June 13, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --- With the 2012-13 season wrapped up, many of the UAB men’s golf team members have turned their attention to summer tournaments to continue to improve their game and stay sharp.
Paul Dunne has seen success in the last couple of weeks, capturing the East of Ireland Amateur Open Championship (Photo Gallery) on June 3 with a four round total of 283 and finishing runner-up in the Irish Close Championship on Wednesday.
At the Irish Close, a match play event, Dunne battled back after being three down through 12 holes to pull within one heading to the 18th. On the final hole, Dunne sunk a 15-foot putt for birdie but his opponent followed by making a 10-foot putt for birdie to halve the hole and take the title.
Sam Love competed in the 2013 Palmetto Amateur on June 5-8. The 38th Palmetto Amateur was played at the historic Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, S.C., and features 99 of the best college players in the country. Love fired rounds of 70-65-72 to finish in fourth place at 207 (-3). After finishing tied at 205 after 54 holes, Georgia’s Nicholas Reach defeated Alabama’s Scott Strohmeyer, who was part of Alabama’s national championship team, in a playoff to claim the championship.
Wilson McDonald had a solid showing in the 97th Alabama Men’s State Amateur Championship at Hoover Country Club over the weekend. He finished the tournament in a tie for seventh place after a four-round total of 286. McDonald struggled in the middle rounds but moved up the leaderboard with five-under par 67 in the final round.
After making it through local qualifying in early May at Timberline Golf Club in Calera, Ala., Thomas Sutton, McDonald and Conner Pratt each competed in sectional qualifiers with the hopes of earning a spot in the U.S. Open on June 3.
McDonald played his qualifier at the Colonial Country Club in Memphis, Tenn. He shot an opening round 72 (+1) on the North Course but followed that with a 77 (+5) on the South Course in round two to finish at 149 (+6) and 10 strokes behind the final qualifying spot. Notable players to come out of this qualifier are Kevin Sutherland and Jerry Kelly while Ben Crane, Jeff Maggert and David Duval were among those who failed to qualify.
Sutton and Pratt each played their sectional qualifier at the Hawks Ridge Golf Club in Ball Ground, Ga. Pratt played two solid rounds at one-under par 71 to finish at two-under par and seven strokes behind the qualifying spots. Sutton struggled on the first day but came back with a three-under par round of 69 in the second round to finish at one-under par for the tournament.