John Wright and B.J. Bohne won the Merit
Amateur, a 54-hole, modified Stableford competition hosted by The Merit Club in suburban
Chicago. The winners posted a plus- 16 point
total, seven points ahead of runners-up Chris
Beto and Eric Burch.
Mike Brawley and Russ Fitton teamed to
win the Senior Flight at plus- 3, two points
ahead of the team of Mike Coyle and Brad Bur-ris.
BLOGS MISFIRES ON PETERSON “SNUB”
The golf blogosphere was all aflutter last
week over the apparent snub by the United
States Golf Association of LSU player John
Peterson, who did not make the U.S. Walker Cup
team that travels to Scotland this week to contest the biannual match. Several bloggers seized
on this decision to vent their anti-USGA rhetoric,
but they ignored two inconvenient facts.
First, it was pointed out that Peterson
finished second in a Nationwide Tour event.
The facts are deeper. He led for three rounds,
and finished second when Harris English went
flying by him in the final round to capture the
title. English did make the Walker Cup team.
Additionally, it was never pointed out
that Peterson chose to sit out the summer’s
John Peterson was left off
the U.S. Walker Cup squad.
second-most important amateur event, the
Western Amateur, played just weeks before
the final selections were to be made. With the
deepest field assembled all summer long, and
with Captain Jim Holtgrieve and International
team selection head Steve Smyers in attendance, Peterson was nowhere to be found.
AMATEUR CHAMP KRAFT NO. 13 IN WAGR
U.S. Amateur Champion Kelly Kraft moved
up 34 spots in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, to No. 13, following his surprising win at
Erin Hills. England’s Jack Senior, who advanced to the quarterfinals, rose eight spots to
No. 12, while American Jordan Russell moved
up 18 spots to No. 18 after losing to Patrick
Cantlay in the semifinals.
Cantlay, who maintains a solid lead in the
rankings, was named the fifth recipient of the
Mark H. McCormack Medal as the leading player
in the WAGR at the culmination of the 2011
amateur summer season. Cantlay’s runner-up
finish in the U.S. Amateur at Erin Hills affirmed
his spot at the top of the WAGR, a position he
has held for 13 weeks. Cantlay will be presented
with the Mark H. McCormack Medal at the
Walker Cup this week.
World Golf Hall of Fame’s
Hole In One Registry.