Perry’s Caddie Helps Stanley to U.S. Open Spot

15 06 2009

Kyle Stanley, the Clemson junior who received an exemption to play in the John Deere Classic, utilized Kenny Perry’s caddie to help him shoot 62-70—132 to tie for medalist (first place) honors in U.S. Open sectional qualifying at The Lakes Golf & Country Club in Columbus, Ohio.

Fred Sanders didn’t have to caddie for Perry, who was already exempt for the Open, so he picked up Stanley’s bag the day after the conclusion of the Memorial Tournament, also in the Columbus area. Sanders has been on Perry’s bag for years, including his boss’s victory at last year’s John Deere Classic.

Stanley won the 2008-09 Ben Hogan Award for best college golfer, recently finished second in the 2009 NCAA golf championship, and is ranked as the world’s second-best amateur player. He turned pro immediately after the NCAAs.

Stanley shared first place at the Open qualifier with touring pro George O’Neill. Proving once again that golf is a small world indeed, O’Neill once worked as an assistant pro at a club in Florida where Zach Johnson often practiced during the winters when he was playing the mini-tour circuit.

In addition to Stanley and McNeill, other U.S. Open sectional qualifying medalists include JDC contestants Charlie Wi (Soma, Ca.), Peter Tomasulo (Memphis), Steve Allan (Columbine, Colo.).

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