Golf notes: Mike Small earns spot in PGA Championship
By Rick Armstrong firstname.lastname@example.org June 27, 2013 6:32PM
Updated: July 30, 2013 8:37AM
Mike Small was in the hunt Wednesday but came up short in the fourth round of the 46th PGA Professional National Championship.
The University of Illinois golf coach and Aurora native finished in a four-way tie for fourth at 4-under-par 283 in the 72-hole event, which he has won three times. It was played at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore.
Small’s top-20 finish earns him a spot in next month’s PGA Championship, where he’ll go head to head with touring pros in the season’s fourth major Aug. 5 to 11 at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.
Travis Johns, a pro at Medinah Country Club who lives in Oswego, and St. Charles Country Club pro Curtis Malm of Aurora missed the cut.
The field of 312 PGA professionals was narrowed to the top 70 and ties for the final 36 holes. Johns shot 76-70—146 and Malm 71-76—147. The cut was 145.
Small, who opened with rounds of 69 and 70, shot even-par 72 in the third round and started the final 18 holes tied for fifth at 4-under-par 211. He birdied four holes on the front nine to pull to within a shot of the lead but missed the fairway on No. 9 and settled for bogey. He had another bogey on 14 and double-bogeyed 18 to finish with another 72.
Small also earned a spot on the American 10-man team for the 26th PGA Cup, a Ryder Cup-type event that will be played Sept. 20 to 22 in Northumberland, England.
The U.S. team will meet a team of pros from England and Ireland.
Women’s state amateur
Waubonsie Valley High School junior Bing Singhsumalee of Naperville tied Northwestern sophomore and defending champ Elizabeth Szokol for medalist honors in Tuesday’s qualifying round of the Illinois State Women’s Amateur.
Both shot 73s at Cantigny in Wheaton to lead the 32-woman Championship Flight that moved on to match play Wednesday. Both then moved on with two wins each. Singhsumalee topped Ciara Rattana 1 up in the opening round and then topped Melissa VanSistine of Caledonia and Lewis University 4 and 3.
Play continued in the seven flights of the event through Friday.
Area players advancing Wednesday included Hampshire sisters Connie Ellett (first flight) and Taylor Ellett (second flight), Streamwood’s Danielle Coffman and St. Charles’ Ariana Furrie (third flight), Naperville’s Marisa Miko (fourth flight), and Gianna Furrie of St. Charles and Carolyn Wong of Naperville (fifth flight).
State Am qualifiers
Several area players qualified for the upcoming State Amateur at recent qualifying tournaments. The State Am will be held July 16 to 18 at Aldeen Golf Course in Rockford.
At Marengo Ridge, Kyle Matkaitis of Oak Lawn and Greg Bauman of Crystal Lake tied for medalist honors at 70. University of Wisconsin golfer Thomas O’Bryan of Aurora shot 72 and tied for fifth with Brian Spike of Streamwood. They were among 11 golfers who will advance. The group also included Lee Kolquist of Geneva, who tied for 10th with a 73.
At Sanctuary Golf Course, Matt Patterson of Naperville shot a 74 to tie for eighth place and was among the 13 golfers who qualified.
At Prairie View Golf Club, Matt Daly of St. Charles was one of three golfers who tied for medalist honors with an even-par 72.
At Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club, 16 golfers advanced, including Mike Sterling of Elgin and Mike Brierley of Huntley, who both shot 2-over-par 72s and tied for third. Michael Doherty of Lisle also advanced, shooting 74 and tying for 12th.
AJGA event at Mistwood
Daniel Wetterich of Cincinnati edged Hinsdale’s Brendan O’Reilly in a one-hole playoff after both tied for first at 1-under 215 in the 54-hole event held last week.
Jason Marrs (Waubonsie Valley) of Aurora was 50th at 251, John Stolte of Geneva was 55th at 245, and Michael Doherty of Lisle finished 67th at 254.
Maria Vesga, of Piedecuesta, Colombia, claimed a seven-stroke victory in the girls division, shooting 218. Bing Singhsumalee of Naperville tied for sixth at 228. Megan Furtney of South Elgin was 13th at 232 and Taylor Arenson of Naperville was 19th at 242.
Dennis Egan of Geneva recently shot a hole-in-one at the ninth hole at Fox Valley Golf Course. He used a 3 hybrid on the 170-yard, par 3. The feat was witnessed by Dean Rushin and Kevin Saunders.
Brigham-Novak Gridiron Classic
Registration is open for the 18th annual Brigham-Novak Gridiron Classic golf outing, which benefits the Northern Illinois University football program.
Huskie coaches will be on hand for the event, which will be held July 26 at Glendale Lakes Golf Club in Glendale Heights. Single golf entries are $175, with foursomes discounted to $650. Call (815) 753-1923.
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