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SHGA Update: Thompson misses cut at U.S. Open; Pancake ties for 37th at LPGA event; three of four WE

Brooks Koepka captured the 2017 U.S. Open in southeastern Wisconsin Sunday afternoon with a record-tying 16-under-par 72-hole score. His victory total equaled the 2011 total score of Rory McIlroy at Congressional County Club in Maryland.

Kyle Thompson (photo) was the only Scott Hamilton Golf Academy player in the U.S. Open field. He shot rounds of 76-70 on Thursday and Friday to narrowly miss the 36-hole cut by one stroke.

The 2017 U.S. Open was conducted on the 7,823-yard Erin Hills course in Erin, Wisconsin. It was the first-ever U.S. Open held in the state of Wisconsin.

Brian Harman (13-under), Hideki Matsuyama (-12), and Tommy Fleetwood (-11) completed the top four finishers. First round leader Rickie Fowler finished 10-under-par.

Thompson is a full-time player on the Tour in 2017 where he won the season opening event at the Sandals - Emerald Reef Course in the Bahamas in heavy winds.

In addition to his early season win, Thompson has two top-10 finishes and four top-25 finishes on the Tour in 2017.

Thompson played collegiately at the University of South Carolina where he twice won individual titles at NCAA Regionals and won the Dogwood Amateur Invitational at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta.

Thompson, 38, is from Greenville, South Carolina and was one of three qualifiers for the U.S. Open in Sectional Qualifying at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Maryland in early June.

Thompson played full-time on the PGA Tour in 2008 and 2012 and has been on the Tour (formerly Nationwide Tour) since turning pro in 2001. He has 54 career starts on the PGA Tour (26 events in ’08 / 22 events in ’12) with a pair of top-25 finishes and just over $199,000 in career PGA Tour earnings.

On the Tour, the Panama City, Florida native has played in 280 career events with over $1.7 million in earnings. He currently ranks 7th on the Tour money list in 2017 where a top-25 season finish earns a full-time PGA Tour card next season.

Meanwhile this past week on the LPGA and Tours, Brooke Pancake shot 70-68-68-67 at the Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids, Michigan to represent SHGA with a tie for 37th place.

Three of four SHGA players at the Tour’s Wichita Air Capital Classic also made the 36-hole cut.



U.S. Open

June 15-18 - Erin Hills - Erin, WI

Winner: Brooks Koepka (-16)

Scott Hamilton Golf Academy player:

CUT — Kyle Thompson (+2, 76-70) U.S. Open

Kyle Thompson

This Week: June 22-25 — Travelers Championship — TPC River Highlands — Cromwell, CT


PGA TOUR Champions

Scott Hamilton Golf Academy player:

Joe Durant is currently 28th on the Charles Schwab Cup Money List through 11 events.

This Week: June 23-25 — American Family Insurance Championship - University Ridge GC - Madison, WI

Joe Durant



Air Capital Classic June 15-18 - Wichita, KS

Winner: Aaron Wise (-21)

Scott Hamilton Golf Academy players:

T48 — Chris Wilson (-6, 70-66-68-70) -

T55 — Cory Whitsett (-5, 69-66-73-67)

T67 — Matt Atkins (-3, 66-66-70-75)

CUT — Casey Wittenberg (+1, 74-67)

Chris Wilson

This Week: Lincoln Land Charity Championship - Panther Creek CC - Springfield, IL



Meijer LPGA Classic

June 15-18 — Grand Rapids, MI

Winner: Brooke Henderson (-21)

Scott Hamilton Golf Academy player:

T37 — Brooke Pancake (70-68-68-67) Meijer LPGA Classic, Grand Rapids, MI

This Week: June 23-25 — Walmart NW Arkansas Championship — Rogers, AR

Brooke Pancake


Each week, Bartow Sports Zone tracks the professional golfers on tour affiliated with Cartersville Country Club's Scott Hamilton Golf Academy ( and teaching professional Mike Granato (

Both Hamilton and Granato are affiliated professionals with Athletic Motion Golf. (

Scott Hamilton is the long time Director of Golf at Cartersville Country Club and is teacher/advisor/instructor to many prominent golf professionals competing on the PGA Tour, PGA Champions Tour, Tour, LPGA Tour, and more. Mike Granato is a local golf instructor who also works with many of Hamilton's clients.

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