Thursday, July 02, 2015

Steven Young wins place in US PGA 

Championship but Lee Rhind fails


Steven Young, the former Walker Cup player from Inverallochy, Aberdeenshire and now on the pro staff at Midland Country Club, Texas, has earned himself a place in the field for the last major tournament of the season - the US PGA championship at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin in August.
Young, pictured right, who won the Scottish boys' championship three years in a row and also the British boys' title in the 1990s, had to come through big fields at two tournaments to get there. First he qualified from a West Texas PGA eliminator to play in the US PGA national championship at Philadelphia Cricket Club, Flourtown, Pennsylvania.

There he shot a four-round aggregate of 285 to finish tied 16th behind Matt Dobyns who won for the second time in three years with a total of 279 (72-69-68-70), one of the few players to finish under par over a difficult course.
Steven had scores of 69, 71, 72 and 73.
By finishing in the top 20, Young gained a place in the US PGA championship alongside Rory McIlroy and Co.
Also on the Midland Country Club pro staff is Lee Rhind (pictured below) from Uphall, who won the Scottish boys' stroke-play title in 1997 at Downfield.

He missed the third-round cut in the US PGA national champonship with scores of 70, 76 and 77 for 223.
The championship decided eight of the 10 places in the American team for the PGA Cup match against GB and Ireland at CordeValle, San Martin inCalifornia from September 18 to 20.
They are: Matt Dobyns, Ben Poland, Michael Block, Grant Sturgeon, Alan Morin, Jamie Broce, Stuart Deane and Bob Sowards.




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