Western Pennsylvania pair qualify for the U.S. Amateur Public Links
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Summer has barely begun, but already it's been a good year for young golfers in Western Pennsylvania. Such as the area duo who have qualified for the U.S. Amateur Public Links.
Ryan Castanet (South Fayette High School, Seton Hall) and Brendan Borst (Upper St. Clair, Penn State) got into the event by shooting 71-65 and 68-70, respectively.
Both play out of Hickory Heights Golf Club in Bridgeville. The U.S. Amateur Public Links is July 14-19 at the Murphy Creek Golf Course in Aurora, Colo.
Or how about Pine-Richland graduate Mike Van Sickle, the talented rising senior at Marquette• He was named a Golfweek All-America honorable mention selection, a PING All-America selection for the second consecutive year, and an All-Big East honorable mention selection for the second year in a row.
Then there's the three district caddies who were awarded Chick Evans scholarships: Robert Guerrieri of Pittsburgh (Oakmont Country Club, Plum High School), Casey Parrish of Valencia (Field Club, Mars Area High School) and Patrick Zuza of Pittsburgh (Field Club, Central Catholic High School).
The Evans Caddie scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship, renewable for up to four years. Over 800 caddies are attending college as Evans Scholars, including 15 at Penn State.
And, of course, Brookville native Nathan Smith doesn't fall into the "young" category at the ripe old age of 29, but he's had a great year thus far, recently winning the West Penn Amateur, finishing second in the prestigious Northeast Amateur -- fueled by an opening-round 63 -- and a third-place finish in the equally prestigious Sunnehanna Amateur.
Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, Md.
Purse : $6 million
Defending champion :K.J. Choi
TV : Golf Channel (today, 2 to 6 p.m., 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.; Friday, 12:30 to 3:30 a.m., 3 to 6 p.m., 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.; Saturday, 12:30 to 3:30 a.m.) and KDKA-2/CBS (Saturday-Sunday, 3 to 6 p.m.).
P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship Presented by John Q. Hammons
Purse : $1.7 million
Defending champion : Stacey Lewis earned an unofficial victory after the weather cut the tournament to 18 holes.
TV : KDKA-2/CBS (Saturday, 1:30 to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m.).
Dick's Sporting Goods Open
En-Joie GC, Endicott, N.Y.
Purse : $1.6 million
Defending champion : R.W. Eaks
TV : Golf Channel (Friday, 1 to 3 p.m., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m., 6:30 to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m., 7 to 9 p.m.).
Idle this week
Next: Nationwide Tour Players Cup, July 10-13
Defending champion : Jimmy Walker
THE KIDS ARE COMING
New Castle Country Club, which played host to the Tri-State Open a few weeks ago, will be the site of an American Junior Golf Association event for the sixth straight year.
The AJGA Junior at New Castle will be July 15-17 and will feature a 54-hole test for 99 of the best boys and girls golfers age 12-18.
The USGA reported that USOpen.com set a record for live concurrent streaming viewers during the Tiger Woods-Rocco Mediate playoff of the Open at Torrey Pines. More than 2.5 million streams were served on USOPEN.com, surpassing all previous single sporting event numbers. The numbers peaked at more than 600,000 concurrent streams during Monday's playoff.
NBC's broadcast of Woods' 19-hole victory over Mediate earned a 7.6 overnight rating and 20 share, the best Monday golf rating in 30 years and a 90 percent increase over the last time the Open finished with a Monday playoff (2001, 4.0/12).
JULY IS FAMILY GOLF MONTH
Conducted at participating facilities nationwide during July, Family Golf Month offers golf clinics and play days for a nominal fee.
PGA professionals will customize additional programs that best fit their facility, resources and style, such as three-, six-, or nine-hole scrambles, family golf tees and scorecards or cookouts to celebrate the day.
Those interested can find a complete list of facilities participating, along with details on specific events and online registration, by zip code on the Play Golf America Web site at PlayGolfAmerica.com.
SHE SAID IT
"On the back nine, pretty much every hole, there was a scoreboard, and I am one of the persons who watches the scoreboards all the time. I don't think it bothered me too much. It gave me motivation to stay at the top."
-- Women's Open champ Inbee Park, 19, on the pressure of seeing her name atop the leaderboard on the back nine Sunday at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minn.
|Today: PGA Tour career money leaders vs. golf's "Big Three"|
|1. Tiger Woods||$85,354,376|
|2. Vijay Singh||$56,690,749|
|3. Phil Mickelson||$49,293,526|
|4. Jim Furyk||$37,012,379|
|5. Davis Love III||$35,882,209|
|6. Ernie Els||$32,621,832|
|7. David Toms||$28,423,857|
|8. Justin Leonard||$26,110,924|
|Golf's "Big Three"|
|151. Jack Nicklaus||$5,734,031|
|308. Arnold Palmer||$1,861,857|
|312. Gary Player||$1,834,482|
|(Total official money, through Sunday, earned by a PGA Tour regular member exclusively on the PGA Tour over an entire career.)|
|Source: PGA Tour|
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.