Sacramento amateur Cameron Champ will play in this week’s PGA Tour season-opening Safeway Open at Silverado in Napa.
The Texas A&M senior is one of four sponsor’s exemptions along with John Daly, Beau Hossler and Jamie Sadlowski. The long-hitting Champ will be paired with Daly and Sadlowski, a former long-drive champion, in the first round.
It will be the second pro event for Champ, who turned heads in June when he tied for 32nd at the U.S. Open.
Champ, between No. 2 and No. 11 in the world in the three recognized amateur golf rankings, has not played in the first three tournaments this season for Texas A&M. The top-ranked Aggies won all three, including the Marquette Intercollegiate that concluded Tuesday at Erin Hills in Wisconsin, the site of this year’s Open.
Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson are also in the Safeway field. Maverick McNealy, the 2017 Ben Hogan Award winner as the nation’s best college player while at Stanford, will make his professional debut.
Pro progress – Elk Grove’s Spencer Levin finished 77th on the four-tournament Web.com Tour Finals money list and has only conditional status on next year’s Web.com Tour.
▪ In her past four Cactus Tour starts, Roseville’s Paige Lee has two wins with a second- and third-place finish.
Amateur update – Texas sophomore Emilee Hoffman (Folsom) shot a 7-under-par 64 for the Longhorns in last week’s Schooner Fall Classic in Norman, Okla. The round tied the school record for relation to par.
▪ The Sacramento County Men’s Regional 4-Ball starts Oct. 21 at Mather. Sign up at sacgolfcouncil.org.
Course report – North Ridge has seeded all of its new greens as its $3.7 million renovation project moves forward. From the looks of things, there are going to be some interesting greens and pin placements. New masonry walls have been built in front of Nos. 11 and 16, bringing the ponds right up to the green. The plan remains to have the course back to championship caliber by spring.
▪ Auburn Valley is reportedly in the process of being purchased by a local buyer whose intention is to improve the amenities and keep it as a golf course.
▪ River Oaks in Nicolaus has set Oct. 11 as its new reopening date. The fee for October and November will be $35 with a cart every day.