June 07, 2012

Wintu golfer qualifies for US Open

Native American Golfer Jeff Curl Qualifies for U.S. Open Golf ChampionshipJeff Curl, Northern Wintu tribe, was one of seven people who qualified for the United States Open golf championships yesterday at Woodmont Country Club qualifying site in Rockville, Maryland. Jeff is the youngest son of Rod Curl who was the first full-blooded Native American to win a PGA Tour event. That event was the 1974 Colonial National Invitational where he beat famed golf legend Jack Nicklaus by one stroke. Rod is now a corporate golf instructor for VIP Golf Academy in Jupiter, Florida

Jeff Curl played collegiality at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and is a veteran of the eGolf Tour and Gateway Tour and won the eGolf Tour’s 2004 and 2006 Emerald Lake Classic; he made his PGA Tour debut as a Monday qualifier at the 2012 Puerto Rico Open earlier this year, finishing T71. Jeff currently ranks 66th on the Nationwide Tour money list for the 2012 season.
Comment:  For more on Native golfers, see Begay to Receive Bartlett Award and Begay Tries PGA Comeback.

1 comment:

Rob said...

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American Indian Golfer Jeff Curl Impresses at U.S. Open Golf Championship

On Saturday and Sunday, Curl shot a 71 and 75 respectively, ending the tournament at plus 14, tied for 56th. While that might not sound impressive to non-golf fans, making the cut at arguably the hardest tournament, year in year out, in America is a huge step in the right direction for the young man.