Tuesday, November 15, 2011


By ROBIN WILSONDornoch exile Jimmy Gunn continues to figure among the prize money on the satellite tours in and around Arizona but despite several top ten finishes is still waiting to land his first “big win.”
During June and July he had earnings of $4,500 against strong fields in events as far a field as Long Beach, California, where he partnered Tommy Medina in a two-man better-ball competition where each earned $2000.
In the second round Gunn and Medina had a better ball card of 58 before the start of the Autumn All American Tour based in Arizona. From this tour exception can be gained and invitations received to compete on the Nationwide Tour.
The Nationwide Tour sits just below the exclusive main US PGA Tour and it is from the Nationwide that Inverness's Russell Knox progressed this year to the 2012 US Tour where the big bucks can be won. Knox finished the season in the top twenty five money winner's list of 2011.
Gunn, on his first entry into an All American Tour event at the Vista Verde Golf club, Rio Verde, Arizona at the end of October finished with a one under par total and won $575.
At the beginning of this month he played in the Skyline 2 Day shoot-out over Arizona's Skyline Country Club course and on the day after Guy Fawkes night he lit his own fireworks with a course record score of eight under par 63 to win the competition by three shots and the first prize of $900.
His next All American Pro Tour event was at the Red Mountain Ranch Country Club, Mesa, Arizona where he finished third for a prize cheque of $2,150 from rounds of 69,71 and 71 to keep his new (anonymous) sponsor happy.
Gunn, the former Sutherland county and Royal Dornoch champion, will remain on the All-American Tour and accept what invitations come his way for Nationwide Tour events until rejoining the Gateway Tour Spring series which gets under way in January 2012.



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