A WIN ON HOME TURF – Mark Anderson won his first TOUR-sanctioned event on Sunday in his adopted home state of South Carolina when he captured the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation in record-breaking fashion (see next note). It was the 27-year-old’s 60th Web.com Tour start.
RECORD-BREAKING WEEK – With comfortable temperatures, little wind and just enough rain to keep the three host courses fairly soft, scores were low at the BMW Charity Pro-Am, with some new marks added to the record book:
- Winner Mark Anderson’s 259 total set a new tournament mark by five shots.
- Anderson’s 27-under total was the third lowest under-par score in Web.com Tour history.
- Roland Thatcher tied the Thornblade Club tournament record with a 61 on Friday.
- Chesson Hadley, a 2010 Georgia Tech grad, equaled the Tour’s all-time record for nine holes when he shot 27 (-8) on Sunday en route to a 63 at Thornblade Club.
- Jason Gore shot 28 on the front nine on Sunday. He finished with a 67.
TOUR RETURNS TO MEXICO FOR SIXTH YEAR – The Web.com Tour returns to Mexico for the sixth year in a row, with El Bosque Country Club serving as host course the last five, including this year. The field has a unique component. Twenty-two players from Mexico and the region have been invited by the host organization to join the 144-player field. Participating in the event are Mexico-born Web.com Tour members Alex Aragon (recent WNB Golf Classic winner) and Oscar Fraustro (No. 2 off 2012 NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Order of Merit). Past champions Jamie Lovemark (2010) and Troy Merritt (2009) will also be at El Bosque this week.
THE SERNA CLAN – Mexico’s first family of golf, the Sernas, will be well represented once again at the Mexico Championship, with father Efren Serna and sons Efren, Jr., Antonio and Oscar in the field. The four have competed every year, with the exception of Efren, Jr. and Oscar in 2008. The best family finish was Efren, Jr.’s third-place finish in 2010.
MAKING STRIDES – In his 30th start, South Dakota’s Tom Hoge secured his best Web.com Tour finish in Greenville, a runner-up. The 2011 TCU grad leaped from 150th to 19th on the money list.
IT’S ON TO COLONIAL FOR FRANKLIN CORPENING – Fort Worth native Franklin Corpening also recorded his best Tour finish in Greenville, a T3. He shared the halfway lead for the first time. Corpening, who was a teammate of Hoge’s for one year at TCU, has a special week ahead. He received one of two Champion’s Choice invitations (along with Jordan Spieth) to play in this week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club where he learned the game and his father has been a member since the age of 10. It will be his first PGA TOUR start.
ANOTHER HOMETOWN INVITE – Franklin Corpening will be joined by fellow Web.com Tour member and Forth Worth native John Peterson at Colonial. Peterson received a sponsor’s exemption. He is coming off a T23 at the BMW Charity Pro-Am and is 50th in Tour earnings.
50 COURSES IN 50 DAYS – Inspired by a piece he read about Arnold Palmer’s commitment to charity, Gaithersburg, Md. 17-year-old Tyler Dunmyer embarked on a mission on April 10th to play 50 golf courses in the Washington, D.C. area in 50 days to raise money for Junior Achievement by selling tickets to the Mid-Atlantic Championship. His adventure will conclude next Monday (May 27th) when he participates in the Championship’s pro-am at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. Junior Achievement is a non-profit that specializes in teaching money management and business skills to youths. Tyler is documenting his experience and accepting contributions online at http://www.tylers50in50.blogspot.com/. Here is a link to a May 8th story: http://www.gazette.net/article/20130508/SPORTS/130508922/0/gazette&template=gazette.
ENDLESS SUMMER - Following completion of the BMW Charity Pro-Am, Dawie van der Walt was headed to London to compete in another BMW-sponsored tournament, this week's BMW PGA Championship, the European Tour's flagship event. The South African earned his European Tour card when he won the Tshwane Open two months ago in his homeland. From Wentworth he plans to play consecutive events in Sweden, Austria, France, Germany and Ireland. After a week off, the Houston-area resident will return to America to play the final seven Web.com Tour Regular Season events, plus the four Web.com Tour Finals (which will be played over five weeks), bringing his run to 17 events in 19 weeks. He departed for Europe 17th in earnings.
TOP FINISHES – Congrats to 2012 Web.com Tour Championship winner Justin Bolli on a career-equalling best finish at the HP Byron Nelson Championship (4th) and to fellow “25” graduate Morgan Hoffmann on his first top 10 (T5) in 16 PGA TOUR starts. Kudos also to Brendon Todd on his T17 in Dallas, which came two weeks after he won the Web.com Tour’s Stadion Classic at UGA on his college track.
DID YOU KNOW? – Jason Gore’s 28 marked the 31st time the score has been posted on the Web.com Tour. It was his third 28. He is the only player to shoot 28 more than once.
NEXT WEEK – The Tour heads to the nation’s capital for the Mid-Atlantic Championship at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm (May 30-June 2) where David Lingmerth won last year.