Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Glasgow-born US club pro shot four-under-69 at Dundee venue



Glasgpw-born United States club professional Billy Jack fired a four under par 69 to head the 11 qualifiers at Downfield Golf Club today for the Senior Open Championship, presented by MasterCard, which starts at Carnoustie on Thursday.
Jack, the head pro at St Ives Country Club, Johns Creek in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, finished one stroke clear of Canadian Graham Gunn and Englishman John Hoskison.
Jack as a teenager was a student at Ohio State Unversity and he was a leading member of the Buckeyes' team who won the NCAA team title in 1979. He stayed on in the States after his college days and turned professional.
His first club was Frenchman's Creek at North Palm Berach, Florida followed by a spell at Muirfield Village, Ohio, Treyburn County club and, in 2002, he was appointed head pro at St Ives Country Club.
Torrential rain had forced the suspension of play at the Dundee venue on Monday with only 14 of 30 groups completing their rounds. That meant the remainder of the field had to return the following day to settle the 11 players who would join the 22 qualifiers who progressed from Monifieth and Panmure on Monday.
Qualifiers at Downfield.
Par 73
69 Billy Jack (Sco).
70 Graham Gunn (Can), John Hoskison (Eng).
71 Matt Briggs (Eng), Mark Belsham (Eng), Brad Smith (Eng), Fred Holton (US), Mike McDonald (US).
72 Grant Turner (Eng), Gary Trivisonno (US).
73 Gary Hallberg (US).
Non-qualifiers included:
73 Michael S Harmon (US) (after play-off).
74 Claude Grenier (Aut), Tony Charnley (Eng), David Blakeman (Eng), Enrique Alessandrini (Ita), Tony Allen (Eng), Joe Shaktman (US).
Selected non-qualifiers:
76 Phil Dempsey (Sco) (am).
79 Murray White (Sco) (am).



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