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Papp, Gillman and Dossey Qualify For 25th Windam Cup

kaitlyn pappKaitlyn Papp, (left) Kristen Gillman (right) kristen gillmanand Cooper Dossey, (below) all from Austin, have qualified for the 25th Wyndham Cup.  The Wyndham Cup is an East vs West competition to be conducted at the Old Sandwich Golf Club in Plymouth, Massachusetts July 7-10.  Listed below are the player rosters and a description of the event from the American Junior Golf Association.

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West – Boys
Sam Burns, Shreveport, La.
Austin Connelly, Irving, Texas
Brad Dalke, Hobart, Okla.
Cooper Dossey, Austin, Texas
George Cunningham, Tucson, Ariz.
Nathan Jeansonne, Keithville, La.
KK Limbhasut, Loma Linda, Calif.
Collin Morikawa, La Canada Flintridge, Calif.
Josh Seiple, Castle Rock, Colo.
Jacob Solomon, Dublin, Calif.

West – Girls
Lakareber Abe, Angleton, Texas
Kristen Gillman, Austin, Texas
Amy Lee, Brea, Calif.
Andrea Lee, Hermosa Beach, Calif.
Hannah O’Sullivan, Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Kaitlyn Papp, Austin, Texas
Robynn Ree, Redondo Beach, Calif.
Maddie Szeryk, Allen, Texas
Elizabeth Wang, San Marino, Calif.
Bethany Wu, Diamond Bar, Calif.

East – Boys
John Augenstein, Owensboro, Ky.
Jorge Garcia, Miami, Fla.
Doug Ghim, Arlington Heights, Ill.
Benjamin Griffin, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Nick Hardy, Northbrook, Ill.
Theo Humphrey, Greenwich, Conn.
Davis Riley, Hattiesburg, Miss.
Qi Wen Wong, Bradenton, Fla.
Adam Wood, Zionsville, Ind.
Andy Zhang, Reunion, Fla.

East – Girls
Shannon Brooks, Vienna, Va.
Sierra Brooks, Sorrento, Fla.
Abbey Carlson, Lake Mary, Fla.
Rachel Dai, Milton, Ga.
Jillian Hollis, Rocky River, Ohio
Rinko Mitsunaga, Roswell, Ga.
Anna Newell, Tampa, Fla.
Sophia Schubert, Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Lauren Stephenson, Lexington, S.C.
Bailey Tardy, Norcross, Ga.

BRASELTON, Ga. — The Wyndham Cup rosters have been finalized and 40 players from 18 states have committed to represent the East or West at the 25th annual event conducted at Old Sandwich Golf Club in Plymouth, Massachusetts, July 7-10.

The Wyndham Cup brings together 40 of the nation’s top juniors in an East-versus-West team match play tournament. With the Mississippi River as the division separating East from West, 10 boys and 10 girls from each side are selected based on the Polo Golf Rankings, which reward top finishes in national junior golf events.

No. 1 in the Polo Golf Rankings and coming off an eight-shot victory at the Rolex Tournament of Champions, Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach, California, leads the West in qualifying points. After going undefeated in all 2013 matches, Lee returns for her third Wyndham Cup with a 7-1-0 record.

The West boys squad is headlined by No. 4-ranked Austin Connelly of Irving, Texas, and No. 5-ranked Sam Burns of Shreveport, Louisiana, who each captured signature wins in 2014 at the FJ Invitational and Rolex Tournament of Champions, respectively. Connelly helped the West win the Cup in 2013, while Burns returns to the squad after a one-year hiatus.

Veteran Brad Dalke of Hobart, Oklahoma, will represent the West for the fourth consecutive year. With a 6-3-3 career record, the three-time AJGA Invitational champion was the only West boy in the 2013 competition to notch a point in all of his matches.

Amy Lee of Brea, California, returns to the West Team for the third consecutive year boasting a 6-1-1 career record. At No. 5 in the Polo Golf Rankings, the two-time AJGA champion won the 2013 Junior PGA Championship and finished runner-up at the 2014 Rolex Girls Junior Championship.

The East Team will be led by Jorge Garcia of Miami, who will return for the second consecutive year, and Adam Wood of Zionsville, Indiana, who will compete in his third and final Wyndham Cup. In 2013, Garcia posted a 3-1-0 record in his match play debut, then went on to finish runner-up at the Polo Golf Junior Classic, the AJGA’s only other annual match play event. Wood, who won the Polo Golf Junior Classic in 2012, comes off his second consecutive runner-up showing at the Rolex Tournament of Champions.

No. 6-ranked Doug Ghim of Arlington Heights, Illinois, will close his junior career at Old Sandwich Golf Club. Ghim, who competed in the 2012 Wyndham Cup, opened the year by breaking Wyndham Cup alumnus Jordan Spieth’s 54-hole tournament record at the CB&I Boys Championship at Carlton Woods for his fourth career AJGA title.

At No. 2 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Andy Zhang of Reunion, Florida, will join the East Team for his Wyndham Cup debut. Zhang earned a berth into the match play competition with a second-place finish at the CB&I Boys Championship at Carlton Woods and a victory at the Thunderbird International Junior.

Sierra Brooks of Sorrento, Florida, will represent the East for the third consecutive year. Brooks made her Wyndham Cup debut as the youngest player in the 2012 edition, and has compiled a 4-3-1 record. This will be her first match play event since her semifinal appearance at the 2013 Polo Golf Junior Classic.

Abbey Carlson of Lake Mary, Florida, and Bailey Tardy of Norcross, Georgia, will compete for the second straight year, while Anna Newell of Tampa, Florida, returns for the first time since 2012.

The top nine boys and top nine girls earned invitations based on the Polo Golf Rankings as of June 16. Play at the Rolex Tournament of Champions determined the final spots on each team. Josh Seiple of Castle Rock, Colorado, and Kaitlyn Papp of Austin, Texas, earned the final two spots on the West Team.

After an East girl withdrawal, three spots for the East were filled based on Polo Golf Rankings as of June 30: Rachel Dai of Milton, Georgia, will return for the second year while Wyndham Cup rookies Shannon Brooks of Vienna, Virginia, and Qi Wen Wong of Bradenton, Florida will round out the squad.

In 2013, the West Team reclaimed the Cup for the first time since 2010 with a 27.5-22.5 victory over the East at The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe in Rancho Santa Fe, California. The West holds a 13-9-2 edge in the all-time series, which dates back to 1990. Site of the 2010 Wyndham Cup, Old Sandwich Golf Club in Plymouth, Massachusetts, will host the Cup for the second time.

Wyndham Worldwide, one of the world’s leading diversified providers of travel-related products and services for businesses and individual consumers, is the Official Hotel Partner of the AJGA and has supported the Wyndham Cup since 2011. The 25th anniversary of the Wyndham Cup coincides with the 75th playing of the PGA TOUR’s Wyndham Championship. AJGA alumni who have won the Wyndham Championship include Patrick Reed (2013), Sergio Garcia (2012), Webb Simpson (2011), Ryan Moore (2009), Carl Pettersson (2008), Brandt Snedeker (2007) and Davis Love III (2006, 1992).

For more information, please contact Amanda Herrington (aherrington@ajga.org) in the AJGA Communications Department at (770) 616-4412, or visit ajga.org.

About Wyndham Worldwide
One of the world’s largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) provides a wide range of hospitality products and services through its global portfolio of world-renowned brands. The world’s largest hotel company based on the number of properties, Wyndham Hotel Group is home to many of the world’s best-known hotel brands, with approximately 7,500 franchised hotels and 646,900 hotel rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and the world’s largest professionally managed vacation rentals business, providing more than 5 million leisure-bound families annually with access to over 107,000 vacation properties in over 100 countries through its prominent exchange and vacation rental brands. The industry and timeshare ownership market leader, Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets, and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of over 190 vacation ownership resorts serving approximately 907,000 owners throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. Based in Parsippany, New Jersey, Wyndham Worldwide employs approximately 32,800 associates globally. For more information, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

About the American Junior Golf Association
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 6,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 50 countries. To ensure scholarship opportunities for all junior golfers who have the skill, the AJGA created the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program to provide financial assistance to young players in need.

Titleist, the AJGA’s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association’s success since 1989. Rolex, which is in its fourth decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Ralph Lauren became the AJGA’s second Premier Partner.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 500 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Stacy Lewis, Vicky Hurst, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome and Morgan Pressel.

 

 

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Beck, Rossi, Costello, Kim, Dossey Qualify For Upcoming USGA Events

Julia Beck and Alexandra Rossi of Austin each shot 70 at Prestonwood Country Club in Plano, Texas to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Tournament to be held August 4-10 at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, New York.  Julia Beck plays for The University of Texas Women’s Golf Team.  Rossi plays for the SMU Women’s Golf Team.

Nicklaus Costello and Cooper Dossey of Austin, along with Charles Kim of Cedar Park have qualified for U.S. Boys Junior to be held at Carlton Woods Country Club in Woodlands, Texas July 21-16.  Costello plays for Westlake High School, Kim plays for Cedar Park High School and Dossey plays for Vandegrift High School.  See the complete qualifying results here.

 

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Joe Balandar Junior Results

Austin Cotton shot even par at Jimmy Clay Golf Course to win the boys 16-18 division of the Joe Balandar Junior Golf Tournament.

Boys and Girls of various ages competed in the tournament.  Click here to see the final results of each division.

The tournament is part of the City of Austin Summer Junior Tour.  Upcoming events are listed at GolfAustin.Org.

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Kyle Bailey Wins Chester Cup

DSCN0585Kyle Bailey, shown here on the right, won the 2014 Chester Cup.   Chester Burks, the tournament namesake, presented him with the trophy.  The victory was unexpected.  Here is why….

On the 17th tee box at Great Hills Country Club,  Chris Hartenstein had a a four shot lead over Bailey, his closest competitor in the 2014 Chester Cup.  Hartenstein had overcome brisk gusty winds, fast greens, deep rough and the pressure of holding a lead for the entire final round. He was the only player under par for the championship.  He could smell victory.

If he could make a couple of pars or a par and a bogey on the last two holes, the Chester cup would be his.  He had won the Austin Senior City Championship last September so he was a proven winner.  But, he was concerned about the last two holes at Great Hills Country Club.

The 17th

The 17th, is a downhill par three with a severe elevation change and there was a brisk left to right wind.  The pin was back right on a diagonal green.  With bunkers in front and in back of the green, distance control is critical.  Short right is bunker or water hazard, depending on the line of the shot.  Long is an impossible pitch to a back left pin.  Get the distance right and the worst you can do is a three putt bogey.  Get the distance wrong and anything can happen.

Standing on the tee, Hartenstein selected an 8 iron for the 190 yard shot, figuring that he could not hit that club too far.  He struck the 8 iron solidly and watched it fly on line, about 20 feet left of target.  He felt good about it.  Until it landed…..

In the late afternoon shadows it was difficult to see the final result.  A playing partner informed him it had plugged in the back lip of the back bunker.  Not good…. that leaves an impossible shot.  Enter damage control.

DSCN0555The shot he faced presented the choice of advancing the ball to a flat part of the bunker or being aggressive and risk going long into another bunker or hitting it into the water hazard short of the green.  Wisely, he chose to advance the ball to the flat part of the bunker.   Meanwhile, Bailey had hit the green in regulation, some 35 feet from the hole.

Hartenstein was then facing a third shot out of the bunker from 30 feet to a fast green sloping away from him.  (Shown in the photo above) The standard play would have left him with a fifteen footer past the hole, putting for bogey.   Double bogey would have been the probability.    He tried to make bogey and left his third shot in the bunker.  As the gallery and his playing companions watched Bailey two putt for par and Hartenstein eventually make a triple bogey six, there was a shift in mood…..

Naked and Afraid

‘Naked and Afraid’ is the title of a TV series where a man and a woman are dumped in some god awful location, stripped of their clothes, and given minimal tools with which to survive for a couple of weeks.  The latest episode is entitled “The Pain Forest”.   Hartenstein had now entered his own version of this drama and was starring in the lead role.

Although he retained a one shot lead headed into 18, his body chemistry had undergone a substantial change.   His was reacting to a threat and additional factors were at work biologically.  Some call it pressure.  Whatever you call a threat, certain things happen physically.   The blood changes and adds coagulants so it will congeal in case of attack or injury.   Muscles tense in anticipation of having to fight or run.  In short….it becomes hard to function properly in a game like golf that requires finesse, a clear mind, and freedom of movement.

The 18th

From the 18th par five tee box, Bailey hit a marginal shot, narrowly missing the trouble to the left and bouncing back almost to the fairway.  It looked OK from the tee, but not great.   Shown here is the swing.DSCN0560

Hartenstein hooked his tee shot into the left hillside, resulting in an unplayable lie.  After some discussion and a ruling by Rick Arnett, the Head Professional at Great Hills, Hartenstein elected to drop the ball some 45 yards back of the spot of the unplayable.  It was his only realistic option.   Two club lengths no closer to the hole would have forced a drop on a rocky hillside where anything could happen.  DSCN0564So, Hartenstein took a one stroke penalty then played a third shot into the fairway some 100 yards short of the green.  Rick Arnett is shown here helping to determine the proper relief from the situation.

Next, the rules officials had to deal with the issue of whether or not Bailey got relief from a tree in the left rough that had been staked for growth.  No relief was given.  Bailey then played a second shot with a restricted backswing and knocked it onto the green for a 35 foot eagle putt.DSCN0572  Youth and strength are a nice asset to have in these situations.

Hartenstein played his fourth to 15 foot above the hole.  Bailey putted to about four feet below the hole.  Hartenstein ran his par putt about six feet past then missed it coming back.  Bailey made his birdie and won the tournament.

Meanwhile Chester Burks watched all this unfold from the comfort of his golf cart.  He just shook his head and felt badly for Hartenstein. DSCN0566

The beauty and the beast

The beauty….here is the thing… amateurs play golf for fun.  It’s recreation. In a tournament, only a handful of players are in contention for the title.  And regardless of the outcome, it is something special for all who participate.

To get into contention requires years of hard work, practice, playing in tournaments etc.  It’s not something you can buy, regardless of how much money you have.  It is something that has to been earned.  And, it is something out of the ordinary.  It puts you in a difficult place and tests your resolve.  It forces you out of your comfort zone.   It gives the participants a brief window of feeling elevated and more alive.  It is a beautiful thing.

The beast….losing is a bummer.  There is always the “what if” or “I should have” or “if only I had”…  The thing to remember is you were in contention and for a brief couple of hours you were elevated and more alive.  Live and learn and apply the lessons to the next opportunity.

Congratulations to Kyle Bailey, Chris Hartenstein and all those players where in a position to enjoy the feelings of being in contention.  Click here to view the leaderboard and see who was there….

 

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Hartenstein’s 68 Grabs Lead At Chester Cup

HartenstienChris Hartenstein overcame brisk winds, deep rough and fast greens to post the only under par round of the day and establish a three shot lead over the field headed into the final round of the Chester Cup at Great Hills Golf Club.

Hartenstein’s three under par 68 included five birdies and two bogies.  He birdied 6, bogied the difficult par three 7th, then birdied 8 to turn in one under par.  He birdied 11, bogied the par three 12th, then birdied 15 and 18 to post two under on the back nine.

When asked about his round he indicated that he drove the ball well all day.  That enabled him to stay out of the bermuda rough, which has become very healthy with the recent rains, and he made a few putts.

kyle & roger baileyKyle Bailey and Gene Black were the only players to match even par and will be paired with Hartenstein in the final round.

Roger Bailey, shown here on the left with his son Kyle, posted 74 for the day.   Not a bad day of golf for the Bailey family.

Full field results are available at this link.

 

 

 

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Felix George Junior Results

The Felix George Junior is the first tournament of the 2014  Austin City Junior Tour.  It was held at Morris Williams  Golf Course and 53 boys and girls from age 8-18 participated.   The boys 16-18 division was won by Palmer Smith, who shot 70.  Lucie Gillette won the girls 16-18 division.

See the full field results at the following link.

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Cersosimo and Turner Shoot 61 At Muny

Contributed by Lorenzo De Paolis

In the last few weeks, Lions Municipal Golf Course has witnessed two of the best rounds it has ever experienced. There is no definitive record for low round on the course, but most are in agreement that 61 probably takes that honor. Ben Crenshaw and Randi Petri both accomplished this feat many years ago. This summer it was the turn of Jack Cersosimo and Cyrus Turner.

Jack2Jack is already well known at Lions, having tied for 4th at last year’s Firecracker. On April 18, Jack posted a 61. His amazing 29 on the front nine was followed by three birdies on the first four holes on the back. Surprisingly he made pars all the way in to the clubhouse. It could so easily have been lower! During his round, Jack hit 16 of 18 greens and had a total of 24 putts. Jack is currently at Concordia College here in Austin. He recently qualified for the finals of the D3 nationals where he finished in the top 20. Shown below is the card for his round.cersosimo's card (click on the image to enlarge it, then use your back arrow to return to the story)

 

 

Cyrus2On June 2nd Cyrus Turner, a 16 year old who attends St. Andrews, also fired a 61. Remarkably, he birdied every par 4 on the front nine. We were all very excited for him until he made a heart-wrenching bogey on 17.

The rest of the group thought his great round had come to an end, but Cyrus had one more surprise up his sleeve. Following a good drive on 18, he hit a 50 yard wedge and made it for eagle, sealing his 61. Cyrus is looking forward to the Firecracker, where he hopes to continue his recent good form. Shown below is his card for the round. (click on the image to enlarge the card, then use the back button to return to the story)
turner's card

 

 

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When Golf Is Gone – Reflections Of A Former Golfer

I can’t play golf anymore. I tried to swing the club the other day, but my body wouldn’t cooperate. The best I can do now is sometimes take walks on the course, but my eyes aren’t as good as they used to be so I don’t see much.

I have a lot of time to sit and think now, and I often think about the game.
It was my favorite game. I played most of my adult life. Thousands of rounds, thousands of hours practicing. As I look back, I guess I had a pretty good time at it. But now that I can’t do it anymore, I wish I had done it differently.

It’s funny, but with all the time I spent playing golf, I never thought I was a real golfer. I never felt good enough to really belong out there. It doesn’t make much sense, since I scored better than average and a lot of people envied my game, but I always felt that if I was just a little better or a little more consistent, then I’d feel really good. I’d be satisfied with my game. But I never was.  It was always “One of these days I’ll get it” or “One day I’ll get there” and now here I am. I can’t play anymore, and I never got there.

I met a whole lot of different people out on the course. That was one of the best things about the game. But aside from my regular partners and a few others, I don’t feel like I got to know many of those people very well. I know they didn’t really get to know me. At times they probably didn’t want to. I was pretty occupied with my own game most of the time and didn’t have much time for anyone else, especially if I wasn’t playing well.

So why am I writing you this letter anyway, just to complain? Not really.
Like I said, my golfing experience wasn’t that bad. But it could have been so much better, and I see that so clearly now. I want to tell you, so you can learn from it. I don’t want you getting to my age and feeling the same regrets I’m feeling now.

I wish, I wish. Sad words, I suppose, but necessary. I wish I could have played the game with more joy, more freedom. I was always so concerned with “doing it right” that I never seemed to be able to enjoy just doing it at all. I was so hard on myself, never satisfied, always expecting more. Who was I trying to please? Certainly not myself, because I never did. If there were people whose opinions were important enough to justify all that self-criticism, I never met them.

I wish I could have been a better playing partner. I wasn’t a bad person to be with, really, but I wish I had been friendlier and gotten to know people better. I wish I could have laughed and joked more and given people more encouragement. I probably would have gotten more from them, and I would have loved that.

There were a few bad apples over the years, but most of the people I played with were friendly, polite, and sincere. They really just wanted to make friends and have a good time. I wish I could have made more friends and had a better time.

I’m inside a lot now and I miss the beauty of the outdoors. For years when I was golfing I walked through some of the most beautiful places on earth, and yet I don’t feel I really saw them. Beautiful landscapes, trees, flowers, animals, the sky, and the ocean – how could I have missed so much?

What was I thinking of that was so important – my grip, my back swing, my stance?  Sure, I needed to think about those sometimes, but so often as to be oblivious to so much beauty? And all the green – the wonderful, deep, lush color of green!  My eyes are starting to fail. I wish I had used them better so I would have more vivid memories now.

So what is it that I’m trying to say? I played the type of game that I thought I should play, to please the type of people that I thought I should please. But it didn’t work. My game was mine to play, but I gave it away.

It’s a wonderful game. Please, don’t lose yours. Play a game that you want to play. Play a game that gives you joy and satisfaction and makes you a better person to your family and friends. Play with enthusiasm, play with freedom. Appreciate the beauty of nature and the people around you. Realize how lucky you are to be able to do it. All too soon your time will be up, and you won’t be able to play anymore. Play a game that enriches your life.

Best wishes . . .. don’t waste a minute of golf . . . someday it will be gone!

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Charles Kim T15, Cooper Dossey T18 at Foot Joy Invitational in Greensboro, North Carolina

Charles Kim of Cedar Park, Texas finished T15 and Cooper Dossey of Austin finished T18 in the Foot Joy Invitational in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The tournament, hosted by the American Junior Golf Association,  was held at the Sedgefield Country Club.  The  7110 yard par 70, with a rating of 75 and a slope of 143, provided a stern test for the players.  The course was set up with difficult hole locations and fast greens and is similar to what the PGA Wyndam Championship will be like on this course later this year.

See the full field results and more at the AJGA tournament website.

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Nolen Second In Texas Amateur

Stratton NolenAustin’s Stratton Nolen shot 69 in the final round of the Texas Amateur Golf Championship to post a seven under par total for 72 holes at Brook Hollow Golf Club in Dallas and finish second, three shots behind Will Zalatoris, a 17 year old from Plano, Texas.

Nolen plays for the Oklahoma State University men’s golf team.  They finished second in the 2014 NCAA Division I golf tournament behind national champion Alabama.  Read more about their team and Stratton Nolen at the Oklahoma State website.

Steve Paterson, also from Austin finished the 72 hole tournament with a two over par 290 total to place T14.  Dillon Van Essen, finished T29 and Robert Evans finished T37.

Click here to see the full field scores and for more details.

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