Golf Plus | Bradenton Christian's Philip Knowles qualifies for U.S. Amateur

jdill@bradenton.comJuly 17, 2014 

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Bradenton Christian School golfer Philip Knowles chips onto the green during the Class 1A-District 17 boys golf tournament Monday at the Bradenton Country Club. GRANT JEFFERIES/Bradenton Herald

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NOTEWORTHY

• Bradenton Christian's Philip Knowles fired rounds of 70-74--144 to qualify for the U.S. Amateur.

Knowles was one of two qualifiers at the local qualifier held at Estero's Old Corkscrew Golf Club in rounds played Monday and Tuesday. The golf course is known as one of the toughest in the state with a slope rating of 153 and course rating of 77.6 from the back tees.

The qualifying berth sends Knowles to the U.S. Amateur from Aug. 11-17 at the Atlanta Athletic Club. The tournament consists of two stroke-play rounds before shifting to a match-play format for the remaining 64 players.

That winner earns an invitation to the following year's Masters.

• The 2014 Florida Open is scheduled for this weekend at the Bonita Bay Club in Naples and features a slew of locals in the 156-player field.

Bradenton's Nathan Bertsch, Lakewood Ranch's Mark Cappiello, Bradenton's Tory Henderson, Bradenton's Tyler Sluman, Bradenton's Stephen Sowards, Bradenton's Cyril Suk, Bradenton's Charles Wang and Bradenton's Tyler Sluman are in the field.

The tournament, which began in 1942, is contested over 54 holes with a cut after 36 holes. Players will play one round on the Bay Island course and one round on the Cypress course before the final round takes place Sunday on the Cypress course.

• Parrish's Cole Johnson won the boys 16-18 age division of the Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association tournament held Monday at IMG Academy Golf Club.

Johnson fired a 2-over-par 74.

Bradenton's Zhang Yan Wang won the boys 13-15 division with a 74. Bradenton's Drew Angelo tied for second with a 75, and Bradenton's Bozhou Li tied for fourth with a 76.

Bradenton's Bin Zhong (86) tied for second in the boys 12-and-younger division.

In the girls 16-18 division, Zhen Xie finished in second place with an 83. She was one shot behind Osprey's Grace Gildner.

Bradenton's Alyssa Mercado (81) logged a second-place finish, ending up two shots behind Sarasota's Kali Plattner in the girls 13-15 division.

Lakewood Ranch's Katie Kroos-Roberts was in third with an 82.

In the girls 12-and-younger division, Bradenton's Sofia Torres won with an 87.

Bradenton's Sara Torres claimed the Futures Tour (9-holers) girls 10-and-younger crown with a 46.

Ellenton's Calvin Hedgepath's 44 was good for a tie for second place in the Futures Tour's boys 11-and-older division.

HOLES-IN-ONE

• On June 30 at IMG Academy, Chip Sines aced the 140-yard 17th hole with a 7-iron. Witnesses were Roger Deckinga and Frank Hiskes.

• On July 9 at River Wilderness, John McFadden aced the 17th hole with a 9-iron. Witnesses were Dick Snell and John Thacker.

• On July 10 at Esplanade, Bettye Bartholomay aced the 140-yard 8th hole with a 5-hybrid. Witnesses were Lynne Croshier, Pete Bartholomay and Wayne Croshier.

-- Jason Dill, Herald sports writer

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