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Western Pennsylvania pair qualify for the U.S. Amateur Public Links

| Thursday, July 3, 2008

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.



AT&T National

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

Rogers, Ark.

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


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 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, 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).


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


"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"
Player Earnings
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

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