Golf Notes: Jerry Colangelo Hosts Annual Event, Jim Fuyrk Honored
The Jerry Colangelo Basketball Hall of Fame Golf Classic returns to The Wigwam Arizona in Litchfield Park on Friday for the fifth time.
More than 30 Hall of Fame basketball players and other basketball personalities are scheduled to participate, including:
Vinny Del Negro
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The tournament raises money for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Colangelo was elected to the Hall in 2004.
SURPRISE TEEN, SCOTTSDALE PRO TEAM UP FOR WIN
Patrick Fernandez, a Surprise teenager who attends Raymond S. Kellis High School, teamed up with Champions Tour professional and Scottsdale resident Michael Allen to win the team title at last weekend’s Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.
Paul Broadhurst birdied the par-5 18th to win the individual title.
“I’m so grateful to be out here, and to be at the top of the leaderboard is just a bonus. I’m thankful to all the sponsors, Nature Valley, The First Tee, and everyone that helped me get here,” said Fernandez. “The First Tee’s Nine Core Values are key. They teach you honesty, integrity, perseverance; really, the things you need in life.
The Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach is a unique Champions Tour event that pairs 81 juniors, ages 15-18, and 81 Champions Tour professionals in a 54-hole, gross-best-ball format. Fernandez was one of 23 junior golfers who made the cut to play the third and final round held on Sunday.
“We can’t be more excited for Patrick,” said Kevin Terry, Executive Director of The First Tee of Phoenix. “He’s earned every bit of this success. He is an exceptional student and leader, and we have no doubt he will use lessons he learned at The First Tee of Phoenix to continue to grow and succeed. We’re so proud of him.”
Fernandez has been a member of The First Tee of Phoenix for eight years.
Jim Fuyrk, the first golfer to shoot a 58 in a PGA Tour event, received the 2016 Payne Stewart Award on Tuesday night in Atlanta. The award is presented annually to the golfer who best exemplifies Stewart’s steadfast values of character, charity and sportsmanship. … the five LPGA major winners this year came from five different countries: New Zealand, Canada, the United States, Thailand and South Korea. The average age of the five major winners, at the moment they won their major, was 20.2 years. … Davis Love III will make his final Ryder Cup selection, his fourth and final captain’s pick, during halftime of the NFL game between the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys on NBC Sunday Night Football. The Ryder Cup week starts the next day at Hazeltine in Chaska, Minn.
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