Gig Harbor’s Alivia Brown had a long wait to find out if she would survive out of stroke play at the U.S. Girls Junior Championship in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Brown, a senior-to-be at Bellarmine Prep, bogeyed her final hole in the morning wave to finish off a 9-over-par 81, dropping from near the top of the leaderboard.
But with Sycamore Hills Golf Club playing more difficult Tuesday, Brown had to wait to see if she would climb back into the top 64 to advance to match play.
Turns out she did — sort of. She fell into a nine-player-for-final-spot playoff – eventually being eliminated on the second hole, a long par 3, where Florida teenager Abbey Carlson hit her 3-wood tee shot close, and made a 2-foot putt for the decisive birdie.
Brown finished the tournament at 11-over 155. Elma’s Lauryn Keating also missed the cut, tying for 95th at 15-over 159.
FANS TO HAVE SAY ON PGA HOLE LOCATION
If Phil Mickelson and Ian Poulter don’t like the hole location for the par-3 15th at Oak Hill in the final round of the PGA Championship, they might want to take it up with the fans.
After all, the fans will decide where to put the pin.
The PGA of America announced a contest called “PGA Championship Pick the Hole Location Challenge Hosted by Jack Nicklaus.”
Fans can go to the PGA’s website — www.pga.com/pickthehole — through Aug. 10 to vote for one of four options for the hole location. The idea is to educate fans on how a course setup affects strategy, show them the kind of information on hole locations the players are given each day and let them participate in their own way in the PGA Championship.
The final major is Aug. 8-11.
Nicklaus won his record-tying fifth PGA Championship at Oak Hill in 1980 by seven shots over Andy Bean. That had been the largest margin of victory in the PGA Championship until Rory McIlroy won by eight last year at Kiawah Island.
“The idea came up, we spoke to Jack and he was very excited about it,” said Kerry Haigh, the chief championships officer for the PGA of America.
The 15th hole is 181 yards with bunkers to the left and water along the right side.
The fans won’t be able to put the flag wherever they want. Haigh said the 15th green has a number of options for pins, and he has selected four from which the fans can choose. They will not affect where he sets the hole location for the other three rounds.
“They will be four not used during the week,” he said. “It’s a green that does have plentiful locations because there’s water all the way down the length of the hole, and three bunkers. There isn’t an easy one. It’s difficult. And it’s sheltered by a tree on the left, so the wind will influence the shot.”
When fans go to the website, they can click one of the four hole locations to get a visual presentation, along with the audio of Nicklaus explaining the differences in how it could affect the shot.
“The chance for golf fans to interact with the PGA Championship and play a role in shaping the outcome of the final round fascinates me,” Nicklaus said. “It’s like being able to call the shots during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl.”
OLD CHAMPIONSHIP FEATURES OLD WINNERS
Mickelson contributed to an odd slice of history by winning the British Open at age 43. The last three winners of golf’s oldest championship were in their 40s, a streak that had not occurred in any major.
Ernie Els and Darren Clarke were 42 when they won at Royal Lytham and Royal St. George’s.
Meanwhile, the last three PGA Championship winners — Rory McIlroy, Keegan Bradley and Martin Kaymer — were in their 20s.