If you want to help a former St. Louisian play a round of golf at Pebble Beach with Wayne Gretzky, Drew Brees and Mark Wahlberg, go online to vote! Parkway North grad Scott Fahrney has been selected a finalist in the U.S. Open Challenge by Golf Digest and NBC based on his 60-word essay. Fahrney wrote that his fondest golf memories are about his dad, Sean O’Hair, from whom he has been estranged for the past couple years. “I thought if I won this contest, I could walk the fairways of Pebble Beach with my dad at my side and begin the healing process,“ he wrote. Visit the Golf Digest web site to vote.
High School Golf
Veteran Chaminade coach Jim Prag, now in his 39th year coaching the Red Devils, says it will be his last. “It has been a marvelous ride,” he says. “I am grateful for the many friendships and kindnesses shown to me along the way.” Chaminade finished second in the state Class 4 tournament last year. Three players return from that team this spring: seniors Alex Staskiel and Nick Grabbe and junior Alex Doneff.
Over at DeSmet, coach Frank Hawkey’s squad is off to a good start. The Spartans finished sixth at state last year and want to top that position. Hawkey has two players back from last year’s state team: senior Dan Wagner and junior Scott Hamel. “They are our leading players this year,” Hawkey says. “Overall, we have six players back from last year’s varsity team. If we play the way we are capable of playing, I think we should be pretty good.” DeSmet won the Bulldog Classic at Winghaven this spring. Hamel was the medalist, shooting even par 72. Sophomore Dan Arman finished in fourth place by shooting 76. The Spartans also own dual victories over Metro Catholic Conference rivals CBC and Vianney. “I think the season will be highly competitive. We have several players who are very close and they will be competing all season for tournament spots,” Hawkey says. “Seniors Sam Migdal and Brett Cushman along with the returning players are players to watch. I’m expecting a lot of good things from them. We have two primary goals this year—to win the conference and qualify for the state tournament.“
St. Louisan Jay Williamson, 42, has played in nine events this spring and made the cut in three of them. The veteran made it through Q-school for the fifth time in his career last winter. For the second straight year, he earned his PGA Tour card for 2010. This year, Williamson has a shooting average 71.38. He has earned $33,667.
Illinois junior Scott Langley recently was named the Big Ten Golfer of the Week, his fourth such award. A graduate of Parkway South, Langley fired consecutive rounds of 68 en route to a runner-up finish at the L.A. Classics Invitational held at the 7,141-yard par-72 Oakbourne Club in Lafayette, La. The All-American carded a 73 in the final round of competition to tally a seven-under 209 score, just one stroke shy of the top spot.
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