Megan Khang made three birdies on Wednesday, the last on the 17th hole at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind., to win her first-round match at the US Girls’ Junior, 2 and 1, over Alice Chen of Princeton, N.J.
Khang, a 15-year-old from Rockland, was the 40th seed among the 64 match-play participants after shooting 73-78 in stroke play. She’ll face Hannah O’Sullivan of Paradise Valley, Ariz., in the Round of 32 on Thursday morning, looking to do something she couldn’t do in her four previous appearances at the US Girls’ Junior: move into the Round of 16. O’Sullivan, the No. 8 seed, won her opening match, 6 and 5.
Jake Shuman’s run at the US Junior Amateur ended with a first-round loss to William Gordon of Davidson, N.C., 2 and 1. Shuman, from Needham, had rounds of 76-72 at the Martis Camp Club in Truckee, Calif., to get into match play, then erased nearly all of a four-hole lead that Gordon built on the front nine. Shuman won Nos. 10, 11, and 13 to cut the deficit to one, but lost the 15th, and was closed out on No. 17. Other Massachusetts players who qualified for the US Junior Amateur but failed to advance to match play included Dan Woodbury (76-76) of Upton and Paul Lei (77-81) of Middleton.
Cody Paladino overcame a double bogey on the first hole to shoot a 5-under-par 67 at Wollaston Golf Club on Wednesday, giving the 24-year-old from Connecticut a one-shot lead after the first round of the 46th Francis Ouimet Memorial Tournament. Paladino is making his debut in the event, had never played at Wollaston, and has never played at either of the other two courses on the tournament’s schedule, Wellesley Country Club on Thursday and Woodland Golf Club on Friday. Doug Clapp (Old Sandwich), John Flaherty (TPC River Highlands), and 2009 Ouimet champion Matt Parziale (Thorny Lea) were tied for second after shooting 68s. Kevin Carey of Dennis Pines had the low score in the Lowery Division for seniors, opening with 70 . . . Spots are still available for anyone interested in playing in the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund’s annual golf marathon at Stow Acres. The fund-raising event is Aug. 7, and information is available at www.ouimet.org/marathon.
Nine more players punched their tickets to the US Amateur this week, getting into next month’s national tournament at The Country Club and Charles River Country Club through a trio of local qualifiers. At Crestview Country Club on Tuesday, Colin Brennan (70-71) of Methuen and Nathan Pereira (72-69) of Ludlow advanced, as did medalist David Szewczul (71-68) of Farmington, Conn. On Monday at Vesper Country Club, Chelso Barrett of Keene, N.H., was the medalist, shooting 68-71 to grab one of three spots. The other two went to Peter French (72-68) of Bellingham and Austen Truslow (74-66) of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., who eagled his final hole to qualify in dramatic fashion. Ryan Riley, the 2011 Massachusetts Amateur champion from North Easton, played his way into the US Amateur by shooting 69-67 at Metacomet Country Club in East Providence, R.I., on Monday. Branden Chicorka (65-69) of Enfield, Conn., and Jamison Randall (71-67) of Cumberland, R.I., also qualified . . . Mike Calef, the two-time defending Mass. Amateur champion, failed in his bid to qualify for the US Amateur. Playing at Great Southwest Golf Club in Grand Prairie, Texas, Calef finished eighth, shooting 70-75 . . . The fifth and final local qualifier for the US Amateur, which runs from Aug. 12-18, is Tuesday at Cape Cod National Golf Club.
Guest of honor
Vermont native and Hopkinton High School graduate Keegan Bradley sits down with David Feherty on Golf Channel’s weekly interview show, “Feherty.” The hourlong show premieres on Monday at 10 p.m. . . . Eric Baldwin, the championship director for the Deutsche Bank Championship, will host a Twitter Q&A session from noon to 1 p.m. on Aug. 1. Fans can send Twitter questions to @DBChampionship and by including the #AskBaldy hashtag . . . Tom Griffin of Walpole Country Club joined amateurs Robbie Boush, Brett Thomas, and Billy Argus to shoot an 11-under-par 60 at Hopkinton Country Club and win low gross at the New England PGA’s Pro-Junior Championship. David Lane from the host club shot 70 and was low pro, while the Kernwood Country Club team of Frank Dully, Matthew Bullock, Mason Sagan, and Chris Cole won low net with a 58 . . . Nathan Hopley from the Golf Club at Turner Hill teamed with Amy Dickison to shoot 71 and win low gross at the NEPGA’s Pro-Lady tournament at Kernwood Country Club. Stephen Diemoz (Mountaup Country Club) and Nancy Diemoz, who tied for second in the gross competition, won low net . . . Vesper Country Club captured the Women’s Golf Association of Massachusetts Dolly Sullivan team gross title. Christina Wallace, Cheryl Popp, Marlene Maloney, and Joanne Aldrich shot a 74. Low net, with a 58, went to the Meadow at Peabody team of June Bille, Karen Fossett, Lorraine Benoit, and Tillie St. Germain . . . Former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison finished 49th over the weekend at the celebrity-filled American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe, Nev. Other Boston-affiliated stars who participated were former Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar (60th), and Olympic hockey hero Mike Eruzione (69th). The tournament was won by former NFL quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver, who beat Mark Rypien in a playoff . . . Eruzione will be part of the celebrity field at the Ahmad Rashad Celebrity Classic, scheduled to start Sunday at Mohegan Sun Country Club in Uncasville, Conn. Former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine is also expected to compete. For tournament or ticket information, visit www.ahmadrashadcelebrityclassic.com . . . Jaclyn Sweeney (72-74-69) of Andover and Molly Aronson (73-70-72) of Shelburne, Vt., tied for 21st last week at the Symetra Tour’s Northeast Delta Dental International, held at Beaver Meadow Golf Course in Concord, N.H. Both earned $1,031. Briana Vega (74-75) of Andover and amateur Isabel Southard (76-79) of Sharon missed the 36-hole cut.
This year’s TGC for the Troops, a fund-raising initiative held June 30-July 1 at the Golf Club at Cape Cod, brought in more than $63,000, which will provide financial assistance to Cape-area veterans and active military families. It tops the club’s previous record of $45,000 from 2012 . . . Applications for the Massachusetts Father & Son Championship (Indian Pond Country Club, Aug. 20-21) and the Massachusetts Mid-Amateur Championship (Marshfield Country Club, Sept. 23-25) are due by 5 p.m. on Thursday. To enter either, visit www.mgalinks.org . . . Those who wish to compete in either the US Mid-Amateur Championship or US Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship must have their entries in to the US Golf Association by 5 p.m. on Aug. 7. This year’s US Mid-Am is at the Country Club of Birmingham, while the US Women’s Mid-Am is at Biltmore Forest Country Club in Asheville, N.C. Both tournaments are Oct. 5-10, and are open to players at least 25 years old with handicap indexes of 3.4 or better (men) and 9.4 or better (women). The local qualifier for the US Women’s Mid-Am is Aug. 26 at Longmeadow Country Club; there are two local qualifiers for the US Mid-Am: Aug. 26 at Berkshire Hills Country Club, and Sept. 4 at Brae Burn. Entries must be submitted online at www.champs.usga.org . . . Captains Golf Course in Brewster is offering one-hour clinics for women every Thursday at 10 a.m. through Sept. 19. Cost is $15 per session, and those interested can sign up by calling 508-896-1716.