Kendall, Delsman win
Fox Point native wins season-opening Nationwide Tour eventPublished on February 20, 2012
Wisconsinites Skip Kendall and Charlie Delsman won professional golf tournaments over the weekend, as both players try to reach the big show, the PGA Tour.
Kendall, a native of Fox Point, won his fourth career title on the Nationwide Tour Sunday with a one-stroke victory at the season-opening Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship, presented by Samsung, in Bogota, Columbia.
Kendall shot 70-67-66-71–274.
Kendall rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th green Sunday afternoon to reach 10-under-par. Playing partner Andrew Svoboda then had a chance to match Kendall, but his birdie putt came up a few inches short. Svoboda and Andres Gonzales tied for second at 275.
"It was one of those putts that you could get a good line on and I had a really good feeling over it," said Kendall of his winning putt on 18. "Fortunately I hit a good putt and to see it tracking towards the middle of the hole was pretty special. In a way, I'm glad I went first and made the putt."
At 47 years, five months and 10 days old, Kendall is the fourth-oldest winner on the Nationwide Tour. Kendall won $108,000.
Kendall, who has bounced back and forth between the PGA Tour and the Nationwide Tour in recent seasons, has never won a title on the PGA Tour, but he has lost playoffs three times.
Meanwhile, Kirk Triplett, currently 50 years old, tied for fourth place with James Hahn at 276. Triplett is the oldest player ever to win on the Nationwide Tour. Triplett won last year at more than 49 years four months old.
Delsman, a resident of Colgate competing this winter in Florida, shot 68-68–136 to win the 36-hole Lakewood Ranch Open over the weekend in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. The event is a tournament on the West Florida Golf Tour.
Delsman won $3,000 for the victory.