An avid Californian pulled off a streak of coast-to-coast qualifying wins in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open qualifiers Tuesday at The Links at Hiawatha Landing.
Tim Pogue, of Windsor, Sonoma County, made eight birdies at Appalachian Golf Course in a round of 64 and closed three birders ahead of next place in a field of contenders seeking one of the last four berths in the $2.1 million tournament. .
Pugh — who has worked as a freight forwarder since 1999, loading cargo on and off ships in Oakland — told pgatour.com that he slept in a truck Monday night after making a long trip from California to Syracuse, then driving the last 90 minutes to get to Binghamton.
“Thank God the guy at (the rental office) gave me a pickup,” Pugh told the website. “As a stevedorman, we sleep a lot in our cars, so I have a lot of training.”
When Bogue isn’t offloading, he’s a California golf coach who also frequents the leather games near his home. Bogue has reached the final stage of the Q-School for the PGA Tour Champions three different times, but has not entered the ring full time. His best Q-School result was a T56 in 2019.
Also starting in Friday’s opening round at En-Joie Golf were Ricardo Gonzalez (67), and out of a seven-game playoff, Andrew Johnson and Michael Mohr (69).
Bogue was aged 1 under through six holes before making Byrdie in six of the next seven. He commented on Birdie at par-5 18 and will have the second PGA Tour Champions kick off in several weeks.
In last week’s Boeing Classic qualifiers, the Birdie Eagle finished for one of four aircraft under the age of sixty-six. He proceeded to shoot a 76-75-75 (T68) at the club at Snoqualmie Ridge outside Seattle, his first round since the 2018 US Open (75-76 missed the cut).
Gonzalez, from Argentina, was equally at 7th and 4th under the 12th green tee. He cheated on the 14th but made Eagle 3 at the end.
His three top tour entries this season include T20 at the PGA Senior Championship in late May. He participated in the seventh place in the British Open Football Championship 2021.
Johnson (Maitland, Florida) played in the front side up and made three 12-inch birds. Mohr (Bethesda, MD) succeeded in the playoff despite playing the last six holes in one game.
Dick’s Sporting Goods Open Champion twice knocked out the Open qualifiers: Doug Barron in 2019 and Willie Wood in 2012.
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