Gilmartin Gets Second
Ouimet Memorial Title
John Gilmartin saved his best for
last with birdies on both playoff holes to
win a four-man playoff and his second
title in the Francis Ouimet Memorial
Tournament at Woodland Golf Club
in Massachusetts. The 40-year-old
outlasted U.S. Junior runner-up Chelso
Barrett, recent Massachusetts Amateur
champ Ryan Riley and Peter William-
son, all of whom finished at 1-under-
par 212 to force the playoff.
Gilmartin, who also won in 2004,
came into the final round with a three-
shot lead but struggled to a closing 75
to finish at 1 under. Williamson birdied
No. 17 for a 72, Barrett had 71 and Riley
tied the low round of the day with a 70
to all catch Gilmartin.
On the first playoff hole, Gilmartin
made a 17-footer from the fringe for
birdie. Williamson missed his birdie bid
from 20 feet, Riley then missed from
eight feet, but Barrett dropped his five-
foot birdie to extend the playoff. Gilmar-
tin ended it on the second playoff hole
when his 12-foot birdie putt found the
bottom of the cup. “I didn’t make any
putts until it counted,” said Gilmartin.
The first two rounds were played at
Charles River Country Club and Dedham
Country & Polo Club. The final round is
always played at Woodland Golf Club,
Francis Ouimet’s home course.
Mike Cole, of Gannon Golf Club, bird-
ied three of the first four holes to grab the
lead in the Eddie Lowery Senior Division
and held on for a four-shot victory over
defending senior champ Jack Kearney.
Megan Khang hit 16 greens en route to a
71 and victory in the one-round women’s
division. It was the first time anyone had
broken par in this competition.
LEWIS COMMITS TO WESTERN AM
Open Championship darling Tom
Lewis will play in the Western Amateur
in suburban Chicago this week, raising
more than a few eyebrows in his native
England. Lewis has suggested that his
entry is intended to provide inspiration
to the GB&I Walker Cup squad, but his
failure to play in an important conti-
nental amateur event, the European
Amateur Championship in Sweden,
was somewhat controversial in the UK
Walker Cup Watch: First Four Named
Peter Uihlein Patrick Cantlay
The first four team members for
the Walker Cup have been announced
by the USGA. Patrick Cantlay, Peter
Uihlein, Harris English and Russell
Henley were informed of their selec-
tion Saturday night. Comments made
by USGA President Jim Hyler suggest
that the rest of the team will be an-
nounced later this month.
Patrick Rodgers may well have
played his way onto the Walker Cup
team last week, and Chris Williams is
making a late run for consideration.
To go along with his Porter Cup win,
Rodgers has top-five performances at
the Northeast Amateur and the Play-
ers Amateur. Williams won his second
important amateur event of the sum-
mer, the Pacific Coast Amateur, after
winning the Sahalee Players Champi-
onship earlier this summer.
and in R&A circles.
Lewis will join the top four players in
the world – Patrick Cantlay, Peter
Uihlein, Jordan Spieth and Harris Eng-
lish – in this long awaited showdown of
the world’s best amateurs.
JACKSON CLAIMS LOW AM HONORS
Thirty amateurs teed it up at
Inverness Club for the U.S. Senior Open,
but just one made the cut: two-time U.S.
Mid-Am champion Tim Jackson, who
claimed low amateur honors for the third
consecutive year, tying a record previ-
ously owned exclusively by Vinny Giles.
Reigning U.S. Senior Amateur
champion Paul Simson shot 152 to miss
the cut by eight, while last week’s low
amateur at the Senior Open Cham-
pionship, Randy Haag, struggled to a
SPEITH CLIMBS TO NO. 3 IN WAGR
Jordan Spieth ended his junior career
with a victory in the U.S. Junior Amateur
Championship. Spieth defeated Chelso
Barrett, 6 and 5, to claim his second U.S.
Junior victory in three years. The win
takes Spieth to No. 3 on the World Ama-
teur Golf Ranking behind Peter Uihlein
and No. 1 Patrick Cantlay.
Robert Karlsson, of Sweden, made
a dramatic improvement on this week’s
ranking following an outstanding per-
formance in the Nordea Masters on the
European Tour. Karlsson, no relation to
his Ryder Cup namesake, finished T24,
consequently moving up 22 places to No.
35. Daan Huizing, of the Netherlands,
captured the German Invitational Ama-
teur Championship and moved 15 places
to No. 53.
RODGERS WINS CAMPBELL AWARD
Porter Cup champion Patrick
Rodgers won the William C. Campbell
Award. Established in 2003, the award
is presented annually to the individual
who records the low aggregate score
in the Northeast Amateur, the Players
Amateur and the Porter Cup.
Campbell is an eight-time United
States Walker Cup team member and
former captain. He is one of only three
individuals to have been president of
the USGA and captain of the Royal &
Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews. Dur-
ing his outstanding amateur career,
Campbell participated in 15 U.S. Opens,
18 Masters and 37 U.S. Amateurs. He
won the U.S. Amateur in 1964.
KELPIN WINS REVIVED NORTHERN AM
University of Iowa senior Barrett Kel-
pin emerged from a three-way tie after
36 holes to claim the Northern Ama-
teur title at Sand Creek Country Club in
Indiana. Kelpin shot 10-under-par 205
to win by a shot over Vince India, Jordan
Mclaurin and Richy Werenski.
The Northern Amateur, founded
in 1967 by Chicago area amateur Ace
Ellis, was played until 2001 when it
was discontinued. Sand Creek and the
Northern Indiana Junior Golf Associa-
tion revived it this year and hope to con-
duct the tournament annually.
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