Emailed entries will be taken until noon Tuesday for the 81st World-Herald Publinks as first-round pairings and the tee times for Saturday’s Don Lee Championship Flight qualifying tournament are set to appear in Wednesday editions.
The Publinks committee, which collected entries Monday from the 21 participating courses, extended the entry deadline to accommodate those whose plans might have been affected by severe weather early Monday morning.
Entries must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. They must include the golfer’s name, home address, phone numbers (cell/home/work), age and, most important, home course and average score. Also, for men age 55 and older, they need to designate whether they want in the regular flights or the seniors flights.
For those who qualify on Saturday at Johnny Goodman for the Don Lee Flight, tee times will be available for first-round matches from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday at Dodge Riverside in Council Bluffs.
First-round matches in all flights must be completed by June 4.
Publinks results and queries will be taken at email@example.com or at 402-444-1041.
Another unknown wins a senior major
It's too early to know whether the newest major-championship winner in senior golf will come to Omaha for the U.S. Senior Open.
After all, Sunday's victory at the Senior PGA Championship for Japan's Kohki Idoki (Ko-kee Eye-doe-kee) marked the 51-year-old's first visit to the United States.
Here's what we know about Idoki:
He's listed at 5-foot-5 and 136 pounds.
He led the Japanese Tour 10 straight years in driving accuracy.
He won twice on the Japanese Tour, but not since 1993.
He loves American restaurants and outdoor dining — that should be a big selling point for getting him to Omaha.
He came to St. Louis for the Senior PGA at the urging of Japanese senior pro Joe Osaki. “I prefer to just stay in Japan,” Idoki said through an interpreter at the champion's press conference Sunday.
He's also the second obscure golfer in as many years to start the seniors' majors schedule with a win, following England's Roger Chapman last year at the Senior PGA.
Senior Open to hold Military Day on July 9
All military personnel, both active and retired, and their families will be guests of the U.S. Senior Open for the July 9 practice round at Omaha Country Club.
Military Appreciation Day will include the Dennis Walters Golf Show at 2 p.m. on the practice range. Walters, a paralyzed golfer who is an honorary life member of the PGA of America, conducts a one-hour show that includes a trick-shot routine featuring his dog Bucky.
Military personnel will be able to secure their tickets, with proper ID, at the admissions gate. For parking information, visit www.2013ussenioropen.com.
Military Appreciation Day runs in conjunction with the USGA's initiative that provides free admission during tournament week for all kids 17 and under when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Each ticketed adult can bring up to nine kids.
“Omaha Country Club and the U.S. Senior Open are proud to host servicemen and servicewomen throughout the country at our national championship,” Senior Open Vice Chairman Robert Myers said in a press release. “This is just a small token of our sincere appreciation for those who serve our country.”
ESPN2 to show early Senior Open rounds
The USGA last week announced that the Senior Open's first and second rounds (July 11 and 12) will go to ESPN2 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
NBC Sports will broadcast the third and fourth rounds (July 13 and 14) from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., preceded each day by a 30-minute pre-round program at 1:30 p.m.
Friday is deadline for city juniors
Registration for the Omaha Junior Golf Clinic continues through Friday. The free clinics for boys and girls ages 8 to 14, which have been sponsored by the city and The World-Herald since 1951, will be June 10, 11 and 12 at Johnny Goodman Golf Course and Schmidley's Driving Range, 4700 N. 120th St.
Clinic participation is required to play in the city junior tournament, which has qualifying on June 24 and the finals on June 27. To register for the clinics, call the city golf office at 402-444-5953 between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. by Friday.