U.S. Senior Open officials offer parking reminders
About 130,000 visitors are expected to move in and out of Edmond this week as they come to see championship golf at the 35th U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National. Tournament play begins Thursday and continues through Sunday.
Event organizers offered the following reminders and tips for parking best practices at the event:
• Spectator parking and transportation for the U.S. Senior Open is free and is minutes away from Oak Tree National at the northeast corner of the Kelly Avenue and Waterloo Road intersection.
Players scout Oak Tree National
Monday was the first day for official practice rounds of the 2014 U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National. Competition kicks off Thursday with the final round slated for Sunday.
And, practice it was as Champions Tour players took notes on every nook and cranny on the course, from the speed and slope of the greens to even the speed of the fairway grass.
“Most of the time (in practice rounds) we use it to get to know the course, but since I’m so familiar with it, I was mainly looking at lines and how the ball rolls farther in the fairway with the fairway’s cut lower,” said Bob Tway, who resides at Oak Tree in Edmond.
Masters champion Mize drops out of Senior Open
Larry Mize withdrew from the 2014 U.S. Senior Open Championship Sunday because of a back injury.
Mize, who won the 1997 Masters Tournament and has played in five U.S. Senior Opens — including a tie for eighth in 2010 — was fully exempt and will be replaced by Daniel Koesters, of Las Cruces, N.M., the first alternate from the Albuquerque, N.M., sectional qualifying site.
2014 U.S. Senior Open notebook
Oak Tree National
Who’s here — Among the 156 golfers in the 2014 U.S. Senior Open there are:
U.S. Senior Open champions (10): Olin Browne (2011), Brad Bryant (2007), Roger Chapman (2012), Dave Eichelberger (1999), Fred Funk (2009), Hale Irwin (1998, 2000), Peter Jacobsen (2004), Bernhard Langer (2010), Larry Laoretti (1992) and Kenny Perry (2013).
Comeback bid falls short in 9-7 loss
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox built a six-run lead through five innings and were able to withstand a late rally by the Oklahoma City RedHawks before winning 9-7 at Security Service Field Tuesday night.
For the first time in seven games, the RedHawks scored first. They took a 1-0 lead in the first inning after Marc Krauss drew a walk and Matt Duffy followed with a triple.
The Sky Sox used a big inning in the bottom of the second to take the lead. The Sky Sox began the inning with four straight hits. Each runner eventually scored to make it 4-1. Jackson Williams tied the game with a RBI double and Evan Frey followed with a go-ahead RBI single.
Ruckman elevated to associate head coach for Oklahoma Christian softball
Jessica Ruckman, who has worked on Oklahoma Christian’s softball coaching staff the past four seasons, has been elevated to associate head coach of the Lady Eagles, OC head coach Tom Heath said Tuesday.
Ruckman joined the OC staff before the 2011 season as a graduate assistant and became a full-time assistant coach before the 2012 campaign. She has played a key role in the program — both administratively and on the field — as it transitions from the NAIA into NCAA Division II.
Notables Couples, Stadler, withdraw from U.S. Senior Open
Fred Couples withdrew from the 2014 U.S. Senior Open Championship today because of a back injury. The tournament practice rounds start Monday at Oak Tree National with competition play running July 10-13.
Couples, the 2010 U.S. Senior Open runner-up, was fully exempt and will be replaced by John Harris, of Minneapolis, the first alternate from the Byron, Minn., sectional qualifying site. Harris is the winner of the 1993 U.S. Amateur Championship and a four-time USA Walker Cup Team member. He shot 74 at Somerby Golf Club June 12.
No Rust here, just another win
On June 14, Edmond’s Dillon Rust won a professional tournament at the Buffalo Run Prairie Moon Casino’s Classic in Miami with a 67-64 and a 1-stroke win over Trey Herring and Derek Tolan.
A week later at Bel Mar Golf Club in Norman, the Edmond Santa Fe/University of Central Oklahoma graduate won on the Adams Tour again, this time bagging $16,000 for the victory. He trailed Stanford graduate Andrew Yun by 3 shots heading into the final 18 June 21 before flipping the tables for a 3-stroke conquest.
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Former OC basketball standout Reinke signs with German pro team
Will Reinke isn’t done playing basketball quite yet.
The former Oklahoma Christian standout, who thought he’d given up on ever again playing pro basketball, instead has signed with Gotha of the Germany Pro A League. He will report to the German team in early August.
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