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Archives: Sep. 2011

Sep.
30th

Ryan Moore, Kyle Stanley, Andres Gonzales at JT Shriners, 2nd Rd.

This week: Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, Thursday through Sunday, TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas.

Stanley’s second-round score: 7-under-par 64.

Gonzales’ second-round score: 3-under 68.

Moore’s second-round score: Even-par 71.

Position: Stanley (9-under 133) is tied for 13th. Gonzales (2-under 140) and Moore (1-over 143) missed the cut. Kevin Na, Jhonattan Vegas and Charlie Wi share the lead at 12-under 130.

Recap: A stellar round by Stanley (six birdies, eagle) was capped by his chip-in eagle at the ninth hole – his final hole – from behind the green. The 64 is the Bellarmine Prep product’s career-low on the

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Sep.
29th

Ryan Moore, Kyle Stanley, Andres Gonzales at JT Shriners, 1st Rd.

This week: Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, Thursday through Sunday, TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas.

Stanley’s first-round score: 2-under-par 69.

Moore’s and Gonzales’ first-round score: 1-over 72.

Position: Stanley is tied for 63rd, and Moore and Gonzales are tied for 114th – all behind co-leaders William McGirt and Jhonattan Vegas (63).

Recap: Not at all what the locals were hoping for since the conditions made for low scoring Thursday. Stanley began with 14 consecutive pars before cashing in with birdies at No. 15 (got up-and-down from greenside bunker on drivable par 4) and No. 16 (two-putt from 40 feet

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Sep.
28th

Ryan Moore, Kyle Stanley, Andres Gonzales at JT Shriners, preview

This week: Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, Thursday through Sunday, TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas.

World rankings: Moore is 48th, Stanley 149th and Gonzales 568th.

2011 earnings: Moore has $1.94 million (37th on the PGA Tour), Stanley has $1.42 million (57th on the PGA Tour) and Gonzales has $95,517 (215th on the PGA Tour).

Last tournament: Coming off disappointing FedEx Cup playoff finishes – both Moore and Stanley were eliminated after the BMW Championship (Moore finished tied for 16th at 1-under 283, and Stanley was tied for 22nd at even-par 284) – the two Pierce County products have been

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Sep.
26th

Gonzales runner-up at Nationwide Tour’s Soboba Classic

From PGA Tour.com over the weekend:

Lefty Ted Potter Jr. tapped in for birdie on the second playoff hole to win the Soboba Golf Classic Sunday. Potter defeated PGA Tour rookie Andres Gonzales, of Olympia, and Miguel Carballo to become the third two-time winner on the Nationwide Tour this year. The victory was worth $135,000 and moved the 27-year old to No. 3 on the money list with only five events left on the schedule.

Potter, winner of the South Georgia Classic in May, and increased his season total to $362,452 and assured himself of a trip to the Tour in 2012. The 25 leading money winners at the end of the season will earn Tour cards for next year.

The trio tied at 14-under 270 at the end of regulation and were forced into the first playoff in the tournament’s three-year history.

Gonzales birdied his final two holes in regulation for a 7-under 64 and posted the first 14-under score at The Country Club of Soboba Springs.

Carballo followed suit in the next group, closing with consecutive birdies for a 6-under 65 and a share of the clubhouse lead.

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Sep.
22nd

Chambers Bay ready for another USGA-mandated facelift

After a lengthy tour Tuesday morning with general manager Matt Allen, I wanted to get at least an overview of the changes that will occur at Chambers Bay over the next few months (and a story will publish next week sometimes):

The tweaks were all highly recommended by United States Golf Association officials on site visits since the 2010 U.S. Amateur in August:

All work will be done in distinct phases:

PHASE I, Oct. 20
First hole - Entire green will have new sod, and the area short right of the putting surface will be softened. The hole will be closed starting Oct. 20 for roughly six weeks. Golfers will play the 10th hole twice.

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Sep.
21st

Barron has sights squarely on biggest prize – PGA Tour

For golfers, it is the dream of all dreams – carving out a path to the PGA Tour.

And Puyallup’s Derek Barron is taking the unlikeliest journey to try and get there.

First checkpoint – complete. The Emerald Ridge High graduate, who turn professional this month despite still holding down another full-time job, advanced through a pre-PGA Tour Qualifying School tournament in California.

Barron finished 10th at 4-under-par 212 on the Norman Course at PGA West, and will enter the first of three stages Oct. 24-27 at San Juan Oaks near San Jose.

“The pre-(Q-School) qualifying is for people who have never done it before,” Barron said. “Most of the people in it were from that area. There were only one or two guys out of California playing in it.”

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Sep.
19th

Second Putnam officially joins the professional ranks

Andrew Putnam’s understated entrance into professional golf certainly did not align with his star-studded collegiate career at Pepperdine University.

But that is the way the landscape shapes up these days, even for accomplished three-time All-Americans such as Putnam, the younger brother of PGA Tour golfer Michael Putnam.

After missing out on a chance to make the U.S. Walker Cup squad this summer, Andrew Putnam had an original plan in turning professional. He was going to show up at a Nationwide Tour qualifier Monday for the Soboba Golf Classic, fill out an application and check the box that indicated “professional.”

“No turning back after that,” he said.

But at the last minute, Putnam was invited to play in a Evans Cup scholarship pro-am last week in Portland – a tournament he won.

His first professional paycheck?

“Three-hundred and fifty dollars,” Putnam said.

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Sep.
15th

Moore, Stanley at BMW Championship first round

This week: BMW Championship, today through Sunday, Cog Hill Golf and Country Club, Lemont, Ill. – the third leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Kyle Stanley’s first-round score: 1-over-par 72.

Ryan Moore’s first-round score: 3-over 74.

Position: Stanley is tied for 37th, and Moore is tied for 50th – all trailing leader Justin Rose (63).

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