A string of big names — among them Craig Stadler, Nick Price, Hal Sutton, and Norwood’s Allen Doyle — unknowingly combined to give a name not nearly as popular a spot in this week’s US Senior Open.
Don Reycroft, a 57-year-old amateur from Norfolk, earned a spot into the championship after a number of withdrawals.
Officially, it was reigning Senior British Open winner Russ Cochran’s withdrawal on Sunday night that finally got Reycroft in, but it was the earlier WDs of Stadler, Price, Doyle, and Brad Bryant that moved the Bay State amateur up the alternate list.
Reycroft lost a three-for-one playoff at the only sectional qualifier in Massachusetts, held June 20 at the Kittansett Club. Andrew Morse of West Roxbury earned the second of two automatic bids as a result of the playoff, but Reycroft was first alternate, a position that came in handy when dominos started falling.
Now the former two-sport star (golf, hockey) at Saint Anselm will be in the field with Morse and everybody else this week at Omaha Country Club for the 34th US Senior Open. Reycroft is one of 28 amateurs in the 156-player field.
The first of five local qualifiers for next month’s US Amateur at The Country Club and Charles River Country Club will be held Monday at Weston Golf Club. An expected field of 84 players will be competing for an undetermined number of qualifying spots. The other four local qualifiers will be July 22 (Vesper, Metacomet), July 23 (Crestview), and July 30 (Cape Cod National) . . . This year’s Walker Cup Matches between the United States and Great Britain & Ireland is Sept. 7-8 at the National Golf Links of America, but that hasn’t stopped the US Golf Association from thinking about the 2015 competition. The USGA announced this week that John “Spider” Miller will captain the US team in 2015, when the matches will be held at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. Miller is a two-time US Mid-Amateur champion (1996, 1998) and played on the Walker Cup team in 1999 . . . In case you’ve forgotten, this week marks the first time that a regular European Tour event will be shown live in the US on network television. NBC will air five hours of coverage this weekend (noon-2:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday) of the Scottish Open, at Castle Stuart. Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els headline the field. The tournament is hanging its hat on the last two British Open champions having played the week before at Castle Stuart: Els last year, and Darren Clarke in 2011 . . . Nine-time major champion Gary Player is among those naked athletes featured in ESPN the Magazine’s annual Body Issue, which hits newsstands Friday. Player, at 77, is likely the oldest athlete to be featured in a Body Issue pictorial. Long an advocate for health and fitness, Player sent a Twitter message out on Tuesday, saying in part, “I do hope I was able to inspire just a few people to keep fit & healthy.” The only other golfer included this year is Carly Booth, a 21-year-old from Scotland who plays on the Ladies European Tour.
Martin leads NEWGA
Tracy Martin of Massachusetts shot a second consecutive 73, and will enter Thursday’s final round of the New England Women’s Golf Association Championship at the Renaissance in Haverhill with a one shot lead over Katherine Partridge (76—147) of Connecticut. Samantha Morrell of Rhode Island is three shots back at 149 after a second-round 75 . . . The Crumpin-Fox Club team of Kerry Dolan and Meg Watson won the top flight at the Cris Eaton Foursomes competition, shooting a 76 on Monday at Segregansett Country Club. Diane Carter (Beverly) and Jenny Ceppi (Bass Rocks) were one shot back. In the D-E-F flight, Barbara Horwood (Sagamore Springs) and Rona Lemelin (Golf Club at Turner Hill) were declared the winners after a four-team tie prompted a scorecard tiebreaker. Also shooting 94 were the teams of Judy Ferrari (Highfields) and Patricia Jacobsen (Norfolk), Barbara Winkler and Holly Bruce (both Woodland), and Carol Cahill and Sandra Jordan (Presidents) . . . The deadline to apply for the 110th WGAM Amateur Championship is July 18. The tournament is July 31-Aug. 1 at Framingham Country Club, with the first day’s format 18 holes of stroke play, followed by flighted match play beginning on Tuesday. For information, visit www.wgam.org . . . Megan Khang recently took medalist honors at the US Girls’ Junior sectional qualifier, shooting a 70 at Thorny Lea Golf Club. Khang advances to the US Girls’ Junior, which is July 22-27 in Fort Wayne, Ind. . . . One final reminder that entries for the Massachusetts Golf Association’s Father & Daughter Championship are due by 5 p.m. on Thursday. The event is Aug. 8 at the Golf Club of Cape Cod. For information, visit www.mgalinks.org.
The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund’s annual golf marathon is Aug. 7 at Stow Acres, and individuals and teams are still being sought. “100 Holes for 100 Years” will be part of the centennial celebration recognizing Ouimet’s victory in the 1913 US Open. Since the marathon’s debut in 1993, more than $4.5 million has been raised for the scholarship fund, with 103,716 holes played. If you’d like to be part of this year’s marathon, visit www.ouimet.org/marathon . . . Jeff Seavey of Samoset Resort shot a 4-under-par 68 at Spring Valley CC on Tuesday to win the New England PGA’s Stroke Play series tournament. The event also served as a qualifier for the New England Open, with five players — Benjamin Egan of Gardner Municipal (70), Robby Bruns of Shelter Harbor (72), Brendan Ray of Carnegie Abbey (73), Hal Jacobs of Mount Pleasant (73), and Patrick Hohman of Blue Hill (74) — earning spots. The New England Open is Sept. 9-11 at Belmont CC . . . Steve Tasho and Matt Parziale held off Rob Bradley and Ryan Riley to claim another Brockton City Fourball title. Tasho and Parziale finished 54 holes at 19 under par, on rounds of 67-63-63 . . . Mike Landry of North Attleborough shot a 71 at Connecticut National Golf Club in Putnam to win low gross at a Tour of Greater Boston event. Glen Morrison of Newton had a 65 to take low net . . . A field of 96 is expected to compete in the AJGA Junior at Tedesco, a 54-hole tournament on the American Junior Golf Association schedule that starts Tuesday at Tedesco CC.