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Thursday, March 29, 2012

LPGA Tour: Kraft Nabisco Championship First Round




The LPGA Tour is in Rancho Mirage, Calif., for the Kraft Nabisco Championship this week. Two local players had a strong opening round, while another struggled out of the gate on Thursday.

Paula Creamer, an IMG Academies alum, and Manatee County resident Jodi Ewart each carded 3-under par 67s. They're three shots behind first round leader Amy Yang and are tied for fourth with a slew of other golfers.

Bradenton native Jessica Korda didn't fare as well. She posted a 4-over par 76, despite hitting 12 of 18 greens and 9 of 14 fairways. Her poor round was attributed to her putting, where she recorded 32 putts in the first round.

Ewart totaled the same amount of putts as Korda, but hit four more greens en route to her strong start.

Meanwhile, Creamer had one less putt than both Ewart and Korda, but hit the same amount of greens (16 of 18) as Ewart.

Play continues on Friday.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Symetra Tour: Natalia Perez earns Sara Bay Classic exemption




Natalia Perez
did more than secure her first-ever IMG Junior Golf Tour victory in the girls 15-18 year old division of the tour’s event March 17-18. Perez also earned an exemption into the sLPGA Symetra Tour’s Sara Bay Classic April 20-22 in southern Manatee County.

Perez fired a two-day total of 5-over par 149 for a nine-shot victory over three players, including Bradenton’s Yvonne Zheng, at The Golf Club at North Hampton in the Jacksonville area.

Zheng entered the event as the points leader for the Symetra Tour exemption, but Perez’ dominant tournament was enough to pip Zheng in the standings.

Monday, March 26, 2012

LPGA Tour: Jodi Ewart continues torrid form

Jodi Ewart practices at Palm-Aire Country Club ahead of the 2012 season. Photo by Grant Jefferies/gjefferies@bradenton.com


If notching her first career top-20 finish on the LPGA Tour last week wasn't enough, Manatee County resident Jodi Ewart topped that feat at this weekend's Kia Classic.

Ewart tied for seventh with a 4-under par 284 total for the 72-hole event.

She earned $45,337 and a berth into the season-ending CME Group Titleholders held in Naples in November.

The top three from each LPGA tournament, not already qualified, earn a place in the Titleholders - formerly an LPGA major championship.

At one point, Ewart was 8-under par for the tournament, but bogeyed four consecutive holes down the stretch to tie for seventh, her first career top 10 finish. It also means she's qualified for the Kraft Nabisco Championship this week, the first major of the 2012 LPGA season.

Her stellar play also vaulted her up the women's world rankings for a second straight week. Ewart cracked the top 300 after surging 142 places forward to No. 248 in the Rolex Rankings released on Monday.

Ewart is now No. 31 on the money list after the past two weeks, meaning she's in good shape to secure her LPGA Tour card for next year without having to return to Q-School.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Symetra Tour: Pairings released for first event


The LPGA's Symetra Tour released its pairings for the first event of the 2012 season in Winter Haven.

Three local players are in the field for the developmental tour event that is one step below the LPGA Tour.

Rachel Connor, Natalie Sheary and Ginger Howard are playing this week's Florida's Natural Charity Classic.

Connor tees off No. 10 at 8:45 a.m. Sheary begins at 1:45 p.m. on the first hole. And Howard starts at 1:55 p.m. off the first hole.

All three reside in Bradenton.

The tournament begins on Friday.

The Symetra Tour's next stop is in southern Manatee County at Sara Bay Country Club. That tournament is scheduled for April 20-22.

LPGA Tour: Kia Classic features several locals




Jodi Ewart
, who lives in Manatee County, joins several other locals in this week's LPGA Tour event, scheduled to begin Thursday.

She's in the first group off No. 10 on Thursday, teeing off at 7:15 a.m. Pacific time at the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, Calif.

Also at the tournament is Bradenton native Jessica Korda, who is making her first LPGA Tour start since she won the Women's Australian Open for her first professional victory. Korda is off No. 10, too. She starts at 8:45 a.m. local time.

Former IMG Academies alum Paula Creamer and Victoria Tanco are in the field as well. Creamer plays alongside world No. 1 Yani Tseng, starting at 9:05 a.m. local time off the 10th hole. Tanco starts off the first hole at 1:40 p.m. local time.

The tournament is a final tune-up for the first major of the year, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, that is held next week.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

PGA Tour: Policy board approves Q-School changes




The Associated Press is reporting the PGA Tour's policy board has approved the changes to Q-School that will revamp the system for professionals to make it onto golf's top tier in America.

Q-School will still exists, but as a means to the Nationwide Tour, where more qualifiers at season's end on that tour will earn PGA Tour cards.

The AP is reporting the details of the new system are yet to be decided.

To read the full story, click here.

LPGA Tour: Jodi Ewart Moves Up World Rankings Off Top 20 Finish

Jodi Ewart practices at Palm-Aire Country Club before the start of the 2012 season. Grant Jefferies/gjefferies@bradenton.com


Manatee County resident Jodi Ewart made a huge jump in the latest women's world golf rankings.

Ewart vaulted 151 places to No. 351 in the Rolex Rankings on the strength of her top-20 finish at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup last week.

Ewart tied for 18th with IMG Academies alum Paula Creamer, and earned a check for $17,658. It was her first career top 20 finish on the LPGA Tour, coming in just her fourth event. She missed two cuts in her only tournaments last season, and finished tied for 66th in the Women's Australian Open in early February.

World No. 1 Yani Tseng captured her 14th career LPGA Tour victory with an 18-under par total. Ewart and Creamer finished 11 shots behind Tseng.

Ewart carded four under-par rounds, with her third-round 69 being her lowest of the 72-hole event.

Monday, March 19, 2012

College golf: Callaway Collegiate Match Play semifinal results


Third-seeded Duke rallied late to hold off second-seeded Cal in semifinal action of the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship at The Concession Golf Club in East Manatee on Monday.

The Blue Devils now have a chance to defend their title against top-seeded Arkansas. The Razorbacks had little trouble dispatching Chattanooga, sweeping all five matches.

Duke, though, rallied with Tim Gornik converting a birdie on the 18th hole to force a playoff. He drained another birdie on the first sudden-death hole to send Duke through to the finals, scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

The full results from Monday's play can be found below:

Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship
Third Round Results
March 19

Team Results
Championship Bracket
Semifinals
(1) Arkansas def. (5) Chattanooga, 5-0
(3) Duke def. (2) California, 3-2

Fifth-Place Bracket
(9) East Carolina def. (4) Oklahoma State, 3.5-1.5
(6) Indiana def. (10) Tennessee, 3 and 2

Consolation Bracket
(8) Iowa def. (13) Colorado State, 3-2
(7) Liberty def. (14) Arizona State, 4-1
(16) Washington State def. (12) South Florida, 3-2
(15) UNCW def. (11) Kennesaw State, 4.5-0.5

Individual Match Results
Championship Bracket
(1) Arkansas def. (5) Chattanooga, 5-0
Ethan Tracy, UA def. Stephan Jaeger, Chatt, 1-up
Sebastian Cappelen, UA def. Steven Fox, Chatt, 4 and 3
Austin Cook, UA def. Benjamain Weilguni, Chatt, 4 and 2
Kolton Crawford, UA def. Liam Johnston, Chatt, 1-up
Thomas Sorensen, UA def. Chris Robb, Chatt, 1-up

(3) Duke def. (2) California, 3-2
Max Homa, Cal def. Julian Suri, Duke, 4 and 3
Brinson Paolini, Duke def. Michael Kim, Cal, 6 and 5
Austin Cody, Duke def. Joel Stalter, Cal, 2 and 1
Brandon Hagy, Cal def. Yaroslav Merkulov, Duke, 2 and 1
Tim Gornik, Duke def. Keelan Kilpatrick, Cal, 19 holes

Fifth-Place Bracket
(9) East Carolina def. (4) Oklahoma State, 3.5-1.5
Harold Varner, ECU def. Talor Gooch, OSU, 4 and 2
Adam Stephenson, ECU def. Sean Einhaus, OSU, 4 and 3
David Watkins, ECU halved Brad Gehl, OSU
Ryan Eibner, ECU def. Patrick Winther, OSU, 2 and 1
Tanner Kesterson, OSU def. Eric Brady, ECU, 2-up

(6) Indiana def. (10) Tennessee, 3 and 2
Chase Wright, IU def. Garrick Porteous, UT, 4 and 3
Jay Vandeventer, UT def. David Mills, IU, 1-up
Brant Peaper, IU def. Brandon Rodgers, UT, 3 and 2
Rick Lamb, Tennessee def. Corey Ziedonis, IU, 2 and 1
David Erdy, IU def. Marshall Talkington, UT, 3 and 2

Consolation Bracket
(8) Iowa def. (13) Colorado State, 3-2
Barrett Kelpin, Iowa def. Zahkai Brown, CSU, 1-up
Steven Ihm, Iowa def. Kirby Pettitt, CSU, 1-up
Chris Brant, Iowa def. Cameron Harrell, CSU, 2-up
Mike Wuertz, CSU def. Ian Vandersee, Iowa, 2 and 1
Parker Edens, CSU def. Brian Bullington, Iowa, 2 and 1

(7) Liberty def. (14) Arizona State, 4-1
Robert Karlsson, Liberty def. Spencer Fletcher, ASU, 8 and 6
Ian McConnell, Liberty def. Mathias Schjoelberg, ASU, 2 and 1
Chase Marinell, Liberty def. Stan Gautier, ASU, 6 and 5
Austin Quick, ASU def. Max McKay, Liberty, 3 and 1
Niklas Lindstrom, Liberty def. Cameron Palmer, ASU, 5 and 4

(16) Washington State def. (12) South Florida, 3-2
Sang Lee, WSU def. Trey Valentine, USF, 3 and 2
Branden Collins, USF def. Trent Sanders, WSU, 4 and 2
Devin Hernandez, USF def. Hank Frame, WSU, 1-up
Michael Anderson, WSU def. Rick Kittelstad, USF, 4 and 2
Kent Hagen, WSU def. Bodi Karsono, USF, 2-up

(15) UNCW def. (11) Kennesaw State, 4.5-0.5
Thomas Bass, UNCW def. Matt Nagy, KSU, 4 and 3
Payne McLeod, UNCW def. Jeff Karlsson, KSU, 5 and 4
Ryan Nagy, UNCW halved Jimmy Beck, KSU
Stefan Brewer, UNCW def. Ben Greene, KSU, 1-up
Patrick Sawrey, UNCW def. Peder Hermansson, KSU, 5 and 4

College golf: Callaway Collegiate Match Play second round results

The second round of the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship saw mainly chalk advance. Only fifth-seeded Chattanooga (over fourth-seeded Oklahoma State) pulled an upset in the quarterfinals at The Concession Golf Club in East Manatee on Sunday.

The semifinals are in action right now with top-seeded Arkansas meeting Chattanooga and second-seeded Cal squaring off with third-seeded and defending champion Duke. The finals are scheduled for Tuesday morning.

Check back here for results when play concludes on Monday.

For now, the afternoon match results from Sunday's play can be found below:

Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship
Second Round Results
March 18

Team Results
Championship Bracket
(1) Arkansas def. (9) East Carolina, 4-1
(5) Chattanooga def. (4) Oklahoma State, 2.5-2.5*
*Chattanooga wins margin of victory tiebreaker 8 holes to 5
(3) Duke def. (6) Indiana, 4-1
(2) California def. (10) Tennessee, 4.5-.05

Consolation Bracket
(8) Iowa def. (16) Washington State, 3-2
(13) Colorado State def. (12) South Florida, 4-1
(14) Arizona State def. (11) Kennesaw State, 3-2
(7) Liberty def. (15) UNCW, 3-2

Individual Match Results
Championship Bracket
(1) Arkansas def. (9) East Carolina, 4-1
Ethan Tracy, Arkansas def. Harold Varner, East Carolina, 1-up
Sebastian Cappelen, Arkansas def. Adam Stephenson, East Carolina, 6 and 5
David Watkins, East Carolina def. Austin Cook, Arkansas, 4 and 3
Kolton Crawford, Arkansas def. Ryan Eibner, East Carolina, 5 and 4
Thomas Sorensen, Arkansas def. Eric Brady, East Carolina, 7 and 6

(5) Chattanooga def. (4) Oklahoma State, 2.5-2.5*
Stephan Jaeger, Chattanooga halved Talor Gooch, Oklahoma State
Sean Einhaus, Oklahoma State def. Steven Fox, Chattanooga, 3 and 1
Benjamin Weilguni, Chattanooga def. Brad Gehl, Oklahoma State, 5 and 3
Patrick Winther, Oklahoma State def. Liam Johnston, Chattanooga, 2 and 1
Chris Robb, Chattanooga def. Tanner Kesterson, Oklahoma State, 3 and 1
*Chattanooga wins margin of victory tiebreaker 8 holes to 5

(3) Duke def. (6) Indiana, 4-1
Julian Suri, Duke def. Chase Wright, Indiana, 2-up
Brinson Paolini, Duke def. David Mills, Indiana, 5 and 4
Austin Cody, Duke def. Brant Peaper, Indiana, 1-up
Yaroslav Merkulov, Duke def. Corey Ziedonis, Indiana, 6 and 5
David Erdy, Indiana def. Tim Gornik, Duke, 1-up

(2) California def. (10) Tennessee, 4.5-.05
Max Homa, California def. Garrick Porteous, Tennessee, 5 and 4
Michael Kim, California halved Jay Vandeventer, Tennessee
Joel Stalter, California def. Brandon Rodgers, Tennessee, 2 and 1
Brandon Hagy, California def. Rick Lamb, Tennessee, 2-up
Keelan Kilpatrick, California def. Marshall Talkington, Tennessee, 4 and 3

Consolation Bracket
(8) Iowa def. (16) Washington State, 3-2
Sang Lee, Washington State def. Barrett Kelpin, Iowa, 3 and 1
Steven Ihm, Iowa def. Trent Sanders, Washington State, 2 and 1
Chris Brant, Iowa def. Hank Frame, Washington State, 2-up
Ian Vandersee, Iowa def. Michael Anderson, Washington State, 3 and 2
Kent Hagen, Washington State def. Brian Bullington, Iowa, 4 and 2

(13) Colorado State def. (12) South Florida, 4-1
Zahkai Brown, Colorado State def. Trey Valentine, South Florida, 4 and 2
Kirby Pettitt, Colorado State def. Branden Collins, South Florida, 6 and 4
Devin Hernandez, South Florida def. Cameron Harrell, Colorado State, 4 and 3
Mike Wuertz, Colorado State def. Rich Kittelstad, South Florida, 6 and 4
Parker Edens, Colorado State def. Bodi Karsono, South Florida, 3 and 2

(14) Arizona State def. (11) Kennesaw State, 3-2
Matt Nagy, Kennesaw State def. Spencer Fletcher, Arizona State, 4 and 2
Mathias Schjoelberg, Arizona State def. Jeff Karlsson, Kennesaw State, 6 and 5
Stan Gautier, Arizona State def. Jimmy Beck, Kennesaw State, 1-up
Austin Quick, Arizona State def. Ben Greene, Kennesaw State, 1-up
Peder Hermansson, Kennesaw State def. Cameron Palmer, Arizona State, 6 and 4

(7) Liberty def. (15) UNCW, 3-2
Robert Karlsson, Liberty def. Thomas Bass, UNCW, 2-up
Payne McLeod, UNCW def. Ian McConnell, Liberty, 4 and 3
Chase Marinell, Liberty def. Ryan Nagy, UNCW, 3 and 2
Stefan Brewer, UNCW def. Max McKay, Liberty, 3 and 2
Niklas Lindstrom, Liberty def. Patrick Sawrey, 2-up

Sunday, March 18, 2012

College golf: Callaway Collegiate Match Play first round results




The Callaway Collegiate Match Play is underway at The Concession Golf Club in East Manatee.

The tournament features 16 teams battling it out on the Tony Jacklin/Jack Nicklaus designed course.

Action began on Sunday with first round and second round play. The event continues on Monday with third-round matches, before play concludes on Tuesday with final round matches.

It was earlier reported here that Peter Uihlein, the former IMG Academies standout and U.S. Amateur champ, was playing for the Oklahoma State University Cowboys.

That was incorrect as Uihlein elected to turn professional before his final semester of college golf.

He made his pro debut in the United Arab Emirates earlier this year on the European Tour.

Nonetheless, there is still top-notch programs competing at the Concession.

First round results can be found below:

Team Results
(1) Arkansas def. (16) Washington State, 3-2
(9) East Carolina def. (8) Iowa, 2.5-2.5*
*East Carolina wins margin of victory tiebreaker 6 holes to 5
(4) Oklahoma State def. (13) Colorado State, 3.5-1.5
(5) Chattanooga def. (12) South Florida, 4-1
(3) Duke def. (14) Arizona State, 3.5-1.5
(6) Indiana def. (11) Kennesaw State, 3.5-1.5
(10) Tennessee def. (7) Liberty, 3-2
(2) California def. (15) UNCW, 3-2

Individual Match Results
(1) Arkansas def. (16) Washington State, 3-2
Sang Lee, Washington State def. Ethan Tracy, Arkansas, 3 and 1
Sebastian Cappelen, Arkansas def. Trent Sanders, Washington State, 3 and 2
Hank Frame, Washington State def. Austin Cook, Arkansas, 2 and 1
Kolton Crawford, Arkansas def. Michael Anderson, Washington State, 1-up
Thomas Sorensen, Arkansas def. Kent Hagen, Washington State, 3 and 1

(9) East Carolina def. (8) Iowa, 2.5-2.5*
Harold Varner, East Carolina halved Barrett Kelpin, Iowa
Steven Ihm, Iowa def. Adam Stephenson, East Carolina, 3 and 1
Chris Brant, Iowa def. David Watkins, East Carolina, 2 and 1
Ryan Eibner, East Carolina def. Ian Vandersee, Iowa, 3 and 2
Eric Brady, East Carolina def. Brian Bullington, Iowa, 3 and 1
*East Carolina wins margin of victory tiebreaker 6 holes to 5

(4) Oklahoma State def. (13) Colorado State, 3.5-1.5
Talor Gooch, Oklahoma State halved Zahkai Brown, Colorado State
Kirby Pettitt, Colorado State def. Sean Einhaus, Oklahoma State, 1-up
Brad Gehl, Oklahoma State def. Cameron Harrell, Colorado State, 1-up
Patrick Winther, Oklahoma State def. Mike Wuertz, Colorado State, 2-up
Tanner Kesterson, Oklahoma State def. Parker Edens, Colorado State, 2-up

(5) Chattanooga def. (12) South Florida, 4-1
Trey Valentine, South Florida def. Stephan Jaeger, Chattanooga, 5 and 4
Steven Fox, Chattanooga def. Branden Collins, South Florida, 4 and 3
Benjamin Weilguni, Chattanooga def. Devin Hernandez, South Florida, 3 and 1
Liam Johnston, Chattanooga def. Rick Kittelstad, South Florida, 7 and 5
Chris Robb, Chattanooga def. Bodi Karsono, South Florida, 4 and 3

(3) Duke def. (14) Arizona State, 3.5-1.5
Julian Suri, Duke def. Spencer Fletcher, Arizona State, 4 and 2
Brinson Paolini, Duke def. Mathias Schjoelberg, Arizona State, 3 and 2
Austin Cody, Duke def. Stan Gautier, Arizona State, 5 and 4
Austin Quick, Arizona State def. Yaroslav Merkoluv Duke, 2 and 1
Tim Gornik, Duke halved Cameron Palmer, Arizona State

(6) Indiana def. (11) Kennesaw State, 3.5-1.5
Chase Wright, Indiana def. Matt Nagy, Kennesaw State, 1-up
Jeff Karlsson, Kennesaw State def. David Mills, Indiana, 6 and 5
Brant Peaper, Indiana def. Jimmy Beck, Kennesaw State, 3 and 1
Corey Ziedonis, Indiana halved Ben Greene, Kennesaw State
David Erdy, Indiana def. Peder Hermansson, Kennesaw State, 4 and 2

(10) Tennessee def. (7) Liberty, 3-2
Robert Karlsson Liberty def. Garrick Porteous Tennessee, 3 and 1
Jay Vandeventer, Tennessee def. Ian McConnell, Liberty, 1-up
Chase Marineli, Liberty def. Brandon Rodgers, Tennessee, 4 and 3
Rick Lamb, Tennessee def. Max McKay, Liberty, 4 and 3
Marshall Talkington, Tennessee def. Niklas Lindstrom, Liberty, 4 and 3

(2) California def. (15) UNCW, 3-2
Max Homa, California def. Thomas Bass, UNCW, 2 and 1
Payne McLeod, UNCW def. Michael Kim, California, 5 and 4
Ryan Nagy, UNCW def. Joel Stalter, California, forfeit
Brandon Hagy, California def. Stefan Brewer, UNCW, 9 and 7
Keelan Kilpatrick, California def. Patrick Sawrey, UNCW, 2 and 1

Friday, March 16, 2012

College golf: Callaway Collegiate Match Play bracket announced

Peter Uihlein, seen here at the 2011 Masters, returns to Bradenton for the Callaway Collegiate Match Play with the Oklahoma State University Cowboys. Photo courtesy of McClatchy-News Service.


The Callaway Collegiate Match Play, scheduled to begin Sunday at The Concession Golf Club, has announced the bracket for the three-day event.

The men's golf tournament features several top college programs including tradition-rich Oklahoma State University.

Peter Uihlein
, a former IMG Academies standout, is a member on the Cowboys golf team and played in the Masters last year after gaining an invitation following his victory in the 2010 U.S. Amateur.

Oklahoma State is seeded fourth in this year's tournament, which is a 16-team field. The Cowboys open with Colorado State University.

Arkansas is the top-seed for the event, and faces Washington State in its opening match. The Razorbacks would play the winner of Iowa and East Carolina should they defeated the Cougars in the first round.

Defending champion Duke is seeded third and California is seeded second. The Blue Devils battle Arizona State University, while the Cal Bears face the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

Play begins at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, and concludes on Tuesday.

For more information, contact the Concession Golf Club at 322-1922.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Local Professional: Scott Berliner grabs second West Florida Golf Tour major

Logo provided by the WFGT


Scott Berliner
became the West Florida Golf Tour's first two-time major champion this season, when his 10-under par 134 total was enough for a two-shot victory at the King of Lake Open on Thursday at Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club in Dade City.

Berliner bested Matt Cooney for the title, and earned a cool $2,500 for first place.

His first major came in the 2012 Manatee County Open at River Wilderness Golf and Country Club in Parrish.

Berliner was consistent with his play, firing 5-under 67s in both rounds.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Local Professional: Four tied after King of the Lake Open first round

Logo provided by the WFGT


Four players are tied for the lead following first-round action at the King of the Lake Open at Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club in Dade City on Wednesday.

The event is the third major of the West Florida Golf Tour's season, where the winner gains an automatic exemption into the tour's Q-School Match Play tournament in early May at the Founders Club. That event pits 16 players together for a shot at winning an entry fee, a $4,500 value, for the fall's PGA Tour Q-School.

Nationwide Tour regular Travis Hampshire and Manatee County Open champion Scott Berliner joined Canada's David Lang and Fort Myers' Brendan Sheehan with 5-under par 67s that gives the quartet a one-shot lead over a host of others.

Bradenton's Chris Kennedy, a former Cardinal Mooney and University of North Florida standout, has the top score among local residents. He fired a 2-under par 70 and is three shots behind when the final round commences on Thursday.

The tee times for Thursday's play can be found below (all players tee off No. 1):

9:42 AMErik Brua
9:42 AMFred Farmer
9:51 AMChad Bouchard
9:51 AMJonathan Self
10:00 AMTimothy Desmarais
10:00 AMAlex Malachowski
10:09 AMJohn Atherton
10:09 AMJ.C. Beecroft
10:09 AMJosh Sandman
10:18 AMGavin Frost
10:18 AMCraig Hicks
10:18 AMChad Lytton
10:27 AMJeff Bors
10:27 AMJared Kobren
10:27 AMDan Zimmerman
10:36 AMMatt Dodson (am)
10:36 AMShelton Smith
10:36 AMKevin Warrick
10:45 AMBrian Keiser
10:45 AMChris Marinaro
10:45 AMGregg Richbourg
10:54 AMStephen Arnold
10:54 AMDoug Dvorak
10:54 AMJordan Elsen
11:03 AMJon Mansfield
11:03 AMBen Piehl
11:03 AMCole Taylor
11:12 AMRobert Gamez
11:12 AMChad Warmbein
11:12 AMBryce Wegerle
11:21 AMJ.J. Amoruso
11:21 AMMorgan Dobbins
11:21 AMLarry O'Brien
11:30 AMGarrett Chaussard
11:30 AMDanny Evelyn
11:30 AMCraig Isabel
11:39 AMNick Jones
11:39 AMJoey Lamielle
11:39 AMEric Steger
11:48 AMChris Kennedy
11:48 AMCarl Paulson
11:48 AMDan Payton
11:57 AMAndy Matthews
11:57 AMDevin Spies
11:57 AMJohn Stoltz
12:06 PMMatt Cooney
12:06 PMDoug Ferris
12:06 PMBrendan Sheehan
12:15 PMScott Berliner
12:15 PMTravis Hampshire
12:15 PMDavid Lang

Monday, March 12, 2012

PGA Tour: No locals progress in Transitions Championship Monday qualifier



No area golfers made it through the Monday qualifier for this week's PGA Tour stop in Palm Harbor.

Only four spots were awarded into the Transitions Championship, scheduled to begin Thursday on the Copperhead Course at the Innisbrook Resort.

Players shooting 66 or better qualified, with those firing rounds of 67 going into a playoff for the final two spots.

No player from Manatee County advanced.

Bradenton's Domenico Geminiani (71), Hampton Ballard (72) and Vince India (73) came up short at Southern Hills Plantation Club, site of the Monday qualifier.

Kyle Reifers, Frank Lickliter, Todd Demsey and Robert Damron were the four players that advanced.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

PGA Tour: Transitions Championship Monday qualifier pairings set for local players




The pairings for Monday's PGA Tour qualifier for the Transitions Championship are set.

Players with local ties either through residence in Manatee County or by playing the West Florida Golf Tour, which operates out of the Bradenton/Sarasota area, are in the field and are looking for a spot in next week's PGA Tour event at Palm Harbor.

Here are the tee times (by player, all off No. 1):

Domenico Geminiani, 9:54 a.m.

The Bradenton phenom is set to turn 16 years old at the end of the month, but showed golfing guile fit for a veteran when he booked a spot into Monday's qualifier by progressing through Thursday's pre-qualifier at the Fox Hollow Golf Club.

Vince India, 8:51 a.m.

Last year's Big Ten Player of the Year also qualified earlier this week in the pre-qualifier. The former University of Iowa star has honed his game on the WFGT and taken up residence in Bradenton.

Daniel Stone, 10:12 a.m.
Jake Katz, 10:39 a.m.
Roger Hebert, 12:45 p.m.

These three players qualified like Geminiani and India. And like India, all three have played several WFGT events in the past.

Ty Tryon, 10:39 a.m.

The former teenage prodigy, who trained at IMG Academies, also played some WFGT events during his offseason from the Nationwide Tour.

Hampton Ballard, 10:57 a.m.

Ballard works at the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club in east Manatee and is in Monday's field. He had a strong showing at last year's PGA Tour Q-School, advancing all the way to the final stage. Ballard has also played in several WFGT events, earning victories and played in the final pairing of the this year's Manatee County Open on the last day of play.

Robert Gamez, 11:06 a.m.

Gamez lives in the Orlando area, but his ties to Manatee County come from his several appearances in various WFGT events. He's won multiple times on the PGA Tour in the past.

Travis Hampshire, 12:36 p.m.

Hampshire is the most notable WFGT alum in this week's field, mainly because he graduated from the mini-tour to the Nationwide Tour. He still plays WFGT events in the offseason, but he's firmly entrenched one step from the PGA Tour. He also played the Transitions Championship last year.

Kelly Sellers, 11:24 a.m.
Lee Janzen, 11:51 a.m.
Brad Brunner, 12:54 p.m.

These three players all have experience in competitive golf tournaments, and all three have played on the WFGT. Janzen is the biggest draw out of the entire field, not just players with local ties, as he has two major championships on his resume.