Making the Rounds: Memorial has been pipeline to PGA Tour

Published: Wednesday, May. 22, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 6C
Last Modified: Wednesday, May. 22, 2013 - 9:25 am

Who will be the next Memorial Amateur participant to play his way onto the PGA Tour like Matt Bettencourt, Derek Ernst, Spencer Levin and Cameron Tringale before him?

It's impossible to say, which is one of the great things about the fickle nature of golf.

It won't be Dave Baskins, but it could be one of his playing companions. Baskins, 60, took his shot at pro golf 30-plus years ago after a stellar college career at Stanford and still loves mixing it up with the new wave.

Saturday at Ancil Hoffman, starting at 9:10 a.m., Sacramento's Baskins will tee it up in a power group that includes Cameron Champ, Hunter Rappleye and Alex Edfort.

Sacramento's Champ is the seventh-ranked junior in the country and verbally committed to Texas A&M. Elk Grove's Rappleye is headed to Saint Mary's a year after qualifying for both the U.S. Junior and U.S. Amateur. Edfort, a senior at Pacific, is the 2011-12 Big West Conference Player of the Year.

Ernst, the 2009 Memorial winner, won the PGA Tour's Wells Fargo Championship earlier this year, joining Bettencourt as former Memorial participants who have won on tour.

"It's gratifying," Memorial tournament director John Rochelle said of the accomplishments of the tournament's graduates. Rochelle founded the Memorial in 1998.

Also in the 112-player field that features 10 players with handicap indexes lower than +2.0:

• UC Davis' Tyler Raber (El Macero) and Sacramento State's Jordan Weir (El Dorado Hills), who competed in last week's NCAA Men's Division I regionals.

• Cameron Park's Corey Pereira, the nation's 14th-ranked junior and the Sacramento area's only state high school championship qualifier.

• Elk Grove's Andrej Bevins, last year's Memorial runner-up, who will play for New Mexico starting in the fall.

Sacramento's John Catlin, the winner of the past two Memorials, is competing for New Mexico in the NCAA Championships and will not play.

Tee times in the 54-hole event run from 7:30 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. There will be on-course leaderboards Monday, with the final group expected to finish about 2 p.m.

Et cetera

• That 60-acre piece of Haggin Oaks being dangled by the city to the group that's proposing to build a new downtown arena? It's the frontage property along Capital City Freeway from the car dealerships to the softball complex, said Ken Morton Sr., who owns Morton Golf, which manages Haggin Oaks for the city. At least three holes on Haggin's Arcade Creek would be impacted by a property transaction, Morton said.

Kim Welch (Roseville) had to be disappointed by her final-round 77 Sunday in the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic. The silver lining: The result represented her second LPGA Tour cut made in her 15th tournament since she debuted in 2009. Her $2,746 payday more than doubled her previous career earnings of $2,171.

Jake Johnson (Cameron Park) advanced through U.S. Open local qualifying in Greensboro, N.C. Erick Justesen (Murphys) advanced in Raymore, Mo.

Lynne Cowan (Rocklin) finished second in the California Senior Women's Amateur at Corral de Tierra.

• Saturday is the deadline to sign up for the Sacramento County Women's Amateur on June 1-2 at Ancil Hoffman.

Call The Bee's Steve Pajak, (916) 326-5526.

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