Monday qualifiers: Nashville Golf Open Benefitting the Snedeker Foundation
May 21, 2018
By Kevin Prise, PGATOUR.COM
- May 21, 2018
- Xavier alum Andy Pope will make his first Web.com Tour start of 2018 this week at Nashville Golf & Athletic Club. (Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. -- Veteran Andy Pope showed flashes of brilliance throughout his Web.com Tour appearances in 2017, posting eight of 14 rounds in the 60s and recording two top-20 finishes.
But the Xavier alum only had four starts to work with, finishing 127th on the Regular Season money list and failing to advance to Final Stage of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament, meaning that Tour starts in 2018 would be hard to come by.
Unless he found himself able to navigate Monday qualifiers, that is.
Pope did just that Monday in central Tennessee, firing a bogey-free, 8-under 63 at Old Hickory Country Club to earn a tee time this week at the Nashville Golf Open Benefitting the Snedeker Foundation.
The 34-year-old has made 76 career Web.com Tour starts, his best finish a T6 (twice), and he has an opportunity to kick-start his season and play his way into next week's Rex Hospital Open with a strong showing at Nashville Golf & Athletic Club.
Pope finished tied for second Monday at the Old Hickory CC site, behind only Bo Andrews, who posted a 9-under 62. Andrews was even-par through eight holes of his qualifying round, before going on a tear that included five birdies and two eagles in his final 10 holes.
Also advancing from the Old Hickory site were Nick Heinen (63), Alex Blickle (64), Joel Thelen (64) and Tom Whitney (64). The latter three survived a 4-for-3 playoff, with Ted Smith the odd man out.
Richard Hearden of Phoenix, Arizona, led the way at the GreyStone Golf Club site, shooting a 10-under 62 that included eight birdies, an eagle and no bogeys. Veteran Chris Naegel took second-place honors with an 8-under 64, while seven players tied for third at 7-under 65, necessitating a 7-for-4 playoff.
Surviving the playoff: David Sanders, Doug Letson, Matt Liringis and Andrew Novak.
In all, 129 players turned in cards Monday, competing for 12 spots this week at Nashville Golf & Athletic Club.
For all scores from the Old Hickory site, click here.
For all scores from the GreyStone site, click here.