Globetrotter Julie Yang advanced to the
round of 16 before losing to Annie Park.
and won his first match before falling to
Mills, 1-up, in the round of 32.
The men and women each played
one stroke-play round on Bandon Trails
and Old Macdonald. First-round men’s
matches took place on Bandon Trails
and the remaining matches were played
at Old Macdonald. The women played
their first-round matches on Old Macdonald, the second and third rounds at
Bandon Trails, and the final two rounds
back at Old Macdonald.
Greg O’Connor, who secured the 63rd
and 64th seeds, respectively, took very
different routes to get into the playoff.
McKay played his final three holes in 4
over, while O’Connor birdied three of his
final six holes just to get into the playoff.
Nine women played off for two
match-play berths, with Ember Schuldt
and Ashley Edwards advancing.
cords for the championship, which dates
to 1922, began in 1982.
“It was playing straight downwind,”
said Ernst. “The hole was cut in the
back-left and I almost thought it was
going in the right bunker. Then it kicked
left, rode a ridge toward the hole and
just disappeared. It gave me a big boost
of momentum the rest of the day.”
After the dust settled, Ernst prevailed
in 19 holes.
There was considerable curiosity
among many in golf as to how the new Old
Macdonald course would stand up to the
competition. The Tom Doak/Jim Urbina-
led design more than held its own.
The average score for the women in their stroke-play session
was 82.5; for the men, it was 76.
In fairness to the distaff side, the
afternoon wave at Old Macdonald
had to deal with a consistent drizzle
and some Bandon-style wind. The
men played Old Macdonald in
calm and dry conditions.
Kevin Rei qualified for match play
and had a significant home-field advantage. He caddies at Bandon Dunes and
plays there regularly as well. He quickly
became the local favorite, particularly
among the hundreds of caddies who work
at the resort. He won his first match over
Kevin Fitzgerald, 7 and 6, but fell in the
second round in a 19-hole affair with
One of the more dramatic
moments of the tournament
involved finalist Derek Ernst
and Joseph David. In their
first-round match, David
won the first three
holes and was 2-up
holes when the
Ernst aced the
299-yard, par- 4
eighth hole with
a 3-wood. It was
the first known
hole-in-one on a
par 4 in APL history.
Jon Bohannon, 38, of Ocate, N.M.,
shot 67 in his second round of sectional
qualifying for this championship, including a first-nine 29 that earned him first-alternate status. He got into the field when
exempt player Kevin Phelan withdrew.
Nine years ago, Bohannon suffered
a severe left-knee injury while snow-boarding that required five screws and a
titanium rod to be placed from his ankle
to his knee. Doctors told him at the time
that he would never play golf again.
The men’s cut fell at
11-over-par 152. The
women’s cut came at
159, 18-over par. Six
men played off for two
spots to round out the
64-player match-play portion of the
Max McKay and
South Carolina’s Steven Liebler, 52,
has now qualified for every USGA event
for which he has been eligible. Days prior
to arriving at Bandon Dunes, he quali-
fied for his first U.S. Senior Open. The
only event left for him to qualify for is the
USGA Senior Amateur, for which he’ll be
eligible in three years.
Scott Pinckney, 22, has a connection to
2011 U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy.
Back in 2000, McIlroy’s parents sent
Kevin Rei, who caddies at Bandon Dunes, won
his first match but fell in the second round.
Rory to live with Pinckney in Orem, Utah,
for three months because they thought
the weather was better in Utah than
On a daily basis, they played golf
together, ate together and competed together. Pinckney, a recent Arizona State
graduate, was reunited with McIlroy at
Congressional as a sectional qualifier.
Fifteen-year-old Julie Yang has lived
in more countries than some people will
She was born in South Korea and
moved to Thailand at age 4, where she
began to play golf. She moved to Arizona
at age 9, and then to Scotland at 14. She
is now back in South Korea and will finish high school in 2012.
In her brief career, she has won 73
tournaments, including the 2010 English
Women’s Open Stroke Play Championship.
Yang won two matches handily to advance
to the round of 16, but lost to Annie Park,
1-up, to end her run.
John Urquhart, 42, qualified for the
2008 U.S. Mid-Amateur in the midst of
dialysis for his kidney. He was diagnosed
in 2006 with an auto-immune disease
that caused kidney failure and he endured
two-and-a-half years of dialysis before
finally receiving a transplant in October
of 2008, about a month after missing the
match-play cut at Milwaukee C.C.
He also is a singer/songwriter for a
country-music band (John Eric Band)
and in the last 13 years the group has
opened for several national acts, including Tracy Lawrence, Pat Green, Ty
Herndon, Tracy Byrd, Mark Wills, Gary
Allen and Deana Carter. l
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