So close but yet so far, a couple inches here, a tiny more aggressive there. What could have been during the 3M Open’s final day on Sunday.
The re-emergence of a local golfer on the circuit may have given University of Louisville fans a renewed enthusiasm for PGA competition during the summer months.
Adam Hadwin, a former UofL golfer, has actually been on the PGA circuit since he went professional in 2009. He’s 31 years old and a native of Moose Jaw in Saskatchewan, Canada. His father Gerry is a golf club professional who joined the Canadian PGA in 1979.
Hadwin raised his game to a new level over the weekend, finishing fourth with in the 3M Open at Blaine, Minn. He was 18-under-par for the tournament, finishing three strokes behind Michael Wolff at -21 and Bryan DeChambeau and Collin Morikawa, who tied for second at -20.
He was among the leaders all four days, starting off with a seven-under-par 67 in the opening round. For the tournament, he had 26 birdies and eight bogies. Hadwin won a total of $307,000 for his fourth place finish, according to UofL stats guru Kelly Dickey.
He has participated in 25 PGA events this year, including the PGA Open at Harding Park at San Francisco in May. He was in a five-way tie for 29th in that one, finishing with a 5-over-par. He also has competed twice in the Masters and twice in the U.S. Open.
His previous best finish was a 14-under-par win in 2017 in the Valspar Championship, a PGA event at the Innisbrook Resort near Tampa in 2017. He took home $1,134,000 that day.
Better for the experience, been there, preparing for the future.
University of Louisville freshman Olivia Cason concluded her first season of collegiate golf Sunday night tied for 45th through three rounds in the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship at Eugene, Ore.
The third player in UofL program history to qualify for the individual national championship, Cason shot an even-par 72 in the third round. She turned in a composite score of four-over-par 220 over three days. She fell two strokes shy of advancing to the final round of stroke play on Monday.
The Owensboro, Ky., native opened the day with a birdie on No. 10 and then putted for par on 10-consecutive holes. After hitting her first bogey of the day on No. 3, she rebounded with a remarkable birdie on No. 4, a par-5, 518-yard hole. She had two more bogeys before ending the day – and tournament run – with a birdie on No. 9.
Olivia Cason is only a freshman on the University of Louisville women’s golf team but she’s already competing on a national stage.
Cason journeyed to Eugene, Oregon this week where she will participate in the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship, starting on Friday at the Eugene Country Club. She will tee off at 11:25 a.m. Louisville time.
The Owensboro native is the third student-athlete in UofL program history to qualify as an individual and one of 12 participating in the three-day event. She will play 18 holes on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Tom Jurich always demands the Wow factor when he builds something, and he’s done it again.
There’s a lot to like about the new University of Louisville Golf Club, which after several months of renovation and expansion, was unveiled for the first time to the local media on Monday in Simpsonville. The former Cardinal Club was acquired by the University last year, giving UofL the ability to upgrade the course as the school enters the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The course has been completely redesigned from the first green to the 18th hole using the latest technology available. The actual course has been lengthened from 7,000 yards to 7,150 yards, with five championship tees making the course more relevant to the college game. A 22-acre practice facility has been redesigned and reconstructed as well, and all the golf paths have been repaved.
The entrances have been upgraded, including a unique water feature in the median that leads to the renovated club house.
No one was happier than the University of Louisville’s Kenny Klein when Rory McIlroy finally tapped in that three-foot putt at 8:43 p.m. as darkness engulfed the course.
Klein, UofL’s sports information director, was serving as local media coordinator for the PGA Championship at Valhalla. Had a playoff been required or the last round was shut down early because of darkness, he had a schedule conflict on his hands.
Additional play on Monday at Valhalla would have put a serious cramp in the annual Press Box Classic, scheduled six miles down the road at the University of Louisville Golf Course in Simpsonville.
The event is an invitational scramble for local media members and bloggers, as well as Tom Jurich and numerous UofL coaches and personalities — with a tee off time of 10:15 a.m. A chance to eat, greet and mingle in a fun event.
A large percentage of the participants in the Press Box Classic, including Klein, would have been at Valhalla interviewing or videotaping PGA players, making it virtually impossible for many media members to have participated.
This year’s Press Box Classic allows UofL to showcase the many improvements that have made at the University’s newest athletic facility acquired from a private group in 2013. Monday’s event was the first time that all 18 holes had re-opened after extensive renovations this summer.
Kenny Klein wouldn’t want to miss that opportunity.