PITTSFORD, NY (June 16, 2018) - Kevin O’Connell likes the venues that amateur golf makes available. While it’s hard to beat the competition level of the mini-tours, the 29-year-old explains, mid-amateur life brings a whole new level of enjoyment to the game.
O’Connell, a North Carolina graduate, gave PGA Tour Qualifying School three tries from 2011-13. When he didn’t make it on tour, he applied to regain his amateur status, began work with a wealth management firm in Chapel Hill, N.C., and dove into competitive golf once again.
PITTSFORD, NY (June 15, 2018) - Upon winning the Dogwood Invitational a week ago, Ashton Poole admitted to feeling his legs turn to spaghetti on the first tee. With that title under his belt, though, Poole may feel a little less shaky as he looks to add a Monroe Invitational victory to his resume.
Poole’s third round was relatively uneventful Friday at the par-70 Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford, N.Y. He opened with a birdie, then rattled off par after par. A birdie at No. 12 moved him into a share of the lead. He had good looks at birdie at Nos. 17 and 18 but couldn’t convert them. Poole’s third-round 1-under 69 moved him to 2 over for the tournament and he leads Mason Greenberg and Kevin O’Connell by one shot. >>Read the rest of the story | Round 3 Photo Album
PITTSFORD, NY (June 14, 2018) - The small town of Pittsford, N.Y., is roughly seven and a half hours northwest of Long Island, where the game’s best flocked this week for the U.S. Open. But for a window into the conditions that elite amateurs at the Monroe Invitational faced Thursday, picture the howling winds that also plagued Shinnecock for the first round of the Open.
Monroe Golf Club, a par-70 track designed by Donald Ross, did not yield one round under par on the second day of the 72-hole event as wind gusts reached 30 mph. Leader Kevin O’Connell claimed the low score of the day with a 1-over 71. >>Read the rest of the story | Round 2 Photo Album
PITTSFORD, NY (June 13, 2018) - It was hardly a postcard day in Pittsford, N.Y., but Jake Carter didn’t let that bother him. The South Carolina native kept the big numbers off his card despite inclement weather and was one of only eight players to get under par in the first round of the Monroe Invitational. He has a one-shot lead on Ryan Gerard.
Carter, entering his junior year at Florida State, was in the third group off No. 1 tee Wednesday morning and opened with birdie. He added three more birdies on the front plus two bogeys to turn in 33. >>Read the rest of the story | Round 1 Photo Album