This week's Golf Plus column

All three locals in last week's United States Amateur missed the match play portion of the tournament.

Bradenton's Philip Knowles (73-74--147) joined IMG Academy alums' Rigel Fernandes (78-69--147) and Cristobal Del Solar (79-74--153) in missing the cut.

Southern Methodist University junior Bryson DeChambeau, who won the NCAA national title at The Concession Golf Club earlier this summer, won the event with a 7-and-6 victory over Derek Bard in Sunday's 36-hole final at Olympia Fields Country Club.

Lakewood Ranch and Florida State University alum Seath Lauer's 2015 PGA Tour Canada season has been a struggle. Lauer has missed three consecutive cuts, while racking up just $1,597 (Canadian) in earnings.

That places him No. 129 on the money list. The top five players at the end of the season earn Tour status for next season.

There are only four events left in the 2015 campaign, which concludes Sept. 17-20 with the Freedom 55 Financial Championship in London, Canada.

Bradenton's Gabrielle Tomeo tied for fourth place in the recent Florida State Golf Association's Florida Junior Tour event at Kingsway Country Club in Lake Suzy.

Tomeo carded a 75-80--155 to finish 13 shots behind Seminole's Alyssa Lamoureux, who breezed to a five-shot victory in the girls 13-15 year old tournament.

Bradenton's Max Coutsolioutsos tied for seventh place in the boys 13-15 division after a pair of 77s.

Boca Raton's Luke Gifford won the tournament with a 71-74--145.

Former PGA Tour regular Ryuji Imada captured the West Florida Golf Tour's Winter Haven Challenge at the Country Club of Winter Haven on Wednesday.

Imada fired an 11-under par 205 total for the 54-hole, three-day tournament to best Edward Figueroa, of Naples, by one shot.

Bradenton's Scott Lamb tied for fifth place for the best finish by a local player.

The WFGT returns to the area with next week's three-day tourney at TPC Prestancia in Sarasota. There are two events remaining, before the season-ending Summer Tour Championship at Lecanto's Black Diamond Ranch at the end of September.

The top three players on the points list following the Summer Tour Championship earn a $2,000 bonus. Bradenton's Domenico Geminiani leads the way, and has earned more than $13,000 in 11 starts.


On Aug. 23 at Pinebrook-Ironwood, Emily Capsuto aced the 113-yard 12th hole with a driver. Witnesses were Nick May.


On Aug. 23 at River Wilderness, Herald sports writer Jason Dill aced the 171-yard 17th hole with a 5-iron. Witnesses were David Dill and Mike Sherman. This was Jason's first hole-in-one. The staff at the Herald would like to say, congrats, Jason!

-- Jason Dill, Herald sports writer