Jim White's best bet to get into the U.S. Senior Open field appears to be someone withdrawing while warming up for the first round July 11 at Omaha Country Club.
The Lincoln club pro is reportedly 22nd on the alternate list. At the ArborLinks sectional last month in Nebraska City, he won a playoff to be the sectional's first alternate.
White would get in if one of the three ArborLinks qualifiers withdraws. This includes ex-Husker golfer Steve Gotsche and amateurs Mark Elliott and Rex Hughes. If none drops out, then it's unlikely White's number would come up.
His final option would be going to the course for the first round, hoping no one ahead of him on the alternate list is playing the same waiting game and seeing if there is a last-minute withdrawal.
White is head pro at the West Nine and Learning Center at Firethorn in Lincoln. The 63-year-old Hastings, Neb., native has played in seven PGA Championships, three U.S. Opens, eight Senior PGA Championships and four Senior Opens.
He joined OCC head professional Tony Pesavento in analyzing the golf course for The World-Herald's special U.S. Senior Open section that comes out Sunday.
Riverfront course still in discussion
Visions of a riverfront golf course for Omaha weren't washed away, after all, by the Missouri River flood two years ago.
Proponents of the project, including ex-Mayor Hal Daub and golf historian Gary Wiren (an ex-Omahan), recently presented an update at Happy Hollow Club.
The first stage of their proposed public-private venture costing $50 million to $60 million would be the course, which could cost $20 million to acquire land and build. Project coordinator Gregg Dress of Omaha said that estimate includes a pumping system comparable to what's at River's Edge park in Council Bluffs.
Cox Classic won't get prime spot in 2014
Call it a one-time shot for the Cox Classic as the tournament that closes the regular season on the Web.com Tour and determines the first 25 promotions to the next year's PGA Tour.
The tour recently announced that a new event, the Portland (Ore.) Open, will occupy that plum spot for three years beginning in 2014. The tournament will be played at Pumpkin Ridge, which has hosted a U.S. Amateur, U.S. Women's Open and the 1994 Nike Tour championship.
Meuret lone junior qualifier from state
Sam Meuret of Brunswick, Neb., qualified Monday at Lincoln's Yankee Hill Country Club for the U.S. Junior Amateur. Meuret was medalist in the sectional qualifier with a score of 1-under-par 141. Clayton Peterson of Lincoln is the first alternate.
The U.S. Junior Amateur is July 22 to 27 at Martis Camp in Truckee, Calif.
No Nebraskans advanced in the sectional qualifying at Elks Country Club in Columbus for the U.S. Girls Junior Amateur. The qualifiers were Chandler Gallagher of Kansas City, Mo., and Audrey Judd of Olathe, Kan. Their national tournament is July 22 to 27 in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Boys: Sam Meuret, Brunswick, Neb., 72-69—141; Clayton Peterson, Lincoln, 68-74—142; Sean Song, Omaha, 72-74—146; Rylee Reinertson, Gibbon, Neb., 74-73—147; Manuel Torres, Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla., 80-69—149; Andrew Chu, Henderson, Nev., 77-73—150; Tanner Owen, Parkville, Mo., 78-73—151; Brock Falley, Topeka, Kan., 77-77—154; Trey Petitt, Lincoln, 76-78—154; Clayton Malone, Lincoln, 80-75—155; Matthew Unruh, Lincoln, 83-74—157; Josh Wilson, Papillion, 77-85—162; Max Kiely, Lincoln, 81-83—164; Jeffrey Paschal, Papillion, 89-79—168; Caleb Moyer, Cambridge, Neb., 89-86—175.
Girls: Chandler Gallagher, Kansas City, Mo., 38-38—76; Audrey Judd, Olathe, Kan., 37-40—77; Elizaveta Freed, Alexandria, Va., 38-40—78; Jean Tyrrell, Leawood, Kan., 40-39—79; Haley Thiele, Wahoo, Neb., 40-40—80; Megan Furtney, South Elgin, Ill., 38-43—81; Abigail Shaddix, Garden City, Kan., 39-43—82; Mia Tovkach, Olathe, Kan., 42-44—86; Rachele Miller, Bettendorf, Iowa, 42-46—88; Madeleine Koenig, Lincoln, 42-48—90; Jordan Rehkow, Lee's Summit, Mo., 46-46—92; Megan McConnell, Santa Rosa, Calif., 52-47—99; Sarah Jo Pravecek, Omaha, WD.
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