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Archives: Aug. 2012

Aug.
22nd

Ryan Moore, Kyle Stanley, Troy Kelly at Barclays, preview

This week: The Barclays, Thursday through Sunday, Bethpage State Park (Black Course), Farmingdale, N.Y.

World rankings: Stanley is 56th, Moore is 81st and Kelly is 178th.

2012 earnings: Stanley has $2.28 million (25th on the PGA Tour), Moore has $1.11 million (66th on the PGA Tour) and Kelly has $759,112 (102nd on the PGA Tour).

FedEx Cup playoff standings: Stanley has 1,117 points (22nd in FedEx Cup), Moore has 635 points (64th in FedEx Cup) and Kelly has 394 points (118th in FedEx Cup)

Last tournament: Every year since Moore has been eligible, he has advanced to at least two

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Aug.
21st

Kearney still leads, but pack tightens up at Northwest Open

Brandon Kearney cooled off a bit Tuesday, but still managed a 1-under-par 71 to maintain a two-stroke lead at the midway point of the Northwest Open at Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla.

Kearney, an assistant professional at Bend Golf and Country Club in Oregon, is at 10-under 134. Rainier Golf and Country Club’s Darren Black (66) and Manitou Golf and Country Club’s Corey Prugh (67) are tied for second place at 136.

Puyallup’s Derek Barron also made a move, shooting a 68, and is tied for fourth with amateur Mark Strickland at 137.

Aug.
20th

Kearney shoots 63, opens up big lead at Northwest Open

Brandon Kearney, the assistant professional at Bend Golf and Country Club, tied the course record at Wine Valley Golf Club by firing a 9-under-par 63 to grab a five-stroke lead after the first round of the Northwest Open in Walla Walla.

Eight golfers, including Meridian Valley’s Greg Manley, shared second place at 68.

Earlier in the summer, Bainbridge Island’s Carl Jonson shot 63 to set the course mark at the PNGA Men’s Amateur.

Aug.
20th

Stanley, Moore and Kelly all advance on to FedEx Cup playoffs

In the rain-delayed finish of the Wyndham Championship, Puyallup’s Ryan Moore finished tied for 37th ($21,230 payout), and Tacoma’s Troy Kelly placed 63rd ($11,128) – all behind winner Sergio Garcia, of Spain.

Heading into the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs this week at The Barclays at Bethpage Black in New York, Gig Harbor’s Kyle Stanley is 22nd in points, Moore is 64th and Kelly is 118th.

Aug.
20th

All-male club no more, Augusta National accepts two female members

Here is the Associated Press story about Augusta National offering two females memberships to the club:

For the first time in its 80-year history, Augusta National Golf Club has female members.

The home of the Masters, under increasing criticism the last decade because of its all-male membership, invited former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore to become the first women in green jackets when the club opens for a new season in October.
Both women accepted.

“This is a joyous occasion,” Augusta National chairman Billy Payne said Monday.

The move likely ends a debate that intensified in 2002 when Martha Burk of the National Council of Women’s Organizations urged the club to include women among its members. Former club chairman Hootie Johnson stood his ground, even at the cost of losing Masters television sponsors for two years, when he famously said Augusta National might one day have a woman in a green jacket, “but not at the point of a bayonet.”

The comment took on a life of its own, becoming either a slogan of the club’s resolve not to give in to public pressure or a sign of its sexism, depending on which side of the debate was interpreting it.

Payne, who took over as chairman in 2006 when Johnson retired, said consideration for new members is deliberate and private, and that Rice and Moore were not treated differently from other new members. Even so, he took the rare step of announcing two of the latest members to join because of the historical significance.

“These accomplished women share our passion for the game of golf and both are well known and respected by our membership,” Payne said in a statement. “It will be a proud moment when we present Condoleezza and Darla their green jackets when the club opens this fall. This is a significant and positive time in our club’s history and, on behalf of our membership, I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome them and all of our new members into the Augusta National family.”

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Aug.
19th

Ryan Moore, Troy Kelly at Wyndham, 4th Rd.

This week: Wyndham Championship, Thursday through Sunday, Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, N.C.

Moore’s fourth-round score: 3-under-par 67.

Kelly’s fourth-round score: 1-over 71.

Position: Moore (6-under 274) is tied for 38th, and Kelly (1-under 279) sits 63rd. Play was suspended with Sergio Garcia (15-under) in the lead, and will resume Monday at 6 a.m. PDT.

Recap: Moore got plenty of air time on national television Sunday – of his 2009 victory at this tournament. Before the rain came, the Cascade Christian graduate got his round in. And he had two holes to remember coming home – wading into the water hazard

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Aug.
18th

Ryan Moore, Troy Kelly at Wyndham, 3rd Rd.

This week: Wyndham Championship, Thursday through Sunday, Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, N.C.

Moore’s third-round score: 2-under-par 68.

Kelly’s third-round score: 1-under 69.

Position: Moore (3-under 207) is tied for 53rd, and Kelly (2-under 208) is tied for 61st – all trailing leader Sergio Garcia (14-under 196).

Recap: Sort of an odd round for Moore, who was not sharp with his iron approaches – and missed two birdie putts inside 8 feet. But he was very good and getting up and down around the green, including making putts of 10 feet on No. 6, 6 feet on No. 10 and 11

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Aug.
16th

Ryan Moore, Troy Kelly at Wyndham, 1st Rd.

This week: Wyndham Championship, Thursday through Sunday, Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, N.C.

Moore’s and Kelly’s first-round score: 1-over-par 71.

Position: Moore and Kelly are tied for 100th, nine strokes behind leader Carl Pettersson (62).

Recap: Seventy-nine golfers broke par Thursday, but the two Pierce County products struggled to score. It is especially head-scratching in Moore’s case, considering he blitzed this layout en rout to his only PGA Tour win in 2009. After two early birdies and bogeys, he hit his tee shot on the par-3 seventh in front of the green, and missed an 8-foot putt for par. After that,

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