2011 Melwood Open Tidbits

Melwood Open Nationwide EventHere are a few tidbits about this week’s (May 30 – June 5, 2011) Melwood Prince George’s County Open presented by Under Armour at the University of Maryland Golf Course.

COACH GARY WILLIAMS RETURNS AS TOURNAMENT HOST
Gary Williams, who recently resigned as the U. of Maryland’s head basketball coach, returns as host of the Melwood Prince George’s County Open presented by Under Armour for the second year.  In addition to his support of the tournament and the Nationwide Tour, Coach Williams brings a host of celebrities who will play in Tuesday afternoon’s Gary Williams Celebrity Pro-Am.  This includes UM baseball coach Erik Bakich, UM football coach Randy Edsall, Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau, former Washington Wizards head coach Eddie Jordan, Under Armour CEO and UM grad Kevin Plank, former Baltimore Orioles’ star B.J. Surhoff and Nationwide Tour president and former UM All-American Bill Calfee, among others.

2010 CHAMPION GAINEY MADE LASTING IMPRESSION
Tommy Gainey’s win last year in the Melwood Prince George’s County Open catapulted him to the PGA TOUR this year where he has enjoyed great success over the first half of the season.  The Melwood win moved the South Carolinian from 18th on the money list to 2nd.  He added one more win a few weeks later (Chiquita Classic near Cincinnati) and finished the year fourth.  Currently 30th on the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup points list, Gainey is eligible for the season-ending TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola.  The popular “Two Gloves” generated a lot of fans at the UM Golf Course last year.

IT’S A HOME GAME FOR BILLY HURLEY
2004 Naval Academy graduate Billy Hurley has received a sponsor exemption.  The 28-year-old was born in Leesburg, Va. (turns 29 on June 9th) and attended high school there. He currently resides in Annapolis where the Academy is located.  Hurley, who won seven college titles and was the sixth-ranked amateur in the world in 2004, spent last year serving on a Navy destroyer in the Persian Gulf.  He returned to competitive golf late last year, earning conditional status on the Nationwide Tour based on his finish in December’s PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament.

SAGE VALLEY JUNIOR WINNER NICHOLAS REACH GETS INVITE
One of the perks of winning the recent inaugural Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club in South Carolina was a spot in the Melwood Prince George’s County Open. Nicholas Reach of Moscow, Pa. was a runaway winner by eight shots.  The 18-year-old, who is headed to the U. of Georgia in the fall to play golf, shot a course record-tying 62 in the second round.  He was presented the “Sage Valley Gold” jacket by PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. The field included 54 young men from 18 countries and 20 states in the U.S.  Reach is familiar with the Nationwide Tour having played on sponsor exemptions in the 2008 and 2009 Northeast Pennsylvania Classic in the Scranton area where he grew up.

Pick a day or two and come out to see up close and personal 156 of the best golfers in the world.  Get all the details at the Melwood Prince George’s County Open website.

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