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Airman laid to rest 6 decades after death
Unchecked tears rolled down Paul Martin’s lined face as he clutched the hand of an Air Force servicewoman who handed him a handwritten note at the graveside service for his older brother.
The note said simply it was an honor to attend the burial of Airman 3rd Class Howard E. Martin six decades after the Globemaster miliary transport plane he was on crashed into the side of an Alaskan glacier.
Confidence building for Sauers
At one point Saturday in the U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National, the leader going in Colin Montgomerie built up a 5-shot lead.
But that didn’t even faze Gene Sauers.
Sauers, who shot 69 in the first two rounds, fired up his engine despite bogeying the first hole.
On the par 5 12th, he zeroed in an approach shot and with a smooth putting stroke, dropped in a 12-footer for birdie.
At the par 3 13th, he missed the green right but nearly chipped in and tapped in for a par.
On 14, he hit the fairway bunker right, then went into the rough left before going into a greenside bunker, where, he chipped up and down for par.
The confidence was built.
Mad dash to Sunday’s championship top spot
Tee times for the final round of the 2014 U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National begin Sunday at 7:20 a.m. with Billy Andrade and Philip Golding kicking things off.
Edmond’s Willie Wood is paired with Damon Green at 8:10 and Bob Tway of Oak Tree will tee it up at 8:50 alongside John Riegger. Gil Morgan will tee off at 9:20 with 2013 U.S. Senior Open defending champion Kenny Perry.
Tway gets to minus-3 in round before last 4 holes
After shooting a 3-over-par 74 Thursday in the opening round of the U.S. Senior Open, Edmond’s Bob Tway began Friday in a much higher gear at Oak Tree National.
Starting his round on 10, Tway birdied 12, 15 and 18 with one bogey. On his last 9 holes, he made up for the bogey with a birdie on 5 to get to minus-3 for the day but the wheels came off beginning with No. 6. The former Oklahoma State standout went bogey, bogey, bogey and then missed his tee shot left in the trees on 9. He punched out over the fairway into the right rough. The rough then caused his third shot to fall short, thus getting up and down for a double-bogey and a 2-over-par 73.
Oak Tree golfers sputter, but still have life
Edmond’s Gil Morgan, the highest rank in age of the four Oak Tree players partaking in the U.S. Senior Open at 67, is just 1-over-par going into Friday’s second round at Oak Tree National.
Bob Tway and Willie Wood ensued with 3-over-par 74s and Scott Verplank shot a 4-over-par 75 Thursday in the opening round.
“I actually played fairly decent, I guess,” Morgan said after walking off the 18th green Thursday. “I guess I had two, three kind of foul balls but ... I had three, four putts if I could just hit it a little harder I would have made them.”
Montgomerie no overnight success
It’s pretty much a consensus of opinion that Bernhard Langer is the favorite to capture the 35th U.S. Senior Open Championship at Oak Tree this week. But in the same breath, Colin Montgomerie of Great Britain is considered a solid contender to lift the championship trophy on Sunday.
“Who me?” asked Montgomerie. “You do know that it took me 22 years to finally win a 72-hole stroke play event in the states,” he said, referring to his four-stroke victory in the Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores. Montgomerie shot a 6-under-par 65 in the final round.
Langer ready for challenge
Bernhard Langer is ready for the challenge presented by the Oak Tree National golf course in his quest for yet another championship on U.S. soil.
The answer is Yes!
“If our futball (I know you call it soccer) team is ready to challenge for the World Cup, can I do any less? But they don’t have to play at Oak Tree,” he added.
All in the family
When golfers tee off for the 35th U.S. Senior Open Championship golf tournament at the immaculate yet challenging Oak Tree National course, brothers Jay and Jerry Haas will be just the eighth set of brothers to compete in the U.S. Senior Open, the first since Bobby and Lanny Watkins in 2009.
Older brother Jay, 60, is familiar with Oak Tree having won the 2006 Senior PGA Championship and was also in the field for the 1988 PGA Championship. For little brother Jerry, 50, the golf coach at Wake Forest University, it will be his first time as a member of the Champions Tour.
USGA lauds Oak Tree National, Edmond community
The United States Golf Association was born in New York City in December of 1894 with the purpose of executing national golf championships.
“To conduct that championship schedule, we need great clubs that are, of course, committed and dedicated to our mission and the championship test that you’re going to hear about today from Dan (Burton, USGA Championship Committe Chairman) and Jeff (Hall, USGA managing director of Rules and Competitions) and what we’re trying to achieve to identify these great players,” Tom O’Toole Jr. said Wednesday, who is the president of the USGA.
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