adidas hemp Long bring home Short Hills Am titles
EAST MOLINE Adam White is 2 for 2 on the Quad City Amateur Tour this summer.
For the second time in as many events in which he has played, the former St. Ambrose University golf standout walked away with a championship. On Sunday, White capped a relatively even keel trek to the Short Hills Amateur title at the par 72 East Moline country club.
By hitting 16 greens in regulation each day, White carded rounds of 71 71 142, which was three shots better than Mike Wuertz (74 71 145). Neither of those two, though, are QCAm Tour members this year. That left the title points going to third place finisher Dusty Drenth (77 71 148), who topped Ryan Sergeant (77 72 149) and Dave Schurke (71 78 149). Sergeant’s even par round was hardly as smooth as White’s finale. Sergeant had six birdies and an eagle to go with five pars, five bogeys and a triple bogey.
It appears as if Drenth and Sergeant will come up just short of earning the QCAm Tour sponsored spot in the upcoming John Deere Classic qualifier. That spot goes to the player with the best two finishes on Tour up to this point in the three events that have been contested. Former Bettendorf High School standout Matt Solis, who was second to Sergeant in points at the Quad City Amateur and won the Silvis Open, should be in line for that spot. He will join David Lawrence, last year’s QCAm Tour Player of the Year, in the pre qualifier on July 5 at Pinnacle Country Club, Milan.
White wasn’t second guessing himself for not being a QCAm Tour member this year,
noting scheduling conflicts probably would have kept him from playing in the qualifier anyway. He said that this could be his final start on the Am Tour this summer as well because of other conflicts.
If that is the case, he surely is going out on top, winning on two courses he knows very well Short Hills and Emeis, the latter serving as SAU’s home track.
“It’s always nice to win at your home course,” said White, in his third year as a Short Hills member after his 2009 SAU graduation. “Those are two of my favorite courses in the Quad Cities.”
White said that the familiarity factor was key in his round that was comprised of two bogeys in his opening nine of 38 and three birdies coming home for a 33.
“It helped out a lot,” said White. “With a lot of the pins they had, there were sides of the hole you want to be and sides you didn’t want to be. They play similar pins every tournament, so you have an idea of where you want to be. It helps out a lot.”
Seniors division: Mike Long took advantage of being home to win the Short Hills Am Seniors Flight title. And it had nothing to do with a home course advantage. Long was just happy to be home after a week long work trip to California that ended with him getting back to the Quads late Friday night.
“Maybe that slowed me down,” joked the 57 year old field rep for TaylorMade/Adidas. “It slowed down my brain. I didn’t have many expectations.”
For Long, it was a case of finally closing out a victory. He has held the midway lead a number of times the last few years and not been able to finish on Sunday. On Sunday, he left little doubt, tying for the day’s best senior flight score of 2 over 74 for a two day 152 total.
For his first QCAm Tour victory since last year’s CIPCO Am played at Palmer Hills and Crow Valley Golf Club, Long carded four birdies to offset two double bogeys and two bogeys.