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Notes: Friesen glad to get call; only local in tourney

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Notes: Friesen glad to get call; only local in tourney

Pro golfer Scott Gutschewski of Omaha, right, talks with tour pro Jeff Klauk. Gutschewski is presently injured and not playing.


New dad Steve Friesen is glad his number came up to get into the Cox Classic.

Enough players ahead of him on the money list opted out of the tournament for the ex-Husker, ranked 179th, to be called to play.

Friesen said he's staying this week with local golf pro Justin Herron and that his wife and 2-month-old son will come up from Lincoln during the tournament.

Friesen is playing in Omaha for the seventh time. He made the cut in 2009 and 2011 and tied for 44th and 49th, respectively.

He's made only three of 14 cuts this season.

With Scott Gutschewski on a medical leave with foot problems and rookie John Hurley further down the money list, Friesen is the only homestate pro in the field.

Whit Watson in TV booth

Whit Watson will work the Cox Classic for the first time as the play-by-play man for the Golf Channel. He'll be in the booth with analyst Craig Perks.

Phil Blackmar is a tower announcer with Kay Cockerill and Stephanie Sparks as on-course reporters. The telecast times are 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Visitors win pro-am event

A team of players from outside the Omaha area won the TD Ameritrade Pro-Am on a steamy Wednesday at Champions Run.

Whee Kim was the professional for the Golf Channel-sponsored foursome of Chad Novotny, Jeff Locke, John Bozarth and Kurt Everett that shot 47 to lead the 52-team field.

Bozarth is a golf pro in the Kansas City area, where Everett is general manager of Heartland Golf Group.

The runner-up team, shooting 49, consisted of 2011 Cox Classic champion J.J. Killeen with the foursome of Rob Peters, Doug Riggert, Jeff Jorth and Bill Fix. In third, with a 50, was pro Josh Broadaway and the foursome of Chip Duden, Andy Damkroger, Jim Schelble and Blane Hunter.

Old Glory to wave on No. 18

The plan for the weekend rounds is to have an American flag attached to the pin on the 18th hole.

The tournament had guidelines posted at the check-in table for the pros as to how they and their caddies should properly handle the flag.

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