Former Gopher qualifies for 2019 US Amateur Championship

first_imgFormer Gopher qualifies for 2019 US Amateur ChampionshipPersons spent eight years playing professionally throughout the United States and Canada. Nolan O’HaraJuly 17, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintWhen the 2019 U.S. Amateur Golf Championship heads to historic Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in just under a month, former University of Minnesota golfer Josh Persons will be in attendance. Persons qualified after placing first at a qualifier event in Fargo, North Dakota.  “I’ve just kind of been solid and steady, nothing flashy, I’ve just kept myself out of trouble. We’ll see if I can do that at a little tougher course down in North Carolina,” Persons said.Persons, a Fargo native, shot a 1-under-par 71 in his first round and an even-par 72 in his second to finish 1-under-par at the Fargo Country Club. His consistent play was enough to carry him to a first-place finish and secure a spot at the U.S. Amateur. “It went good, obviously, for me. They have qualifiers all over the country, the one that I did was in my hometown in Fargo,” Persons said. “There was about 50 guys, they let in two spots. It happened to be a windy day on a course that I was familiar with and I just played solid golf. I was able to sneak through.”The U.S. Amateur takes place August 11-18 in the Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina. It’s the oldest United States Golf Association championship and features some of the world’s best amateur players. Many previous champions have gone on to have successful careers on the PGA Tour, including Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Bryson DeChambeau and most recently Viktor Hovland. This year’s event will once again feature young amateurs with PGA Tour aspirations, but Persons is pursuing this event with a different mindset.  “I already gave it a good go. I played professionally for eight years,” he said. “I kind of already put in my time, I’m just able to still spend some time playing golf when I’m not working. I do it for the enjoyment now, but also for the competitive side of it.” While Persons is no longer pursuing a career on the PGA Tour, his desire to compete continues. He is also excited about the possibility of connecting with another former Gopher, Ben Greve. Greve also qualified for the U.S. Amateur; he finished tied for second in the qualifier at the Mendakota Country Club in Mendota Heights. “I’ve already been texting with Greve a little bit, so we can hook up down there and play once or twice while we’re down there,” Persons said. “It should be a fun time.”Persons’ connections, like the one he has with Greve, are what stands out to him from his time at the University. He continues to keep in touch with friends and teammates. “There’s plenty of memories. You know, the coolest parts about it, I can text Greve. He’s playing in it,” Persons said. “I’ve been talking to Justin Smith, who’s now the head coach. He was there kind of at the same time as me. Just reminiscing with all the guys you’ve become close with over the years.”last_img read more

Z4 Products giving IMCA Deery Series, Hawkeye Dirt Tour awards

first_imgAMES, Iowa – Z4 Products continues a popular program of awards for drivers in two premier se­ries this season.Both the pole starter and the Sunoco Race Fuels drawing winner at each Deery Brothers Summer Se­ries event for IMCA Late Models, and the pole starter in each Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour for IMCA Modifieds receive bottles of heavy duty leak sealer and cooling system condi­tioner.Memorial Day events are next for both tours.The 31st annual Deery Series is at Boone Speedway while eighth annual Hawkeye Dirt Tour opens at Benton County Speedway in Vinton.Z4 is in its seventh season as an IMCA sponsor. More information about  Z4 high performance products is available by calling 515 231-0809.“Both of these tours involve some of the best drivers in IMCA competition and Z4 is a great part­ner,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “It takes great people to be successful and combining a great sponsor like Z4 with great drivers proves that.”last_img read more

Chelsea flop heading back to Stamford Bridge

first_img1 Chelsea outcast Marko Marin will return to the club in the summer with Anderlecht set to reject the chance to make his current loan deal permanent.The diminutive playmaker joined the Premier league leaders in the summer of 2013 but has since been loaned out three times and is now injured.In the 2013-14 season at Sevilla he made 18 La Liga appearances but the Spanish club passed on the chance to sign him.At the beginning of this campaign he was sent on loan to Fiorentina but that deal was terminated after 12 unused sub appearances in Serie A and he moved to Belgian club Anderlecht on another short-term contract in January.Belgian paper Het Laatste Nieuws claims Chelsea requested £4.5m for his permanent services but the offer has been rejected and the 26-year-old German is now set to return to London in the summer. Marko Marin last_img read more