Golf Plus | Chris Kennedy, Sean Jacklin move on in Tour Q-School stages


The journey to the Tour will continue for Lakewood Ranch's Chris Kennedy and Bradenton's Sean Jacklin after last week's first stage of Qualifying School held at The Breakers Rees Jones Course in West Palm Beach.

Kennedy fired a 2-under-par 286 for the 72-hole tournament to tie for 16th place. Only the top 31 and ties advanced to next month's second stage. Jacklin tied for 24th with an even-par 288 total.

Bradenton's Hampton Ballard (tie for 62nd) joined Lakewood Ranch High and Florida State University alum Seath Lauer (tie for 58th at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.) as players who failed to progress from one of the three first stage venues last week.

The second stage is scheduled for three sites Nov. 11-14 and three additional spots Nov. 18-21. The qualifiers there will vie for a 2015 Tour card at the Q-School Finals held Dec. 11-16 in Palm Beach Gardens at PGA National.

The 17th annual City of Bradenton Men's Amateur Championship is slated for Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 8-9, at River Run Golf Links. The 36-hole tournament's entry fee is $85 and includes greens fees, continental breakfast both days, tee prizes and lunch following Sunday's final round.

It's an individual stroke-play tournament in which players are flighted after 18 holes. Tee times are scheduled to run between 7:28 a.m. and 8:59 a.m. each day, with an embroidered Nike golf bag awarded to each flight winner.

Practice rounds are available up to a week before the tournament at a $19.95 rate for registered players.

The deadline for registration is Nov. 5 and is limited to the first 128 entries. Contact River Run at 941-708-8459 for more information.

Former Lakewood Ranch High standout Danny Walker wrapped up the fall portion of his freshman season with the University of Virginia men's golf team this past weekend. Walker fired a 1-over 217 total for the 54-hole tournament to tie for 25th place at the U.S. Collegiate Championship at The Golf Club of Georgia's Lakeside Course. The Cavaliers took second place as a team, finishing one shot behind Texas.

IMG Academy alum Cheng-Tsung Pan, a University of Washington senior, also competed and logged the best finish among local players in the field with a tie for third place. Pan had two 67s in compiling a 7-under 209 total.


On Oct. 16 at Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club, Kevyn Rakowski aced the 127-yard 7th hole on the Royal Lakes course with a 7-wood. Witness was Sharon Cofield.

On Oct. 16 at Rosedale, Cheryl Moyer aced the 123-yard 4th hole with a 7-wood. Witnesses were Judy Fischer and Carole Parke.

-- Jason Dill, Herald sports writer