October 14, 1988 |
Mike Sullivan shot a 7-under-par 63 and took a 1-stroke lead Thursday in the first round of the $600,000 Texas Open golf tournament. Sullivan, 33, made 7 birdies and an eagle, chipping in twice. "The last time I was 7-under was 8 years ago, in the second round of the 1980 Southern Open," said Sullivan, who scored his lone PGA Tour victory in that event. Corey Pavin, who had a hole-in-one, was tied with Bobby Wadkins at 64.
May 22, 1987 |
Patti Rizzo took advantage of an early tee time for a six-under-par 66 and the first-round lead before lightning and rain suspended play Thursday in the LPGA Championship at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Center in Mason, Ohio. Play was stopped in the tournament, the second of the women's tour's major championships, with 72 of the 144 starters still on the course. Rizzo, 26, held a one-stroke lead over Jane Crafter. Deb Richard, at 68, was another shot back.
October 23, 1988 |
Tom Byrum shot a 7-under-par 65 Saturday, and his 3-round total of 201 gave him a 4-stroke lead over 4 other golfers in the $400,000 Pensacola Open at Gulf Breeze, Fla. Bruce Lietzke, Andrew Magee, Ray Stewart and Ken Green were tied for second place at 205. Four other players were at 206 on the 7,033-yard course at Tiger Point Golf and Country Club--John Cook, Tony Sills, Bobby Wadkins and Lance Ten Broeck. Byrum's round was the second-best score of the tournament. His 64 Friday was the best.
November 23, 1986 |
Japan's Tsuneyuki Nakajima shot a 69 Saturday for a 206 total and held a two-shot lead after three rounds of the $812,500 Dunlop Phoenix golf tournament at Miyazaki, Japan. Graham Marsh of Australia had a 68 and was in second place. Bobby Wadkins had the day's best round, a 67, and was tied for third with Japan's Masashi Ozaki at 209.
October 16, 1987 |
Mark O'Meara, a non-winner on the PGA Tour for two seasons, shot a nine-under-par 63 Thursday and took a two-shot lead over J.C. Snead in the first round of the $600,000 Walt Disney World golf tournament at Lake Buena Vista, Fla. O'Meara and Snead both played Lake Buena Vista, at 6,706 yards the shortest and easiest of the three resort courses used for the first three rounds of this event. At 66 were Andy Magee, Bobby Wadkins, Steve Pate and Jim Carter. All played at Lake Buena Vista.
January 26, 1990 |
Bobby Wadkins shot a six-under-par 65 in the morning, and three other golfers matched that score later Thursday to share the first-round lead in the Phoenix Open. Tom Purtzer, Lance Ten Broeck and Tommy Armour III also had 65s on the TPC of Scottsdale course. Wadkins, in his 16th season on the PGA Tour and still seeking his first victory, had 11 threes on his card. One of them was on the par-5 third hole, on which he holed a 40-foot sand shot for an eagle.
February 10, 1989 |
Brad Fabel took advantage of ideal weather by birdieing half of the holes in a nine-under-par 63 Thursday that gave him a one-stroke lead after the first round of the $750,000 Hawaiian Open at Honolulu. Jim Carter, like Fabel a non-winner, was second at 64. Gene Sauers scored an eagle-three in his round of 65 and was tied with David Ogrin and Dick McClean, a club pro at Kapalua, Hawaii.
May 5, 1988 |
A series of explosions at a space shuttle fuel plant and the toxic cloud that resulted Wednesday had officials of the Las Vegas Invitational pondering the advisability of evacuating the golf courses, but the first round was completed with Bobby Wadkins atop the leader board with an eight-under-par 64. The explosions at Henderson, Nev., rocked buildings at the Desert Inn, Spanish Trail and Las Vegas Country Club courses, site of the PGA Tour's richest tournament.
June 9, 2002 |
On a day when Bobby Wadkins was one of only five players in the Senior PGA Championship field to shoot below par and the only one to complete 54 holes under par, Jack Nicklaus couldn't make it to the first tee. "I was hitting balls [on the practice range] and couldn't get past the wedge," Nicklaus said Saturday at Firestone Country Club. "I'm just so darn sore that I can't make a go."
August 7, 1987 |
Bobby Wadkins, the winless half of the golfing family from Virginia, escaped PGA National's dreaded rough often enough Thursday to shoot a four-under-par 68 in the first round of the PGA Championship. "The fairways were perfect, the rough unplayable and the greens so-so," Wadkins said after his 34-34 round. "I only missed two fairways all day and made two bogeys." This is Wadkins' 13th year on the PGA Tour, and although he has earned $1.1 million, he has yet to win a Tour event.