Hot humid weather is typical of summer in central Ohio. The hot scores being fired at the Ohio State University Scarlet golf course is proof that there is a new crop of players ready to take the stage on the PGA TOUR.
LSU grad John Peterson leads this week’s Nationwide Tour field in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational after the first round with a -7par 64.
Georgia Bulldog senior Harris English is just 2 shots off the lead at -5 under 65, UC Irvine junior Garrett Sapp is at 3 under 68, and Oklahoma University’s Peter Uhlien -2 under 69.
It should come as no real surprise. This tournament has seen an amateur place in the top 10 each of the past 4 years. In fact, Daniel Summerhays became the first amateur to win a Nationwide Tour event since 1990 when he won this tournament’s first event in 2007. Then, of course, there is Ricky Fowler who lost in a playoff in 2009 before turning pro.
The Scarlet course at Ohio State University is regarded as one of the toughest venues in college golf where many TOUR players have honed their competitive skills including Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf, John Cook and Joey Sindelar to name few.
The changing of the guard in competitive golf has been a topic of conversation the past couple of years with players like Dustin Johnson, Ricky Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Keegan Bradley and others bursting onto the competitive stage.
The advent of the Nationwide Tour as the ‘minor league’ of the PGA TOUR has proven its worth. With changes that have recently been instituted to enable Nationwide players ‘non Q School’ access to the PGA TOUR on a broader scale, it will be interesting to see how fast some of these young players get their PGA TOUR cards
With this week’s Nationwide leader board, the young guns of today’s PGA TOUR like Fowler and Johnson may start to feel like those ‘old guys’ before long.