Blog 176, 11/18/11 - Killmer Shoots Second-Round 71

killmersmallpingWith two rounds to go, Chris Killmer (right) is looking good at second-stage PGA Tour qualifying. Thursday's one-under 71 at Bear Creek GC in Murrieta, Calif., took the three-time Bellingham Amateur champ back to even-par for the tournament and into a tie for 28th, just two shots out of the top 19 and ties who advance to final qualifying at PGA West.
Killmer made four birdies and three bogeys in his second round, the birdies coming at the 2nd, 3rd, 8th and 12th holes, the bogeys at the 10th, 16th and 18th. He currently sits 13 strokes behind leader Daniel Summerhays who added a 66 to his opening 65. The nephew of Champions Tour player Bruce Summerhays enjoys a five-stroke lead over three men in second place, a trio that includes former British Open champion David Duval.
Killmer goes out in today's third round with South Carolina's Bronson La Cassie and Australia's Mark Hensby, winner of the 2004 John Deere Classic and a member of the 2005 International team at the Presidents Cup.
Scores here.

I was out of town all last week, checking out the new Champions Course at La Costa in Carlsbad, Calif. The Champions is really a major renovation of the old North Course part of which (a few holes from the South made up the resort's composite course) hosted the PGA Tour's Tournament of Champions from 1969 to 1998 and seven WGC Accenture Matchplay Championships between 1999 and 2006. Damian Pascuzzo, Jeff Brauer and 1988 Tournament of Champions winner and two-time Ryder Cupper Steve Pate carried out the alterations capping the course with seven inches of sand to improve drainage, making numerous other improvements and basically turning what always looked like a pretty dull course to me into a fantastic test that will entertain resort guests royally as well as challenge the world's best if and when big-time golf returns (the LPGA's Kia Classic returns to the South Course next year).
Anyway, point is I missed the Mexican Scramble at Lake Padden. Matt Cowell, Garrett Cummins, Scott McBeath and James Fox won the event with a Gross 61. The low Net team - Steve Larsen, Russ Robinson, Doug Akre and Greg Schenck, shot 58. Results here. The next event on the Winter Golf Tour is the Individual Stableford on November 19th.
And here is the final 2011 Money List from the men's club's summer season.

Lake Padden also published its Winter green fees. It's just $20 for 18 holes during the week, and $30 at weekends (twilight after 12pm at weekends - $20).

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