47, a reinstated amateur who is now a car dealer in California, earned his No.
1 seed the old fashioned way:He
shot a 62 on the first of two days of stroke-play qualifying. Davis
earned his spot another old-fashioned way:He arose early Wednesday morning to be one of 16 players
vying for six final match play spots.
Having earned the last spot,
Davis was plugged into the line for sacrificial
victims in the match play bracket, facing the No. 1 seed.
But the match didn’t work
out as expected.Davis stunned the favorite, standing at
the equivalent of 4-under par through 17 holes when he closed out Wilson with his sixth birdie of the day.
defeat immediately raised questions about the "medalist jinx."But Davis shook off the suggestion, citing his own hot hand as the
played awesome," said Davis."If he had run into somebody who played
pretty good golf today, he would have smoked him.But, I didn’t play pretty good golf."
Like so many young golfers these days, Davis is a near-novice at match
play."I haven’t played play match
play since high school, my sophomore year in high school since I was 15 years,"
In today’s Round 2 match, Davis faces Brad Benjamin,
23, from Rockford, Ill., the 2009 U.S.
Amateur Publinks champion.
In the locals watch of
Philadelphia-area golfers in the U.S. Amateur,after the first of two days of
stroke-play qualifying, two players – AmoryDavis from Chadds Ford and Brian
Belden from Emmaus – are in good position to be among the low 64 who
advance to match play.
senior at the University of Virginia, is the low local, having shot 2-under 70 on The
Home Course, tying him for 11th..Today, he’ll play Chambers
Bay, which will host the match play portion of the Amateur.
Belden, a senior at the University of Kentucky, is tied for 24th after shooting even par
72.He also plays Chambers Bay
Michael Brown, 37, from Cheltenham, winner of the 2010 Philadelphia Open, shot 3-over 75 and
his tied for 97th, along with Brandon
Detweiler, from Akron, Pa., a senior at N.C. State,
who was medalist at local qualifying for the Amateur.
Robert Savarese, from Lafayette Hill, shot 4-over 76 and is tied for
123rd.Marc Mandel, from Conshohocken, shot 6-over
77 at Chambers Bay, leaving him tied for 164th.
Ballamor GC in Egg Harbor Township is
rightfully crowing that nine months after it went public, the course has been
in New Jersey on Golf magazine’s latest list of Best
Places You Can Play.
100 nationally and the state-by-state
lists will be published in the September issue of the magazine; it’s already
available on the sister website, Golf.com.
"This comes as a pleasant
surprise," said Ballamor GM Mike Tucci."While we
was as good as or even better than some of the other NJ courses, we figured it
might take some time for the word to get out."
Opened in 2001 as a private
filed for bankruptcy last fall and reopened Jan. 1 2010 as an upscale daily
For fans of Pine Valley Golf Club, circle Sunday, Sept. 12 on your calendar.That’s the day of the finals of the 86th Crump Cup.
The George Arthur Crump Cup Memorial Tournament, named for the founder
and main architect of the club, is a four-day competition among a field of top
amateurs.The day of the finals is
the one day of the year that Pine Valley,
near Clementon, N.J., the No. 1
ranked course in the country, throws open its doors to any and all comers.
Here is the pertinent
information for this year’s Crump Cup.
-- Doors open at 1 p.m., Sept. 12.
-- Parking is at the Clementon Lake Amusement Park, 144
Berlin Road, Clementon.Signs will
be posted to direct you to the designated parking area.(Police will not allow parking o East
-- Parking is $20 per car, which will include a
shuttle bus ride to the course.
-- The Clementon Youth Athletic Association will set up a refreshment
stand inside the front gate.
-- Video, photographs and cell
phones are not permitted.Do
not bring cameras.
-- In case of inclement
weather, call 856-783-3000, Option4.
For your reading enjoyment, here’s
a tour of the course from GolfClubAtlas.com.Here’s
a good magazine story on the Crump Cup.Photos from last year’s Crump Cup are under Photos on the MyPhillyGolf Home
I don’t know about you but
in the span of about 15 minutes, I went from being totally outraged that Dustin Johnson was getting completely hosed
at the PGA Championship to thinking, in the words of Roberto de Vincenzo, "Whata stupid he is."
How can you come to any
other conclusion, once you’ve seen the CBS video
of Johnson’s tee shot flight path
into what is clearly a bunker?
and the fact that he readily admitted afterward that he hadn’t bothered to read
the Local Rules sheet from the PGA pointing out that every single one
of Whistling Strait’s 1,000 bunkers
would be played as bunkers, not as waste areas, no matter how far off the
beaten path they were.
What happened to Johnson must be tough for him to
swallow but he’s got nobody to blame but himself.
I agree with you up to a point. If the PGA of America was going to declare all of the 1,000-plus bunkers in play, as they did, then they should have kept fans from walking in them. Unfortunately, because of where Pete Dye put so many of the bunkers at Whistling Straits, thatís not practical if you want to have spectators attend the tournament. They have nowhere else to walk.
However, what is inescapable is that the PGA gave a Local Rules sheet to every player declaring the bunkers in play. For competitors, reading that sheet, especially in a major, is Golf 101.
[8/17/2010 7:26:59 AM]
The patrons should not be allowed to stand in the bunkers of the golf course. If so, it should be a waste bunker, and grounding is OK. Try having a patron stand in the bunker at Augusta, and see what happens. Terrible, with terrible outcome. The PGA should be embarrassed.