Golf Plus | Philip Knowles qualifies for U.S. Amateur, beating former teammate by one stroke


Philip Knowles is heading back to the United States Amateur. The recent Bradenton Christian graduate snagged the only qualifying berth available at the Verandah Club's Whispering Oak Course on Tuesday in Fort Myers.

Knowles fired rounds of 66-72--138 to earn medalist honors in the qualifier held Monday and Tuesday. He pipped former BCS teammate Jordan Miller by one shot. Miller was awarded the first alternate position.

Last year, Knowles qualified for the U.S. Amateur that was held at the Atlanta Athletic Club, where he failed to make the match play cut.

This year's U.S. Amateur is Aug. 17-23 at Olympia Fields in the Chicago area. To get there, Knowles launched a seven-birdie barrage at the Verandah Club in Monday's first round, before holding on in the back nine in Tuesday's final round. The last nine included an eagle, when he holed a 120-yard wedge, and three straight pars to finish off the one-shot victory.

Bobby Jones Golf Club in Sarasota is holding a golf camp Aug. 10-12 for golfers ages 8-18. The camp rate is $100 per student and includes 2  1/2 hours of instruction for three days with a PGA professional. A lunch is served following the clinic. For more information, contact the golf shop at 941-954-4163.

Three players are tied for the lead at the West Florida Golf Tour's 54-hole event at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club's Royal Lakes Course following Wednesday's second round.

Lakewood Ranch's Adam Hogue (67-68--135) is joined at the top by Parkland's Carl McCauley and Fort Myers' Jeremy Wells. Bradenton's Domenico Geminiani, who leads the Summer Tour points race, leaped to a tie for fourth place following a 66 on Tuesday, which was tied for the day's best round.


On May 24 at Terra Ceia, Debby Teat aced the 92-yard 11th hole with an 8-hybrid. Witnesses were Carol Delaney, Barbara Beach and Charlotte Hull.

On June 3 at Greens of Manatee, Joe Accetura aced the 109-yard 16th hole with an 8-iron. Witnesses were Bill Lagoy and Jim Pawlak.

On July 1 at The River Club, Janet Ladwig aced the 107-yard 2nd hole with a 7-iron. Witnesses were Mark Ladwig and Warren Mehrtens.

On July 7 at River Run, Mike Knowles aced the 130-yard 5th hole with a 9-iron. Witnesses were Don Finch, Chuck McMurtory and Win Oswalt.

On July 12 at Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club, Paul Soni aced the 161-yard 6th hole on the Cypress Links course with a 6-iron. Witness was Bryane Soni.

-- Jason Dill, Herald staff writer