Ice How far away is this event for you?...I'd luv to attend a Symetra event but none in the PNW...though Symetra is HQ's in the Seattle area.
Who is Screaming Eagle?
From the reaction to her eagle 1 en route to her 1st Tour victory at the '05 Corning (the clip here does not show that in full) Jimin Kang is forever known here as Screaming Eagle.
Brockton is a post industrial city of 93,000 about 25 miles/40km south of Boston and about an hour from my home in central Massachusetts. It is the hometown of champion boxers Rocky Marciano and Marvin Hagler, so the sports teams of the city's high school, among the more successful in the Commonwealth, are called the Boxers. W.B. Mason, a regional office supply distributor, is headquartered in Brockton.
The week figures to be a logistical headache as the WGAM Amateur Championship (our state's women's amateur) will be conducted at Thorny Lea during the first part of the week from 10-13 August, not leaving the Symetra Tour regulars much of a window to practice. The winner gets an exemption into the W.B. Mason field, which already includes (via a sponsor exemption) 17 year old Megan Khang of nearby Rockland, low amateur at last month's US Women's Open. Khang's 72 hole score in Lancaster of 285 was two strokes off the record low score at the Open by an amateur set in 1999 byGRACE PARK.
A regular on WRX is best friends with Megan's dad. I think Megan might follow in Brooke's footsteps. I think Megan could be a better player....but finances restricts her potential practice and tournament time.
When I saw Brooke in 2012/2013 I'd never thought she'd play to her current level....I guess both might be late bloomers at 17 & 18....lol.
Money is a barrier for MK to play the Am...and that's a shame. She isn't lucky enough to have rich parents or country golf federation funding like Lydia, Brooke, etc.
Obama should just give her the money to play, even if it is illegal. That's how they do it in New Zealand.
You are too freaking funny.
So you mean you believe The Dragon Lady when she says she didn't know how $50,000 got mysteriously deposited into her personal bank account....I wonder if S. Korea will send the bank manager to N. Korea to work in the cabbage fields.
Money is a barrier for MK to play the Am...and that's a shame.
She was already out West last week for Stage One and could have easily gone up to Portland, Oregon for the Amateur since she had an exemption into the field by merely finishing the USWO. She graduated from high school and hasn't declared an intention to play college golf so she may be looking at turning pro depending on how well she fares in the latter stages of Q School. The opportunity to play a Symetra Tour event on her home course was apparently too good to pass up, even if it means missing the Amateur. She had a sponsor exemption into the only Symetra event in New England last year up in New Hampshire, finishing T15. It is simply a scheduling conflict this week.
The 116 player field will be going out in threesomes off #1 exclusively beginning at 7:41am on Friday; the last group tees off at 2:39pm. Megan is in the 1:44pm group while Jimin Kang is in the 9:53am group, Annie Park tees off at 8:47am and Vicky Hurst goes out at 12:49pm. No precipitation is expected all weekend with high temperatures ranging from 86-91F/30-33C over the three days and a slight breeze out of the southwest.
Another late night at work made me too tired to make it out to Brockton. Between the computer glitch at an FAA facility in Virginia and the same weather that curtailed play on Saturday lots of flights were delayed. It would have been fun seeing Vicky win for the first time in seven years. Megan Khang finished T17, ten shots back.
BROCKTON, Mass., August 16, 2015 - Vicky Hurst (Melbourne, Florida) was threatened early on the back nine, but managed to pull away towards the end to win her fifth career Symetra Tour event by carding a 3-under 68 on Sunday at the W.B. Mason Championship at Thorny Lea Golf Club to finish at 13-under 200. She closed three shots clear of Brittany Benvenuto (Langhorne, Pa.) and Alejandra Llaneza (Mexico City, Mexico).
With the win, Hurst moves from 25th to 14th on the Volvik Race for the Card money list.
“It feels really good, I haven’t won in six or seven years,” said Hurst, whose last win came on July 13, 2008 at the CIGNA Golf Classic. “It feels good to be back playing well and hitting it well so it was really exciting to be in the lead group and finish strong.”
Finish strong she did. The shot that ultimately won her the tournament came on the 14th hole. Hurst was 12-under at the time and she didn’t know that Llaneza had made double on the 14th hole to fall three back.
“I hit my drive through the fairway on 14 into the woods and I had 125 yards to the pin, but I really had to keep it low because of the trees everywhere,” said Hurst. “I hit a little punch 7-iron to about 10 feet which was pretty cool and I was able to make the putt which was big to get the momentum back.”
Hurst went onto birdie 15 to seize full control of the tournament. She made bogey on 16 and then par on 17 to take a three shot lead to the 18th. Hurst lagged her birdie putt to a foot and then tapped in for the win.
“I still was getting pretty nervous on the last few holes and on 18 I just wanted to find the fairway and green and lag it up there,” said Hurst. “It felt good to leave myself a one footer to win and it was pretty exciting.”
Hurst won her first Symetra Tour event at the age of 17 in 2008 and went onto win four official tournaments to lead the money list and earn an LPGA Tour card. At her peak in 2010 on the LPGA, Hurst earned over $400,000 and finished 28th on the LPGA Tour money list. She hit a low last year when she finished No. 162 on the money list and made south of $3,000 in 11 events.
“A year ago, I was pretty frustrated with my golf game and my injuries and I wasn’t really sure what was going to happen next because I didn’t know if my wrist would heal,” admitted Hurst. “I really worked hard with my coaches and my family has been great support emotionally and mentally. I came back to the Symetra Tour with a positive attitude, not a negative one, and that has really helped me.”
Hurst had two ganglion cysts in her wrist and a tear of the TFC (Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex).
Even the beginning of this season was a struggle for Hurst. In mid-July, Hurst was No. 127 on the Volvik Race for the Card money list. Over the last four events, she has moved to No. 14 with four top 11 finishes.
“My problem was off the tee. For the last year or so I really couldn’t hit the ball consistently off the tee and that is where I kept my focus,” said Hurst. “I worked closely with my coaches to fix my game and my swing and finally it is coming together. I’m hitting the ball long and straight and it feels good.”
Next up for Hurst is a trip to Pratville, Alabama to try and Monday Qualify for the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.
Llaneza moved from 5th to second on the Volvik Race for the Card money list with her tie for second.
“The first day I felt like I got off to a bit of a slow start,” said Llaneza, who carded a 1-over 72 on Friday. “I knew my swing was close and yesterday was really important. I found some good rhythm and tempo and I was able to carry that into today.”
Benvenuto moved from 18 to 16 on the money list. The other big moves came from Lindy Duncan (Jupiter, Fla.), who finished in a tie for fourth to jump from 13th to eighth and Lee Lopez (Whittier, Calif.), who moved to No. 1 on the money list with a tie eighth.
The Tour takes two weeks off before heading to Sioux Falls, South Dakota for the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge at Willow Run Golf Club from September 3-6. The tournament is offering the largest purse, $210,000, in the history of the Tour