Former LIer Atwal earns spot in U.S. Open
Long Island will have one representative, of sorts, in the U.S. Open field next week at Pebble Beach. Among the qualifiers Monday in Rockville, Md., was Arjun Atwal, who lists India as his home on entry forms but graduated from Clarke High School and was a standout for the golf team at Nassau Community College.
Atwal, 37, is playing the PGA Tour this season on a medical exemption, having missed four months last year with two serious shoulder injuries. At the HP Byron Nelson Classic three weeks ago, he shot 64 in the third round. That tied his career best score, matching what he shot in the final round of the 2005 Bell South Classic. Back then, it enabled him to get into a five-way playoff that was won by Phil Mickelson. This time, it gained him a tie for seventh and $189,150 toward the $586,007 he needs to earn to maintain his Tour status for the rest of 2010.
On Monday, he shot 68 and 70 at Woodmont Country Club, qualifying with, among others, former teen sensation Ty Tryon.
Angela's House will have its golf outing Monday at Indian Hills Country Club, Northport, celebrating approval to build Angela's House III for children with chronic illnesses or are otherwise medically fragile. Call 631-979-2620 or visit angelashouse.org . . . Deborah Herman, publisher of Building Long Island; Denise Pursley, managing partner of Nixon Peabody LLP and Keitha Rocco, president/CEO of Data Marketing Group will be honorees at the American Cancer Society's Women of the Year Golf Classic Monday at Cold Spring Country Club. Call 1-800-ACS-2345 . . . The Suffolk Community College Golf Outing, which raises funds for scholarships, will be next Thursday at Great Rock Golf Club, Wading River. Call 631- 451-4846.