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Woods, Deuel qualify for B.C. Open Miraculous shots propel each in playoff
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ENDICOTT -- First there was the 75-foot birdie putt from Jim Woods. Then, two holes later, an amazing wedge shot by Mike Deuel turned a possible bogey into a birdie.
And with that, a little extra local flavor was added to the B.C. Open.
Woods and Deuel, both of Endicott, earned the two berths available Thursday at the Central New York PGA B.C. Open Section Qualifier at En-Joie Golf Club.
The pair will be joined by 2002 CNYPGA Section champion Trey Walewski of Kanon Valley Country Club in Oneida in the $3 million B.C. Open, to be held July 17-20 at En-Joie Golf Club.
Woods, the director of instruction at Conklin Sports Park, and Deuel, assistant professional at Binghamton Country Club, earned their B.C. Open spots in a three-man playoff that included Sean Dadey of the Country Club of Ithaca.
And they did so in dramatic fashion.
The trio, all shooting 2-under 70s on a sweltering day, began the playoff on the par-3 17th hole.
Only Woods found the green, his 8-iron shot on the 168-yard hole landing on the front of the green, 75 feet away from the hole. Dadey was just off the green left, about 25 feet away, while Deuel was in the left rough, facing a delicate uphill chip with little green to work with.
Woods, with a three-putt very possible, calmly stroked his putt up the ridge, then watched it slowly roll downhill into the center of the cup for a birdie, prompting an emphatic fist pump.
"As soon as it got over the ridge, it hit the line exactly the way I saw it and the speed was good," Woods said. "I hit that putt perfectly solid.
"It's the biggest putt I've ever made, and obviously it was a great time to do it."
Deuel and Dadey each made par, with Deuel hitting a fine chip that landed in the rough and hopped onto the green within a couple of feet of the hole.
Both parred the 18th hole as well, both missing birdie putts from just inside 18 feet.
On the third playoff hole, the par-4 first hole, it appeared Dadey was in good position to take the second B.C. Open spot when Deuel hit his drive left into the trees, about 100 yards from the green.
With seemingly no shot at the green, Deuel hit a 52-degree wedge shot that clipped a few branches before landing on the green, about 9 feet from the hole.
Dadey followed with a skulled wedge shot that flew more than 20 yards over the green. He hit a nice chip to within 8 feet, but Deuel sank the birdie putt to secure the spot.
"I couldn't go low with the pond (in front), I took it and tried to cut it in there," Deuel said of his approach shot on No. 1. "I got lucky and pulled it off."
This will be the second B.C. Open appearances for both players.
Deuel made the cut last year in his first appearance -- in large part due to a second-round 69 that included three birdies on his last four holes -- before finishing in 82nd and last place.
Woods' prior B.C. Open came in 1999, where he missed the cut. He had made the B.C. Open field at the Monday Qualifier at Heritage Country Club.
Finishing a shot out of the playoff Wednesday was Tioga Country Club professional Tom Stone, who rallied for a 1-under 71 with a 3-under 32 on the back nine. Jay Turcsik of Corning Country Club was fifth out of 19 players with a 1-over 73.
Deuel had five birdies and three bogeys in his round, his biggest birdie coming on the 18th hole when he sank a 12-footer to get into the playoff, the birdie following a bogey on the 17th hole.
"I looked over at the scoreboard and someone motioned to me that there were two people at 2-under," Deuel said. "I had just made a horrible bogey on 17, but (No. 18) has been awfully good to me, and I finally made a putt."
Woods overcame a double bogey on the par-3 fourth hole, the result of a pulled 6-iron into the pond, with three straight birdies on holes 6-8.
He parred his last 10 holes, including a key six-foot par putt on the par-4 15th hole after mishitting his approach shot.
Central N.Y. pros ready for big day
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Central New York PGA professionals Jim Woods, top, and Mike Deuel, both of Endicott, will get a taste of PGA Tour life this week by competing in the B.C. Open. For each, it will be his second time playing the B.C., and they had opposite-end results.
Mike Deuel wouldn't mind a repeat performance of his first B.C. Open appearance. Jim Woods, on the other hand, would like a far different result.
Both players will get their chances this week. The pair qualified last month in a Central New York PGA sectional event at En-Joie Golf Club for berths in this week's B.C. Open.
Trey Walewski of Auburn rounds out the Central New York contingent. He's the head professional at Kanon Valley Country Club in Oneida, and gets into the B.C. by virtue of winning last year's CNYPGA Championship at Seven Oaks Golf Club in Hamilton.
Deuel, an Apalachin native and Endicott resident who is the assistant pro at Binghamton Country Club, pulled off a rare feat for club professionals at last year's B.C. Open.
He made the cut.
Birdieing three of his last four holes -- the last a 52-foot putt on the 18th hole -- Deuel shot a second-round 2-under-par 70 to qualify for weekend play by one shot at 2-under 142.
In recent years, he's only the second Central New York PGA member to have made the cut in the B.C.
After opening with rounds of 72-69, Deuel finished with rounds of 75-73, wound up 82nd and last, and won $3,696.
"It's going to be hard to top the theatrics of last year," said Deuel, 34. "But we're going to try.
"I'll feel slightly more confident this year, but I'll still be nervous as heck out there."
Deuel believes the fact he qualified close to the B.C. Open will help him. Last year's CNYPGA B.C. Open qualifier came more than a month before the tournament.
"It seemed like last year I had a lot more time to think about it," Deuel said. "It seemed like every day some members would come in and wish me luck, so it kept building and building.
"This year, I don't have as much time to get as nervous."
Woods, 30, an Endicott resident who is the director of golf instruction at Conklin Sports Park, would like to forget his performance in his previous B.C. Open appearance in 1999.
That year, he shot rounds of 87 and 82 and missed the cut by 25 shots.
"The first time was a circus for me," Woods said. "All the big names were here and I didn't know what the (heck) to do.
"I'm a lot more prepared this year, I know what to expect."
Woods is playing well. He qualified last month for the New York State Open and he reached the U.S. Open sectional qualifier.
"I've been really working on my game, and I've been playing (En-Joie), where I'm a member, every day and that gets your game in shape. You have to hit it straight and hit it long and make your putts."
While Deuel and Woods are making their second B.C. Open trips, Walewski will be teeing it up in a PGA Tour event for the first time.
Walewski, 36, who played a handful of Ben Hogan Tour events (the PGA Tour's secondary tour is now known as the Nationwide Tour) in the late 1980s and early 1990s, is excited about his opportunity.
He's going in with a carefree attitude in an effort to combat any nerves.
"It's going to be fun, and I'm going in with the attitude that I have nothing to lose," Walewski said. "A lot of these (club pros) go down expecting to make the cut, but I have no pressure."
Walewski, who played collegiately at the University of North Florida, doesn't often get the opportunity to qualify for the B.C. Open since it usually falls on the same weekend as Kanon Valley's member-guest tournament.
However, the club changed its dates for the first time in about 30 years so Walewski could give the B.C. a try.
"They have been great to me," Walewski said of the people at Kanon Valley CC. "My job has always come first, and I never wanted to put the club in a bad situation."
Second-round 75 will leave Deuel out of weekend play
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ENDICOTT -- There would be no second-round charge for Mike Deuel this time.
Deuel, an assistant professional at Binghamton Country Club, shot a 3-over 75 Friday at the B.C. Open, leaving him at 5-over 149 for 36 holes, well short of the cut, which will likely be 3-under.
Jim Woods, director of golf instruction at Conklin Sports Park, will also miss the cut. He finished at 8-over 152 after shooting a second-round 74.
Last year in the second round, Deuel birdied three of his last four holes -- including a 52-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole -- to shoot a 69 to make the cut by a shot.
"I didn't hit it very good for two days, plain and simple," Deuel said. "I didn't hit enough fairways, and the few I did, I hit bad iron shots.
"I just played bad over two days, I got what I deserved."
Deuel still felt he had an outside chance to make the cut after shooting a 2-over 74 on Thursday.
But an early bogey on the par-4 second hole killed any chances of building momentum.
"I had to play 6-under the last 16 holes, and realistically the way I had it, it was a real big stretch," Deuel said.
Woods, like Deuel, was playing in his second B.C. Open.
Unlike Deuel, Woods' hopes of making the cut were pretty much over on Thursday.
After making the turn at 1-under in Thursday's first round, Woods had a triple bogey and five bogeys in a second-nine 44 that left him with a 6-over 78.
Woods' round of 74 Friday consisted of two birdies and four bogeys.
Woods' 2003 performance was far better than in his first try in 1999.
That year, Woods shot a 25-over 169 for two days to miss the cut by 25 shots.
Course ripe for record scoring
Soft greens put record of 22-under in jeopardy
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ENDICOTT -- Firm fairways, ultra-receptive, pleasantly putt-able greens and favorable weather await the field of 151 professionals who tee off today in quest of the $540,000 champion's cut of the $3 million B.C. Open purse.
Record numbers, anyone?
"I think the course itself is playing firm, except the greens are really, really soft and slow," said Jay Delsing, former course record holder who will make his 17th B.C. Open start. "So, I think it'll lead to some really low scores."
"You've got to be pretty precise with your irons and if the greens are soft, obviously you're going to have more birdie opportunities," said Shaun Micheel, who made his share last year on his way to a tie for third place.
Just maybe, the golf course could be vulnerable to yielding something akin to the tournament-record 22-under-par totals matched by Jeff Sluman and Paul Gow in the 2001 event. Sluman won that year in a playoff.
Too, if the recent pattern holds, the paying customer would be wise to stick around until the very end Sunday afternoon. Three of the last seven B.C. Opens have required a playoff to determine the winner, and over the last 10 years, five other tournaments were decided by a single-stroke margin.
The defending champion is Robert Lynn "Spike" McRoy, who charged from seven down on the final day with a 7-under-par 65 to capture his first PGA Tour victory. He became the 12th player to make En-Joie the site of his first tour championship.
McRoy is scheduled to start defense of his title at 7:42 a.m. in a threesome including David Gossett and Robert Damron-- PGA Tour winners, one and all.
McRoy is one of nine B.C. champions in the field.
While there are no current-year PGA Tour winners in the field, 50-year-old Craig Stadler is a most recent winner.
Stadler won just four days ago, claiming the Ford Seniors Player Championship in Dearborn, Mich. Stadler, making his fourth seniors start, won $375,000 for his first Champions Tour victory.
The only player to win on both tours in the same year was Ray Floyd (1992), according to a tour official.
Two B.C. groups that figure to attract opening-day spectators aplenty will be first and second, respectively, off the first tee.
Bill Glasson, 1988 B.C. Open champion, is scheduled to start at 7:15 with Robert Gamez, two-time tour winner who stands 29th on the 2003 earnings list. Next off will be former champions Joey Sindelar of Horseheads (1985, '87) and Blaine McCallister ('93), along with Grant Waite.
Sindelar is one of five New Yorkers to have captured the B.C. Open title in the tournament's 30-year tour history. That group also includes Jeff Sluman, Mike Hulbert, Wayne Levi and Endicott native Richie Karl. Levi, who makes his living these days on the Champions Tour, will make his 26th B.C. start today.
Seven of Sindelar's last 12 tour rounds have brought sub-70 scores, and he earned a career-best $340,000 for his third-place finish in last month's Buick Classic at Westchester Country Club.
Players spoke favorably of the condition of the golf course, with at least one first-time tourney competitor finding it far better than advertised.
"Fantastic," said John Morgan, a tour rookie from England. He made eight birdies in a bogey-free practice round Tuesday.
"It's weird. I'd heard some mixed feelings about it. I'd never seen the course before and I was told maybe it wasn't up to the standard of other golf courses. But I must admit, I was very pleased with the golf course. The rough isn't very thick but it's adequate. Greens are lovely. I think it's a fantastic golf course."
Making his second B.C. Open start will be Ty Tryon, 19-year-old grandson of three-time New York State Men's Amateur champion Bill Tryon of Elmira. Ty was first-round co-leader as an amateur in 2001.
"I can't believe it was only two years ago," Tryon said. "The memories are pretty good, I like the golf course. I'm swinging pretty well, I'm just looking forward to a good week, hoping everything clicks together (today)."
Just what will be required of the player destined for the top of this year's lot?
"Basically what is required to play well here is all of the pieces of your game have to be going and then you just have to maintain the confidence," said 45-year-old David Ogrin, tour veteran who has two top-10 B.C. Open finishes in the last 10 years.
Delsing added, "It's a bomber's game, period, now. We've got golfers who are fitness fanatics now, they're lifting weights, they're physically fit, they look like athletes. When you put that sort of game together with as long as the ball is going now ... You can take a driver and drive it well around here and you can knock this course down to nothing. It still doesn't overcome good putting, but it's important anymore.
"It's somebody who's going to have that wonderful combination of putting the ball in the fairway and putting very well. You're not going to win without putting well."
Said 55-year-old Ed Dougherty, who, with a week off on the Champions Tour will play in his 21st B.C. Open:"These kids hit it so much farther than we did when we were in our prime. You can hit it far but if you don't hit it straight here, you're going to pay the price.
"I think every one of these guys on tour now can be a winner. It's not like you have 10 guys who can win or 25 guys who can win. I think whoever is teeing it up is playing to win. I just think the fields are a lot stronger."
Micheel threatened to run away with last year's B.C. Open title. Through 54 holes, he stood 19 under par, led second-place Paul Gow by three and the rest of the field by six or more.
However, Micheel closed a final round of 2-over 74 with consecutive bogeys and finished in a share of third, two back of McRoy.
"It's kind of a bittersweet return," said Micheel, who remains in search of his first tour victory. "Last year was certainly a disappointment, but it happens. You either get over it or you don't. I'm pretty much over it.
"My last round really came down to the last two holes. If I remember correctly, I was in between clubs a lot and I was not as comfortable, that's the situation I was in. The putts I was making Thursday through Saturday, they weren't going in Sunday.
"I played about as well as I can play the first three days. At least I have that thought process."
Endicott resident Jim Woods, who earned his second B.C. Open start via the Central New York PGA section qualifier last month, feels far more comfortable this week than he did when he first made it into the field in 1997.
"This is what I've worked for in the last year," Woods said. "I'm trying to really do it, just put the blinders on and go. There are so many people out there telling you not to. ... I was here one other time, but it was more or less getting thrown in with the wolves. Now, it's one shot at a time, hit the shots, make the putts and add them up at the end."
Another area pro in the event is Binghamton Country Club pro Mike Deuel, who made the cut and finished 82nd and last a year ago, still earning $3,696.
While the minds of all in the B.C. Open field will be foremost on the business at hand at En-Joie, most figure to be monitoring the proceedings at Royal St. George's at Sandwich, England, site of the British Open.
This year is the fourth that the tournaments have shared space on the golf calender.
"We keep a big eye on it. Most golfers are also golf fans, I know I'm a golf fan," Ogrin said. "A few weeks ago, I watched Annika (Sorenstam) play almost every shot for two rounds, which was a lot of fun. I watched a lot of the U.S. Open, a lot of the Masters and I'll certainly watch a lot of the British Open."
Delsing said, "I love the British because it's such a cool way to play golf. I personally pay a lot of attention to it. I just like it because the golf is so interesting and the courses are so different. They're not the longest courses you've ever played but the wind blows and there's rain and all that. It's a lot of fun."
When it comes to En-Joie, it's a game of familiarity
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It's too great a chore to determine the university that has sent the most golfers to the B.C. Open.
Turning the question to a high school instead, it's no contest. Union-Endicott is the leader in the clubhouse until a challenge is heard. There have been 13 U-E alumni making a combined 84 appearances. Include the tourney's 1971 and '72 forerunners, and the numbers become 16 players and 93 appearances: Karl 27; Joe Tesori 16; Bill Galloway 14; Tony Saraceno 13; Kevin Savage 4; Jim Mrva 3; Mike George 3; Tom Fontana, Joe Loposky, Tim Marsh and Mike Jaros Jr., two each, and Bill Dennis, Dan Tzivanis, Mike Karl, Bernie Herceg, and Jim Woods one apiece.
Don't ask about cuts survived in the main event for those players: Other than Karl, that group is 2-for-59.
More gracious hosts than any of them felt obliged.
2 Area Golfers Closer to U.S. Open Berth
Jim Woods of Endicott and Wade Mignerey of Port Crane are headed to a U.S. Open sectional qualifier next month in Purchase.
Woods and Mignerey both shot 2-under 70s to share medalist honors at a local qualifier Thursday at the Country Club of Scranton golf course.
Qualifiers from the section qualifier on June 3 will compete in the U.S. Open to be held June 12-15 at Olympia Fields CC in Illinois.
Woods, head professional at Conklin Players Club, had five birdies and three bogeys in his round. He finished with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 18th hole after reaching the green in two.
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Three Grab U.S. Open Local Qualifying Spots
For Immediate release……..May 15, 2003
Clarks Summit, Pa-
Three professionals posted two under par rounds of 70 here today to capture the three local qualifying spots for the 103rd U.S. Open Golf Championship. Wade Mignerey and Jim Woods, both from New York will join Andy Latowski, of Pittsburgh in advancing to Sectional qualifying in hopes of gaining one of 156 spots in the final field of this year’s Open. In all, 750 players advanced out of local qualifying from a starting field of over 7500 entrants. Sectional qualifying will be played June 2 and 3rd at twelve sites throughout the country over 36 holes.
For all three players, it is their first advancement out of local qualifying for this Open Championship.
Mignerey, who’s day job is working with his father carrying cinder blocks and driving a fork lifts outside of Bingamton, NY, started out the day putting like a bricklayer. He bogied three of the first five holes but birdied five of his last ten enroute to a back nine 33, four under par.
“It just took me a while to get settled in”, said the broad shouldered left-hander. “I only hit three fairways all day and birdied all of those holes”, he said with a grin.
Woods, out of Endicott, NY, made five birdies on his round in posting bookend nines of 35. Latkowski, a recent graduate of Penn State and who spent the winter in Las Vegas, matched Woods nines of 35-35 enroute to his round of 70.
Three players came up a shot short with one under par 71’s. David Kwon of Palisades Park, NJ. Grabbed the first alternate spot on a three-way playoff with David Fields, a former assistant pro at Scranton and Stu Ingraham of Philadelphia. Fields prevailed over Ingraham in a seven-hole sudden death playoff to take second alternate while amateur Art Brunn, Jr. (72) grabbed the fourth alternate spot over local favorite Tim Burns (72), also an amateur, when Burns failed to show up for the playoff.
Forty-two players entered the local qualifying tournament of which 20 were professionals. Amateurs had to have a USGA handicap index of 1.4 or lower to be eligible.
2003 US Open Local Qualifying Scores
C.C. of Scranton
May 15, 2003
*Wade Mignerey, Port Crane, N.Y., 37-33--70
*Andy Latowski, Las Vegas, Nev., 35-35--70
*Jim Woods, Endicott, N.Y., 35-35--70
David Kwon, Palisades Park, N.J., 33-38--71
David Fields, Whitehall, Pa., 35-36--71
Stu Ingraham, Bryn Mawr, Pa., 36-35--71
Arthur Brunn Jr, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., 34-38--72
Timothy Burns, Waverly, Pa., 35-37--72
Eric Williams, Honesdale, Pa., 36-37--73
Kevin Savage, Syracuse, N.Y., 38-35--73
Josh Cupp, Rome, N.Y., 37-36--73
Tier duo fails to qualify for Open cut
Jim Woods of Endicott and Wade Mignerey of Port Crane both fell short Tuesday in a U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier held at Old Oaks Country Club and Century Country Club in Purchase.
Woods finished with a 36-hole total of 149, seven shots behind Cortney Brisson of Wallace, N.C., who earned the fourth and final U.S. Open spot out of the 72 players in the section by winning a playoff with PGA Tour pro J.J. Henry.
Mignerey finished with a 169 total, shooting a 90 in his second round.
The U.S. Open will be held June 12-15 at Olympia Field Country Club in Olympia Fields, Ill.
Woods was in contention for one of the four spots after opening with a 72, but he shot 79 in his second round.
Fredrik Jacobson of Sweden earned medalist honors with a 138 total.
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Four Golfers Advance to U.S. Open Championship
PURCHASE, NY… Fredrik Jacobson of Kungsbacka GC in Sweden finished with an impressive 3 under par 138, to claim medallist honors at the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying Round held on Tuesday, June 3 at Old Oaks CC and Century CC, both in Purchase, NY. Jacobson led a field of 72 golfers vying for four spots in the U.S. Open Championship at Olympia Fields’ North Course in Olympia Fields, Ill on June 12-15.
Jacobson, who currently ranks 13th on the European PGA tour fired an opening round, 2-under par 68 at Old Oaks and followed with a one under par 70 at Century CC in the afternoon. “You should give the medal to my caddie, he did all the work,” Jacobson quipped. A two-time winner this year on the European Tour, Jacobson has won this year’s Hong Kong Open and the Portuguese Open. “I got in yesterday afternoon and was able to do a little chipping and putting. I got a great look at the course and was ready this morning.”
Jacobson was two shots better than the second and third qualifiers, Geoffrey Sisk (73-67) of Royal Latham & St. Annes and John Maginnes of Greensborough, NC (72-68), who both shot 140 for the two rounds.
The final spot went to Cortney Brisson of River Landing CC (NC) who won his trip to the Open in a playoff with Met Area native J.J. Henry (72-70) of Mira Vista GC. Both players parred the first hole at Old Oaks but when Henry’s tee shot on the second hole went out of bounds he was forced to play a provisional ball and take a six while Brisson took a routine par.
The field of 72 competitors played a round at each of the two spectacular Westchester County layouts. Complete results are attached. For more information contact Ryan McKenna of the MGA at (914) 347-GOLF.
U.S. Open Championship
- Sectional Qualifying Round -
Century CC & Old Oaks CC
June 3, 2003
- Qualifiers -
Cortney BrissonRiver Landing7270 142*
- Alternates -
1JJ HenryMira Vista7270142
* Qualified with par on the second hole of a playoff
(a) denotes amateur
(blue typeface denotes scores at Old Oaks CC)
- Failed To Qualify -
Scott DunlapAtlanta Athletic Club7471145
Chris CongdonLebaron Hills7471145
Mark SchaareKnob Hill7572147
Jerry Courville, Jr. (a)Shorehaven7671147
Josh HillmanThe Kittansett7671147
Andrew Svoboda (a)Winged Foot7573148
Brian LambertiBranton Woods7771148
Rob CorcoranEllington Ridge7376149
George Marucci Jr (a)Pine Valley7376149
Jeff SeaveySamoset Resort7376149
Dick Smith JrWoodcrest7673149
Eugene SmithGlen Ridge7871149
Justin Goodhue (a)Glastonbury Hills7476150
Raymond Floyd Jr (a)Deepdale7674150
Shawn BakerMill River7674150
Duke Delcher (a)Berkeley Hall7773150
George Zahringer III (a)Deepdale7773150
2 Tier men qualify for State Open
BY STAFF REPORTS
Jim Woods of Endicott and Wade Mignerey of Port Crane earned spots in next month's New York State Open in an 18-hole qualifier Tuesday at Grossingers in East Liberty.
Woods' round of 1-over-par 72 and Mignerey's 73 earned them berths in the State Open to be played July 22-24 on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, site of last year's United States Open.
"Par-70 and 7,300 yards -- all the golf course you could want," Woods said of the venue for the tournament proper, where he'll make his State Open debut.
Woods, 30-year-old director of golf instruction at Conklin Sports Park, approached to one foot for birdie on the par-4 second hole in a 1-under trip through the front side where he hit every green in regulation.
He made double bogey on the 12th, saved par on the 17th with a 40-foot putt from just off the green, and punctuated his round by punching from trees to eight feet and holing that for birdie on the last.
Woods and Mignerey both passed through last month's local qualifying for the U.S. Open, but fell short in sectional qualifying.
New York State Open Qualifying
Tuesday June 17, 2003
Mark Balen 68
Robert Deruntz 69
Mike Downey 71
Frank Graziosa 71
Mal Galletta III 71
Noah Zelnik 72
Adam McDaid 72
James Woods 72
Dan Gabel 72
Al Rabil 72
John Stoltz 72
Ralph Garofano 73
Grant Turner 73
Brian Lamberti 73
Billy Ashford 73
Heath Wassem 73
Terence Hughes 73
Wade Mignerey 73
Jeff Phieffer 74