Monday, June 13, 2011

2011 Rex Hospital Open

Some call the Nationwide Tour the minor leagues of professional golf. And technically, that's true.

But that doesn't mean you're not going to see plenty of good golf - and excitement, as well. This past weekend at the Rex Hospital Open at TPC Wakefield in Raleigh, the tournament came down to the final group, with two players barely missing birdie putts that would have forced a playoff with the eventual winner.

Kyle Thompson won the event, moving into the Top 10 of the Nationwide Tour money list.

It definitely was a treat for me to cover the event, which included interviewing players, snapping photos and watching some of the future stars of golf.

Here are the links to my coverage. I hope you enjoy.

Tournament officials rearrange the course for the tournament.
15-year-old gets to play with the pros
Rex Hospital Open turns into a U.S. Open tune-up for qualifiers
Three tied after the first round
Former Tarboro golfer struggles on first day
Scott Brown leads after 36 holes
Spence Fulford rallies for round of par on second day
Three-way tie after 54 holes
Thompson wins with birdie on 18

I've covered PGA Tour and Champions Tour events in the past, but the 2011 Rex Hospital Open was one of the more exciting tournaments I've seen as a reporter.

Now, I can hardly wait until next year.

Photo: Eliot Gealy finished tied for 11th at the Rex Hospital Open, and he's competing in the U.S. Open this weekend at Congressional.

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