While most everyone is waiting to see what the Texas A&M football team will bring this season, former Aggie golfers have been deserving of a few golf claps in the past couple of weeks.
Most know about former Aggie golfer Ryan Palmer’s stay at and near the top of the PGA Championship two weekends ago at Valhalla. Palmer who has had a very profitable career on th PGA Tour, placed T-5, his highest finish at a major in 19 attempts.
Palmer has won three PGA Tour events and is among the Top 50 in the world rankings so his showing did not really take anyone aback.
What happened at last weekend’s Web.com Tour however was a rather pleasant surprise from an A&M perspective.
Martin Piller and Bronson Burgoon, who were teammates from 2006-08, finished one-two on the Web.com Tour’s News Sentinel Open in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Piller’s golf had almost been reduced to watching his wife Gerina play on the LPGA Tour as he dropped to 148th on the Web.com Tour money list after being as high as No. 8 in 2010.
It was his third win on the tour, the first two coming in 2010.
He has found his game of late and finished at -22 last weekend to earn $99,000.
Burgoon, who challenged Piller in Knoxville, was the hero of the Aggies’ 2009 NCAA title, hitting a wedge to within inches to win the match on the final hole with a birdie at the Inverness Golf Club in Toledo, Ohio. Golf hasn’t come as easily for Burgoon since that time (thanks in part ot a wrist injury), but he is making headway of late and his second-place at the News Sentinel Open is his best finish.
And even though it doesn’t have anything to do with A&M, golf in the Brazos Valley also got a boost when the Junior PGA Championship girls winner Kristen Gillman went on the next week to claim the U.S. Women’s Am title in New York.
It all makes for a busy end of the summer for golf viewing in the Brazos Valley.