July 30 2013
Steve Allan will be making first PGA TOUR start in two years. (Cannon/Getty Images)
By Michael Curet, PGATOUR.com Contributing Writer
Steve Allan, Creighton Honeck, and T.J. Vogel shared medalist honors all firing a 6-under 66 in the Reno-Tahoe Open Monday qualifier at Hidden Valley Country Club. Ryan Blaum, meanwhile, locked up the other spot and secured his third start of the 2013 PGA TOUR season with a 5-under 67.
Allen, a 39-year-old Aussie who still resides in Melbourne, has yet to play on the PGA TOUR this year, with five starts on the Web.com Tour. He owns two runner-up finishes on the PGA TOUR. He was second at the 2004 Reno-Tahoe Open, and finished ninth the next year.
Honeck, a 28-year-old Austin, Texas native who played golf at Arizona, is making his PGA TOUR debut Thursday after spending his post-college days on the mini-tours.
Vogel, a 22-year-old Cooper City, Fla. product, played in The Masters in April after winning the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship last July. Vogel shot 77-75 in his Augusta debut and failed to make the weekend. This week, the former Florida Gator will be looking to make his first PGA TOUR cut after making his professional PGA TOUR debut earlier this summer at the John Deere Classic.
Blaum, a native of Coral Gables, Florida and former Duke University golfer, is playing his third PGA TOUR event in 2013 – also qualifying at The Greenbrier Classic before finishing tied for 26th at the Sanderson Farms Championship.The 29-year-old Blaum won the Dominican Republic Open on PGA TOUR Latinoamerica in June. His best career PGA TOUR finish came when he tied for 15th at the 2008 Puerto Rico Open Presented by Banco Popular.