Now that Keegan Bradley, PGA Tour rookie out of St John's, has won the Byron Nelson tournament, we can update this item I did on April 11. He's not just on tour, he's a winner on tour.
Kudos to coach Frank Darby and the Storm program.
Newsday (New York)
April 21, 2011 Thursday
NOTEBOOK: Storm's Bradley now on PGA Tour
SECTION: SPORTS; Pg. A59
LENGTH: 319 words
Keegan Bradley is proving that when there is talk about a St. John's player going pro, it doesn't necessarily mean the NBA draft. Bradley, a recent star for the Red Storm golf team, last week tied for ninth at the Valero Texas Open. It was his second top-10 finish in his first few months on the PGA Tour.
Bradley, 24, is a Vermont native and nephew of LPGA Hall of Famer Pat Bradley. He played for the Storm from 2004 to 2008 alongside such current top local players as Casey Calmi. Bradley finished 14th on the Nationwide Tour last season, which earned him his PGA Tour card this year. He had almost instant success, tying for seventh in the Bob Hope Classic, his second event of the season.
He is playing this week in The Heritage at Hilton Head. "18 at Harbor Town. Really awesome," he said in a Twitter feed, adding that he is replacing his 3-iron with an extra wedge.
The recent success came on the week Met Golfer did a big story on Red Storm golf alumni, who include Long Island head pros Ed Kelly (Cherry Valley), Mark Mielke (Mill River) and Mal Galletta III (Glen Cove); teaching pro P.J. Cowan (Eisenhower Park) and MGA Player of the Year Joe Saladino of Huntington.