'Pegger falls short at U.S. Amateur

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:15 AM ET

Matt Johnston has gone back to school, but not before furthering his education at the 105th U.S. Amateur Championship.

Johnston, who plays out of St. Charles and is heading into his junior year at the University of Texas at San Antonio, shot 78 at the Philadelphia Country Club and 74 at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., to finish at 152 and fail to qualify for the match play portion of the event by six strokes.

It was the second time in three years that Johnston qualified for the prestigious tournament.

STRONG FINISH: Rob McMillan of Pine Ridge fired a two-under 70 on Sunday to finish tied for 18th at the Bay Mills Open Players Championship in Brimley, Mich., the final full field event of the Canadian Tour season.

McMillan shot 71-75-71-70 for a total of 287, which was 12 shots back of winner Michael Harris, who won the event in a playoff over Anders Hultman.

17TH ON ORDER OF MERIT

McMillan earned $2,725 for the performance and moves up to 17th on the Order of Merit money list with $28,996 in 11 official events.

Mike Grob of Billings, Mont., cashed a check for $6,400 to move past Jim Rutledge as the Canadian Tour's all-time money leader.

THIRD SPOT: The Manitoba women were one stroke away from winning the team title last week at the Royale National Senior Women's Championship in DeWinton, Alta.

Their cumulative total (tallied from the low scores for three of the four players competing for their province) of 476 left them one stroke behind Ontario and B.C.

Judi Lidstone of Elmhurst was the low Manitoban in stroke play, finishing 12th after shooting 78-81 for a two-round total of 15-over 159 in the rain shortened event at the 5,898-yard Cottonwood Golf & Country Club near Calgary.

Donna Brownridge also finished in the top 20, tying for 17th after shooting 86-76 to finish on a high note at 18-over 162.

Alison Murdoch of Victoria, B.C., won the tournament, shooting 73-74 for a total of three-over 147.

It was the second consecutive senior title for Murdoch, who captured the event when it was held at the Steinbach Fly-In Golf Club last summer, and third overall (she also won in 2002).

SENIOR MEN MOVED: It appears Manitoba golf courses aren't the only tracks having trouble dealing with weather this summer as the Royal Canadian Golf Association was forced to move the 2005 Canadian Senior Championship.

The tourney was slated for Milby Golf Club in Lennoxville, Que., but has been shifted to the Beloeil Golf Course in Beloeil, Que., because of "unseasonably hot and dry weather during the last eight weeks" according to a press release sent out by the RCGA.


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