It will not be hard to remember the 2009 Open season at both Bethpage and Hillcrest, as a Lucas and a Luke made history in each event. Congratulations to both Lucas Glover and our own Luke Tanner for their thrilling finishes in the U.S. Open and the Coca-Cola of Durango Navajo Trail Open, respectively. As Glover was waiting for his chance to overtake Ricky Barnes in Farmingdale, N.Y., Tanner made two-fold history in his overall win at the NTO on Sunday afternoon. The first amateur to win the NTO in the nearly 50-year history of the event eclipsed the previous 54-hole record of 10-under 203 with an 11-under 202. My only thoughts are why we could not have hosted the U.S. Open in Durango - the weather was absolutely beautiful, and NBC could have mounted aerial cameras on Missionary and Raider Ridges, Smelter and the La Platas to give a 360-degree panoramic view.
No brainer, don't you think? I'll suggest this in my e-mail to the United States Golf Association, along with my complaint about not letting day-pass spectators back into the Black course after sessions were canceled because of too much rain.
What I will give you is detailed results of last Thursday's Pro-Am, which always sets the pace for the 54-hole Open the next three days.
And, did I say, the weather was absolutely beautiful compared to Long Island! Team-wise, the Pro-Am did not disappoint as pro Pat Grady's team of Ray Byrne, Trip Frasca and Jubal Lamb came in first with a score of 125. Pro Bobby Pancratz's team of John Marthaller, Daryl Gruenwald and Richard Hudson finished one shot back with a 126.
Pro Gregg Jones's team of Zack Zaremba, Mary Kay Aigner and Jason Goodwin carded a 127 for third place, while the team of pro Tom Storey and teammates Paul Gagnon, Ronnie Luna and Ron Cuthbert finished fourth overall with a score of 128. There was a three-way tie for fifth place as the team of pro Micah Rudosky and Mike Balster, Elroy Garcia and Rick Macewen, along with the team of pro Brett Viboch and teammates Bill Burns, David Martinez and Pete Staley tied the team of pro Eric Winder and Gary Custer, Donald Crumm and Dale Flynn with identical scores of 129.
The team of pro Jeremy Lederer and teammates Ben Curtis, David Peterson and John Ball tied the team of pro Michael Baird and teammates Bryan Southards, Cameron Dodd and Kay Rogers with scores of 130 for 8th place. The team of pro Dusty Fielding and teammates Steve Linnemeyer, Alden Foster and Jack Duran, Jr. tied the team of pro Shea Sena and teammates Keenan Holt, Bob Herkenhoff and Ruben Padilla for 10th place with scores of 131.
The team of pro Guy Begay and Michael Howe, Harvey Peel and Gary Wimsatt tied the team of pro Rick Sprouse and teammates Andy Brooks, Darrell Miller and Thurman Wright for 12th place with scores of 132.
The team of pro Jordan Fowles and teammates Paul Onuska, Ken Van Zee and LeRoy Flynn, along with the team of pro Billy Dunson and teammates Ray Robinson, Doug McCormick and Richard Koch tied the team of pro Brandon Poncho and teammates Randy Poncho, Everett Brown and Jerry Clark for 14th place with scores of 133.
Upcoming tournament play includes the Waste Corporation of America Pink Ball Challenge Sunday at Hillcrest, with $500 in added purse money and an entry fee of $35. This also is one of the 10 qualifying tournaments for the Shootout, which will be held at the end of the Hillcrest Golf Club tournament season Oct. 3. The final entry deadline is Wednesday.
Dalton Ranch Golf Club has a full plate of tournament play this week with Wednesday's Columbine Classic having a 9 a.m. shotgun start.
Always popular, The Choker will be played Saturday, preceded by the Calcutta at the DRGC Pavilion on Friday starting at 6:30 p.m. Check with the Dalton Ranch Golf Club pro shop for more information.