Brandon Carlson Shoots 9-under
The 2016 Falcon Amateur was hosted by Falcon Dunes Golf Course on Thursday June 23rd and Friday the 24th and featured a field of many of the top amateur golfers from across the state. For those unfamiliar with the property, Falcon Dunes is one of the top military golf facilities in the country and as it sits directly next to Luke Air Force Base, provides day long flyovers and entertainment for golfers and tournament goers. Though the surrounding sights and sounds provided for quality entertainment, the awaiting golf course featured a stern but fair test for the players. One player in particular however, could not wait to get out and hit that first tee shot.
With the golf course playing as it was and the inclusion of little to no wind, scores were expected to be somewhat low. No one saw Brandon Carlson’s opening nine score of 28 coming. Ultimately leading to a 65 and one shot lead over two competitors after day one, Brandon had this to say about his unbelievable front nine,
“Shooting the 28 was pretty awesome! I started on hole 1 the first round and I actually hooked my opening tee shot into the desert and chipped out and maybe about a 15-20 footer for par. I then went on to birdie the next 3, two of the birds were both from inside 5 feet and the other was about a 15 footer. I made a good up and down on the long par 3 5th, and then I just went off and birdied the next 4. I literally made every putt on the front 9. I only had 9 putts. I even rolled in about a 30 footer on hole 8. When I made the turn I got ahead of myself and was thinking wow I have a legit chance at shooting 59 today. Unfortunately, I did not, but it was a good learning experience for me to be in that position to shoot 59, and to know to just take one shot at a time and not get ahead of myself. I still finished the round out with a good score of 65 and one shot lead going into the final round.”
The second round provided a day much like the first, hot conditions and little to no wind. Carlson knew he would have to put together another solid performance to stave off his challengers, many of whom were within 3 shots. He proved up to the test. The newly turned 21-year-old from Gilbert who attends Southern Illinois University, shot 33,35(68) respectively, on his way to a two-day total of 133, good enough for a two-shot victory over Will Twitty and Kameron O’Nan. When asked about his approach and mindset going into the event Carlson responded,
“This was the first time I played this tournament and also the first time that I saw the course. The first round was almost like a practice round for me. With my tee shots, I just hit where I could see because I did not know what was up there. This course was also fairly short and I hit the ball a long way so I knew if I laid up off the tee I would have a short iron into the greens still. I also had a lot of confidence in my putting. I knew if I just put it in the green somewhere around the hole I would have a good chance at making the putt. The weather was perfect the early morning tee time helped out with the Arizona heat. Both rounds the wind started to pick up towards the end but it was not much of an issue just a calm breeze.”
Ultimately it was this calm demeanor and ahead-of-his-years patience that led Brandon to the Falcon Am title. When questioned about future aspirations and goals Brandon replied,
“At this time I am not sure whether or not I will try to turn pro after school. We will see how my senior season goes. One of my goals is to qualify for the US Amateur in a few weeks at Arrowhead Country Club. I am carrying some good momentum going into the qualifier after this win so I look forward to playing in it. If I do not choose to play golf professionally after school, I am studying Health Care Management at SIU and plan to work somewhere in the health field.”
Arizona Golf would again like to congratulate Brandon as well as thank all of the participants for another successful Falcon Am. Hope to see everyone again next year.
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What was the Correct Ruling on Dustin Johnson?
USGA STATEMENT REGARDING DUSTIN JOHNSON RULING
The USGA wishes to congratulate Dustin Johnson on his victory and thank him, and the other players in the field, for their professionalism and grace throughout the championship. Dustin is a wonderful champion, a talented golfer and a gentleman.
Our team at the USGA has seen and heard a great deal of discussion and debate about the ruling on Dustin’s ball moving during the final round of the 2016 U.S. Open Championship at Oakmont Country Club. In addition to the explanations we offered upon the conclusion of the final round, we add these comments.
Upon reflection, we regret the distraction caused by our decision to wait until the end of the round to decide on the ruling. It is normal for rulings based on video evidence to await the end of a round, when the matter can be discussed with the player before the score card is returned. While our focus on getting the ruling correct was appropriate, we created uncertainty about where players stood on the leader board after we informed Dustin on the 12th tee that his actions on the fifth green might lead to a penalty. This created unnecessary ambiguity for Dustin and the other players, as well as spectators on-site, and those watching and listening on television and digital channels.
During any competition, the priority for Rules officials is to make the correct ruling for the protection of the player(s) involved and the entire field. In applying Rule 18-2, which deals with a ball at rest that moves, officials consider all the relevant evidence – including the player’s actions, the time between those actions and the movement of the ball, the lie of the ball, and course and weather conditions. If that evidence, considered together, shows that it is more likely than not that the player’s actions caused the ball to move, the player incurs a one-stroke penalty. Officials use this “more likely than not” standard because it is not always apparent what caused the ball to move. Such situations require a review of the evidence, with Decision 18-2/0.5 providing guidance on how the evidence should be weighed.
Our officials reviewed the video of Dustin on the fifth green and determined that based on the weight of the evidence, it was more likely than not that Dustin caused his ball to move. Dustin’s putter contacted the ground at the side of the ball, and almost immediately after, the ball moved.
We accept that not everyone will agree that Dustin caused his ball to move. Issues under Rule 18-2 often require a judgment where there is some uncertainty, and this was one of those instances. We also understand that some people may disagree with Rule 18-2 itself. While we respect the viewpoints of those who disagree, our Committee made a careful and collective judgment in its pursuit of a fair competition played under the Rules of Golf.
In keeping with our commitment to excellence in all aspects of our work on behalf of the game of golf, we pledge to closely examine our procedures in this matter. We will assess our procedures for handling video review, the timing of such, and our communication with players to make sure that when confronted with such a situation again, we will have a better process.
We at the USGA deeply appreciate the support of players, fans, and the entire golf community of our championships and our other work for golf – and we appreciate your feedback as well. We have established an email address ([email protected]) and phone mailbox (908-326-1857) to receive comments. We thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts.
We all share an abiding love of this great game. Let us continue to work together for its good.
New Director of Instruction for the PGA Learning Center
The PGA Tour and the PGA of America decided to come together in a joint effort to create the PGA Learning Centers. The PGA Leanring Center at the Legends of Arrowhead Golf Course welcomes their new Director of Instruction, Wesley Gleason. The following is a letter Gleason:
“Just a little bit about me…I was born on a brisk Spring morning in New England just as a slight hush grew over the crowd in the waiting room…skip forward a couple decades…and here I am! That was, what I call, the “non-drowsy” version. If you are having difficulty sleeping or if you really want to know a little more about me please read on. First, I have been playing golf all but the first two years of my life. This means I played my first round in diapers and I hope to play my last round in diapers as well! As you probably have already assumed I root for all Boston teams and since I graduated from the University of Notre Dame I root for the Irish as well…please don’t hold any of that against me! I’ve worked at some of the most prestigious golf courses in the world, a list that includes Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, The Phoenician, and Sedona Golf Resort. Golf has given me so much in my life and I just hope to return the favor. I love this game not just for the passion it instills in me but also for the life-lessons I have learned along the way. I learned more about sportsmanship, competition and patience in 18 holes of golf than I did in all of high school. Who can relate?!? I mean it’s tough losing to your buddy as you three putt from six feet to lose the match…and it’s even tougher to shake his hand right after with a smile on your face instead of screaming at the top of your lungs. As you can imagine I have many stories from this wonderful game that I hope to share with you on our journey to better golf.
Couple of upcoming events/programs that you may want to know about:
I am offering a free 30 minute clinic once a week, on various days of the week throughout the month, where we will focus on one part of the game per session. The first one starts this Saturday at noon…where we will be working on the Short Game and how to fix the Yips! This clinic is free and only open to all of you that have purchased the range pass here at The Legend of Arrowhead Golf Course. Luckily it will only be 115 that day…maybe I should call it a survival clinic!
I offer lessons to complete beginners, in our Get Golf Ready Plus Program, which is 6 hours of instruction, over four different days, for $249. These 6 hours encompasses everything from where to go to check in before your tee time to playing on the golf course. My goal is to have you looking and acting like you know what you’re doing by the end of the program! Sign-ups are on the PGA Learning Center logo in my signature below…
For all of you with kids, PGA Junior League Camps are set up over the next two months here at your course…I want to warn all adults there will be lots of kids having way too much fun out here! There are two types of camps Full Day and Half Day…the Half Day classes seem to be the option of choice probably since it can be pretty warm here in Phoenix in the afternoons. Sign-ups are on the PGA Junior League Camp website www.pgajuniorgolfcamps.com
My purpose behind this email is to inform you of the upcoming events and to let you know that I am here for you. I am fortunate to be a part of the family here at The Legend at Arrowhead Golf Course and I hope to help us be the best golf course on Planet Earth!”
Thank you and Go Irish!
Wesley Gleason, PGA Director of Golf Instruction PGA Learning Center at The Legend at Arrowhead Golf Course 21027 N. 67th Ave. Glendale, AZ 85308 T. 623.201.0208
Antigua Player Development Tour
The new Antigua Player Development Tour (APDT) is set to get underway on July 6-9 at Orange Tree Golf Course. The five event series will be played at some of the finest golf courses in Scottsdale Golf Group’s portfolio and will run through early August.
There’s a new professional mini-tour in the Valley of the Sun — the Antigua Player Development Tour. The five-event professional tour will get underway on July 6 at Orange Tree Golf Course in Scottsdale. Each event will be a 54-hole, no cut tournament, Thursday – Saturday with a practice round prior to tournament action on Wednesdays. Entry fee is $600 per event with @90% of the entry fees being placed in the tournament purse. The Antigua Player Development Tour schedule includes — July 6-9 at Orange Tree Golf Course, July 13-16 at Legend Trail Golf Club, July 20-23 at Corte Bella Golf Club, the Pete Dye-designed Red Mountain Ranch CC will host an APDT event on July 27-30 and final tournament action will be played at Hillcrest Golf Club on August 3-6.
For more information, visit www.antiguaplayerstour.com or call (800) 472-5007.
AGA Golf Days at ASU Karsten is Sold Out
Spend your Saturday morning with 18 holes of golf, range balls and a cart, an AGA Swag Bag with a sleeve of balls, $50 Tathata gift card & more for only $40!