AGA’s Brad Wayment and Ken Tanigawa set to tee off at U.S. Senior Open Championship
AGA’s Brad Wayment and Ken Tanigawa set to tee off at U.S Senior Open Championship
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO: The first round of the U.S Senior Open got underway this morning and AGA’s Brad Wayment and, two-time Arizona Amateur Champion, Ken Tanigawa are among the field of 156 players challenging the greens.
Brad Wayment, of Mesa, was the first of 25 amateurs to make this year’s 39th U.S. Senior Open Championship field. It took a three-hole, sudden-death playoff to secure the second and final qualifying spot at Omni Tucson National Resort. The 2017 Arizona Player’s Cup Champion carded a 3-under on the par-73 course, driving what would become a seven- for-one playoff. This will be his first USGA Championship appearance.
Less than a year ago, Ken Tanigawa, of Scottsdale, was hoisting the Arizona Amateur Championship trophy. Today, he tees off at the U.S. Senior Open Championship midway through his rookie year on the PGA Champions TOUR.
The 1990 UCLA collegiate player spent 11 years playing professionally in Australia, Japan, and Web.com TOUR. In the early 2000s, Tanigawa returned to Arizona to start a business with his brother. In 2012, he reinstated his amateur status and triumphantly navigated the AGA TOUR. He won two Arizona Amateur Championships, as well as two Arizona Mid- Amateur Championships. He competed in two USGA Mid-Amateurs and a U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship.
Tanigawa’s top-five finish at TPC Scottsdale at the Champions TOUR Q-School, this past December, gained him a fully exempt 2018 season. Currently ranked 57 on the Charles Schwab Cup Money List, Tanigawa has recorded one top 10 finish along with two top 20 performances, during his first year back as a professional.
The U.S Senior Open Championship will take place Thursday through Sunday (June 28-July1) at Broadmoor Golf Club in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The 72-hole stroke play championship will begin with 156 players, playing 2 rounds, with a cut after 36 holes to the low 60 players and ties.