Jimmy Burch has covered professional golf for the Star-Telegram since 1991. He’s received state and national honors for his writing but fills his own scorecard with more bogeys than birdies when he hits the local links.
Ben Crane, a PGA Tour competitor who lives in Westlake, has pitched the idea of having a Twitter follower serve as his guest caddie during Wednesday’s pro-am at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Crane posted this evening that he is offering the guest caddie opportunity to the person who tweets him back, using the hashtag #caddyforcrane, with the best reason why they should be his guest caddie during Wednesday’s round.
Crane has a 12:20 p.m. tee time for Wednesday’s pro-am.
Former UT Arlington golfers Zach Fischer and Bobby Massa were among the four players who earned berths in Thursday’s opening round at the HP Byron Nelson Championship field during Monday’s open qualifier in Lewisville.
Stephen Gangluff won the qualifier at Castle Hills with a 6-under par 66 and will be joined in the Nelson field by three players who posted rounds of 67: Fischer, Massa and Jason Schultz.
Massa will be making his debut in PGA Tour debut. Fischer will be playing in his third tour event this season. They join Zack Reeves, who competed in the 2012 True South Classic, as the only former UTA golfers to qualify to compete in a PGA Tour event.
Officials at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial have announced a sellout for next week’s Astellas Executive Women’s Day on May 21 of tournament week.
The first-year event, part of a PGA Tour initiative to introduce golf to female decision-makers in business while promoting health and wellness issues, includes a Tuesday breakfast and luncheon during tournament week. CBS Sports reporter Lesley Visser will be the keynote speaker for the lunch, set for 12:30 p.m. on May 21 at Colonial.
Colonial is one of 17 tour stops that will feature an Executive Women’s Day this season. The goal is to expand the initiative to all tour stops by the 2015 season.
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said the plan is to “enhance the tournament experience for women and engage women in a meaningful and productive way in our tournament markets.”
Registration opens Wednesday, May 15 for golfers to participate in the City Junior Championships sponsored by the Fort Worth Junior Golf Association. Participants can register online at www.fwjga.net. Ages 8-18 are eligible to enter.
The girls tournament is July 15-17. The boys tournament is July 22-25. Both events are free to participants.
Last year’s winners were Denton’s Javier Manrique (boys) and Flower Mound’s Hayley Dambold (girls).
The deadline for participants to commit to play in the HP Byron Nelson Championship passed this afternoon and a couple of notable names, John Daly and Ryo Ishikawa, were among the last-minute additions to the field for next week's PGA Tour stop in Irving.
The 2013 Nelson field will feature seven of the top 25 players in the world golf rankings, led by Louis Oosthuizen (No. 7) and Matt Kuchar (No. 11). Below is a look at the full field for next week's event, which begins Thursday at the Four Seasons Resort:
HP Byron Nelson Championship
A list of golfers who have committed to compete in next week’s HP Byron Nelson Championship, May 13-19 in Irving. Commitments became official today:
Stephen Ames, Stuart Appleby, Sang-Moon Bae, Blayne Barber, Ricky Barnes, Charlie Beljan, Jonas Blixt, Jason Bohn, Justin Bolli, Steven Bowditch, Keegan Bradley, Michael Bradley, Angel Cabrera, Chad Campbell, Greg Chalmers, Gary Christian, Will Claxton, Erik Compton, Donald Constable, Ben Crane, Ben Curtis, John Daly, Brian Davis, Jason Day, Graham DeLaet, Chris DiMarco, James Driscoll, Jason Dufner, Ken Duke, Harris English, Bob Estes, Matt Every, Steve Flesch, Martin Flores, Brad Fritsch, Tommy Gainey, Scott Gardiner, Robert Garrigus, Bobby Gates, Brian Gay, Tom Gillis, Fabian Gomez, Andres Gonzales, Jeff Gove, Nathan Green, Luke Guthrie, Paul Haley II, Brian Harman, Padraig Harrington, J.J. Henry, Jim Herman, Tim Herron, Justin Hicks, Charley Hoffman, Morgan Hoffman, Charles Howell III, John Huh, Trevor Immelman, Ryo Ishikawa, Freddie Jacobson, Brandt Jobe, Dustin Johnson, Matt Jones, Robert Karlsson, Martin Kaymer, Jerry Kelly, Colt Knost, Russell Knox, Ben Kohles, Matt Kuchar, Hank Kuehne, Doug LaBelle II, Scott Langley, Steve LeBrun, D.H. Lee, Marc Leishman, Justin Leonard, Michael Letzig, David Lingmerth, Luke List, Bill Lunde, Jeff Maggert, Steve Marino, David Mathis, Troy Matteson, Billy Mayfair, William McGirt, George McNeill, Eric Meierdierks, Bryce Molder, Seung-Yul Noh, Henrik Norlander, Sean O’Hair, Nick O’Hern, Joe Ogilvie, Louis Oosthuizen, Jeff Overton, Greg Owen, Ryan Palmer, Rod Pampling, Jin Park, Jesper Parnevik, Cameron Percy, Pat Perez, Kenny Perry, Tim Petrovic, Scott Piercy, D.A. Points, Ted Porter Jr., Alistair Presnell, Dicky Pride, Ted Purdy, Jeff Quinney, Chez Reavie, Patrick Reed, Brian Ricketts, Tag Ridings, Alexandre Rocha, John Rollins, Andres Romero, Rory Sabbatini, Charl Schwartzel, John Senden, Wes Short, Jr., Marcel Siem, Vijay Singh, Heath Slocum, Jordan Spieth, Shawn Stefani, Darron Stiles, Robert Streb, Chris Stroud, Brian Stuard, Kevin Sutherland, Andrew Svoboda, Vaughn Taylor, Nicholas Thompson, Guan Tianlang, Brendon Todd, Peter Tomasulo, D.J. Trahan, Scott Verplank, Camilo Villegas, Jimmy Walker, Aaron Watkins, Boo Weekley, Mike Weir, Charlie Wi, Lee Williams, Casey Wittenberg, Gary Woodland, Y.E. Yang.
Alternates: Scott McCarron, Matt Bettencourt, Lee Janzen, Joe Durant, Ryuji Imada, Duffy Waldorf, Dean Wilson, Glen Day, Arjun Atwal, Cameron Beckman.
Officials at the HP Byron Nelson Championship will feature seven of the top 25 players in the world golf rankings at next week’s PGA Tour stop in Irving, based on the latest wave of commitments before today’s deadline.
The list includes Dustin Johnson, the No. 19 player in the world rankings who withdrew before Friday’s second round at The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. because of a lower back injury. Johnson, a significant gate attraction and one of the tour’s longest hitters, posted Friday on his Twitter account that he is “hoping to rebound” at the Nelson and still plans to compete in Irving.
Only four players in next week’s field at the Four Seasons Resort rank higher than Johnson in the world rankings: Louis Oosthuizen (No. 7), Matt Kuchar (No. 11), Keegan Bradley (No. 14) and Charl Schwartzel (No. 16). The list of top-25 competitors also includes the past three Nelson winners: defending champ Jason Dufner (No. 20); 2010 champ Jason Day (No. 25), a former Fort Worth resident, and Bradley, the 2011 champ.
Among Friday’s notable additions to the Nelson field were John Daly, Ryo Ishikawa, Stuart Appleby, Camilo Villegas, Chris DiMarco and Ted Purdy, the 2005 Nelson champ. Dropping off the list was Bo Van Pelt, the No. 26 player in the world rankings, as well as Carl Pettersson, Johnson Wagner and Derek Ernst, last week’s winner at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C.
In addition, the 2013 Nelson will feature two notable teenagers: Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old from China who finished as low amateur at the 2013 Masters, and Dallas native Jordan Spieth, 19, who will compete for the first time as a professional in his hometown tour stop. Spieth made his PGA Tour debut at the 2010 Nelson and finished in a tie for 16th while playing as a 16-year-old during his junior year at Jesuit High School.
Notable international players in the Nelson field will be past major champions Trevor Immelman (South Africa), Martin Kaymer (Germany), Padraig Harrington (Ireland) and Angel Cabrera (Argentina).
But the big news is that Johnson, who also withdrew from the 2013 Masters because of his back ailment, still plans to compete in Irving despite withdrawing from The Players after posting a 74 in Thursday’s opening round. In explaining his decision on his Twitter account (@DJohnsonPGA), he wrote: “Felt good working out this morning but something didn’t feel right on the range b4 the round. Hoping to rebound @ the @hpbnc!!”
Kyle Stanley and Ryan Moore, two past winners of the Ben Hogan Award, have joined the field for the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, May 20-26 in Fort Worth. Stanley won the award, given annually in Fort Worth to the top player in college golf, when he played for Clemson in 2009. Moore, a former UNLV player, was honored in 2005.
TCU golfer Julien Brun, a three-time winner of college tournaments this season, has been selected as one of three finalists for the 2013 Ben Hogan Award, given to the nation’s top college golfer.
Brun, a sophomore from Antibes, France who turned heads by winning a 2012 European Challenge Tour event while competing as an amateur, was joined on today’s list of finalists by California’s Michael Kim and Washington’s Chris Williams.
Brun, a semifinalist last year, is the first TCU golfer to be chosen as a Hogan Award finalist by members of the selection committee. He will join Kim and Williams, also semifinalists for last year’s Hogan Award, at the May 20 announcement of the winner in Fort Worth during tournament week activities at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
An All-American and first-team All-Big 12 selection, Brun has posted eight top-10 finishes in 11 college events in the past year, including a runner-up finish at the 2012 NCAA Championships. Selection committee members consider a golfer’s performances in college and amateur events over the past 12 months when voting for the winner.
Brun, who became the sixth amateur to defeat professionals in a European Challenge Tour event at the 2012 Allianz Open Toulouse, is on pace to set the TCU record for lowest season scoring average (70.45). He ranks fourth in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and is third among college players in the Golfstat Cup.
But his fellow finalists also offer lofty credentials.
Kim, a sophomore, is the top-ranked college player in both the Golfstat Cup and the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. He has won four college events this season and was selected Tuesday as the Pac-12 Player of the year. In 12 college tournaments, Kim has yet to finish below 11th in any event this season.
Williams, a senior, is the top-ranked player in both the World Amateur Golf Rankings and the Scratch Players World Rankings. He received the 2012 Mark H. McCormack Medal as the world’s top-ranked amateur and is slated to play in both the 2013 U.S. Open and 2013 British Open. But Williams is winless in 10 college events this season, although he has three runner-up finishes and seven top-10 placements.
Before Brun reached the finals in balloting for the 2013 Hogan Award, the best finish by a TCU golfer had been two semifinals appearances: Brun in 2012 and Adam Rubinson, a Fort Worth Paschal graduate, in 2003.
Officials at the HP Byron Nelson Championship added three notable players to today's commitment list: Westlake resident Ben Crane and two golfers who have won multiple major championships, Padraig Harrington and Angel Cabrera. The last additions came three days before the list of Nelson competitors becomes final for next week's PGA Tour stop in Irving, May 13-19. The commitment deadline is Friday at 5 p.m.
Below is an updated list of confirmed Nelson competitors at this point:
HP Byron Nelson Championship
A list of golfers who have committed to compete in next week’s HP Byron Nelson Championship, May 13-19 in Irving. Commitments are not official until Friday at 5 p.m.:
Stephen Ames, Sang-Moon Bae, Ricky Barnes, Charlie Beljan, Jonas Blixt, Jason Bohn, Justin Bolli, Steven Bowditch, Keegan Bradley, Michael Bradley, Angel Cabrera, Chad Campbell, Roberto Castro, Greg Chalmers, Gary Christian, Will Claxton, Donald Constable, Ben Crane, Brian Davis, Jason Day, Brendon de Jonge, Graham DeLaet, James Driscoll, Jason Dufner, Ken Duke, Harris English, Derek Ernst, Bob Estes, Matt Every, Martin Flores, Brad Fritsch, Tommy Gainey, Scott Gardiner, Robert Garrigus, Bobby Gates, Brian Gay, Fabian Gomez, Andres Gonzales, Jeff Gove, Luke Guthrie, James Hahn, Paul Haley II, Brian Harman, Padraig Harrington, J.J. Henry, Jim Herman, Tim Herron, Justin Hicks, Charley Hoffman, Charles Howell III, John Huh, Trevor Immelman, Freddie Jacobson, Brandt Jobe, Dustin Johnson, Matt Jones, Robert Karlsson, Martin Kaymer, Jerry Kelly, Colt Knost, Jason Kokrak, Matt Kuchar, Hank Kuehne, Doug LaBelle II, Neal Lancaster, Scott Langley, Steve LeBrun, D.H. Lee, Richard H.Lee, Marc Leishman, Justin Leonard, Michael Letzig, David Lingmerth, Luke List, Jeff Maggert, Steve Marino, David Mathis, Troy Matteson, Billy Mayfair, William McGirt, George McNeill, Eric Meierdierks, Seung-Yul Noh, Henrik Norlander, Sean O’Hair, Joe Ogilvie, Louis Oosthuizen, Jeff Overton, Greg Owen, Ryan Palmer, Rod Pampling, Jin Park, Jesper Parnevik, Cameron Percy, Pat Perez, Kenny Perry, Carl Pettersson, Scott Piercy, D.A. Points, Alistair Presnell, Dicky Pride, Chez Reavie, Patrick Reed, Brian Ricketts, Tag Ridings, Alexandre Rocha, John Rollins, Andres Romero, Rory Sabbatini, Charl Schwartzel, John Senden, Wes Short, Jr., Marcel Siem, Vijay Singh, Jordan Spieth, Scott Stallings, Shawn Stefani, Darron Stiles, Robert Streb, Chris Stroud, Brian Stuard, Daniel Summerhays, Kevin Sutherland, Andrew Svoboda, Vaughn Taylor, Nicholas Thompson, Guan Tianlang, Peter Tomasulo, D.J. Trahan, Cameron Tringale, Bo Van Pelt, Scott Verplank, Johnson Wagner, Jimmy Walker, Aaron Watkins, Boo Weekley, Mike Weir, Charlie Wi, Lee Williams, Casey Wittenberg, Gary Woodland.
Padriag Harrington and Angel Cabrera, two golfers who have won multiple major championships, joined Westlake resident Ben Crane on today’s updated commitment list at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, May 13-19 in Irving.
Cabrera, winner of the 2009 Masters and 2007 U.S. Open, also reached a playoff at the 2013 Masters before falling to Adam Scott in last month’s event. Harrington, who finished 15th at last year’s Nelson, owns two British Open titles (2007, 2008) and also won the 2008 PGA Championship. Crane’s best finish this season was a tie for fourth at the Shell Houston Open.