It was a rough weekend for Northwest golfers on the big show as Richard H. Lee of Bellevue finished in a tie for 31st at even par to top the list at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, SC.
Robert Garrigus of Boise finished alone in 73rd (+7) and was the only other NW native to make the cut. Kyle Stanley (Tacoma) continues to struggle after a long layoff at the beginning of the year, while Ben Crane (Portland) and Michael Putnam couldn’t recover from slow starts.
4 of the 5 will tee it up this week at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Michael Putnam will take the week off, but Spokane’s Alex Prugh will be in the field.
While this past weekend was a dead week on the Web.com Tour, April 10-13th saw some solid play at the El Bosque Mexico Championship. Spokane’s Alex Prugh finished at -5 to land in a tie for 13th while Tacoma native Andrew Putnam continued his blistering start with another top 25 finish, ending the week tied for 24th. Seattle’s Jeff Gove finished alone in 41st at even par for the event.
The top-25 finish for Putnam was his 5th in 6 events (he missed one cut). The younger Putnam is having a breakout year, similar to his brother Michael’s 2013 campaign, which includes 3 top-10s as we approach the quarter way point of the season.
All of the weekend players, with the exception of Prugh, will be at it again this week at the WNB Golf Classic from Midlands, TX. Joining Putnam and Gove are Tacoma’s Andres Gonzalez and Abbotsford, BC native (and UW grad) Nick Taylor.