and Wesley Graham each went the distance in their second and third-round matches Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the 2010 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at the 7,218-yard, par-71 Champions Course at Bryan Park Golf & Conference Center.

Williams, 19, of Moscow, Idaho, needed 20 holes to defeat 2010 NCAA Division I individual champion Scott Langley, 21, of St. Louis, Mo., in the second round and another 18 to

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