Thursday, June 16, 2011

UGA Represented at U.S. Open (Not just Bubba)

Russell Henley

UGA senior Russell Henley, for the second year in a row, has qualified to play in the U.S. Open. Last year at the Open, which was played at Pebble Beach, he was the low amateur and finished 16th place overall (that's when Dustin Johnson hooked a ball about 287 yards left on a tee-shot and almost put a ball through a house). This year, Henley qualified for the Open by defeating PGA pro Jason Dufner at a qualifier in Cumming, which was played at Hawk's Ridge.

Here is Henley's tee time and pairing for Thursday's Round:

7:33 a.m.: Heath Slocum, Alpharetta, GA; Russell Henley (A), Macon, GA; Nicolas Colsaerts, Belgium

So, it's one of the first groups of the day, and his group will start off on hole-10. Actually, he may have already started by the time you are reading this. Heck, he may already be done with his round. Who knows?

Also qualifying for the U.S. Open is former Bulldog, Christo Greyling (circa 2000-04). Greyling, who is from South Africa, was high school buddies with former teen golf phenom, Ty Tryon (who ALSO qualified). Touted as an equally "can't miss" talent, Greyling's story is a bit compelling, as he has overcome serious depression issues (from taking Accutane, which severely effed up his game and mind) and has dealt with his father committing suicide in 2009, to finally make it to the big stage. Sounds like a feel-good story to me! Greyling will tee-off at 9:01 a.m.

The television coverage starts at 10 a.m. on ESPN and moves to NBC at 3 p.m.

NOW, for the main part of the is Andres Gonzales, who is a PGA rookie and also playing in the Open. I'll let the picture do the talking. Enjoy!

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