Southwest Florida golf: Naples’ Valentine amongst three to qualify for U.S. Newbie

Southwest Florida golf: Naples’ Valentine amongst three to qualify for U.S. Newbie

Watch: Nathan Bertsch, Naples’ Abbie Valentine, Nick Infanti qualify for U.S. AmateurNathan Bertsch was medalist, and Naples’ Abbie Valentine and ex-UNF golfer Nick Infanti additionally certified for the U.S. Newbie on Friday in Naples.Greg Hardwig, Naples Each day NewsU.S. Newbie qualifying casts a large internet on quite a lot of ages.That proved the case Friday at Imperial Nation Membership in North Naples, though when it was over, principally the younger at coronary heart are shifting on to the Newbie subsequent month.Former mini-tour professionals Nathan Bertsch, 43, Abbie Valentine, 39, grabbed two of the three qualifying spots.Bertsch, who’s from Bradenton, was the medalist at 12-under 132 following a second-round 67. Valentine shot back-to-back 67s to tie for second with former North Florida golfer Nick Infanti, a 24-year-old who fired a 7-under 65 in Friday’s second spherical.The Newbie is Aug. 9-15 at Oakmont Nation Membership and Longue Vue Membership in Pennsylvania.”It is a nice expertise,” mentioned Bertsch, who bought his newbie standing again on April 1. “That is my first time qualifying for the U.S. Am. It is very nice to be enjoying golf for enjoyable. I’ve bought an everyday job and I’ve bought my two youngsters at dwelling that I am continually taking to soccer recreation and various things like that. It form of frees me up a little bit bit.””It feels superior, like actually, actually good,” Valentine mentioned. “I am stunned to get it going like that a little bit bit as a result of I have never been enjoying an excessive amount of.”Golf: Connor Arendell edges Tyler Strafaci to win Florida Open in Fort MyersCunningham: Southwest Florida golf: Brendan Cunningham Junior Open, AJGA at Stoneybrook wrap upLocal: QBE Shootout’s Dwell Fest headliners introduced for December at Tiburon Golf Membership in NaplesBertsch, a former instructing professional at IMG Academy who’s now an insurance coverage agent, and Valentine, who’s an actual property agent and a member at Quail Creek Nation Membership, each aren’t used to strolling, which is critical in USGA qualifying, and traded tales on callouses on their toes and the way worn out they had been within the 90-plus-degree warmth.”That is my first time strolling in 10 years, and I picked 100-degree warmth and the U.S. Am qualifier,” Bertsch mentioned, laughing.Bertsch, a former Florida State College golfer, performed with incoming Auburn freshman Frankie Harris and Andres Barraza, rising highschool senior at Parkland’s Stoneman Douglas. Their ages mixed do not equal Bertsch’s.Barraza did seize the primary alternate spot, ending at 9-under. Zachary Fineberg of Palm Seashore Gardens bought the second at 8 below. Former Gulf Coast Excessive golfer Remi Chartier of East Tennessee State was amongst 4 who got here up a stroke quick, at 7-under. Former Barron Collier soccer star Matt Heuerman got here into the second spherical tied for third, however shot a 73 and ended up tying for sixteenth.Valentine, who has been in Naples since 2008, additionally supplied up a little bit of notoriety. The final time he certified for the U.S. Newbie was at Winged Foot in 2004, and he bought some consideration coming in as a Lengthy Island native. After which the event began. He shot 83-89 in stroke play.”I’ve the horrible distinction of ending lifeless final in a discipline of 360 at Winged Foot,” he mentioned. “It was a house recreation for me. I am from Lengthy Island and I had folks there, and I did just a few native interviews, and I present up and lay the most important egg. On the West Course I made bogey or worse on the primary 14 holes.”It was an excellent expertise, it was cool main as much as it, after which … so the bar’s a little bit low this time. Perhaps the one golf course more durable than Winged Foot is Oakmont, so we’ll see.”Infanti has had his personal challenges, overcoming a pair of wrist surgical procedures a few years in the past. Infanti, who performed each golf and baseball earlier in his collegiate profession, performed this spring at UNF, and was second on the nationally ranked Ospreys in stroke common at 72.78. “I have never been in a position to qualify but for a U.S. Am; I used to be lastly wholesome sufficient to have the ability to qualify for one,” Infanti mentioned.Whereas Bertsch and Valentine have already got tried the tour golf world, that is the place Infanti is headed later this 12 months, to qualifying college.Patty Berg Junior Championship:  Sofia Cherif Essakali of Miami leads the ladies division after a 1-under 71, by two over Gabriella Albert of Delray Seashore within the Patty Berg Junior Championship at Cypress Lake Nation Membership in Fort Myers on Friday.Fort Myers’ Morgan Franklin and Vilda Westh Blanc of Wartrace are tied for third after 75s.Naples’ Pearl Jenkins is seventh after a 78, and Fort Myers’ Talia Rodino is eighth following a 79. Cape Coral’s Riley Fritz is tied for ninth after an 80.T.J. Thompson of Coral Springs shot a 2-under 70 and has the boys lead by two strokes over Eman Lim of Lake Value, Manuel Cue Vargas and Aiden Miller of Palm Seashore Gardens.Sam Davey of Fort Lauderdale and Bennett Stone of Jupiter are tied for fifth with 73s.Chris Forsythe of Naples and Michael Bevins of Fort Myers are the highest native gamers, a part of a tie for twelfth at 3-over 75.The event continues Saturday and concludes Sunday.Greg Hardwig is a sports activities reporter for the Naples Each day Information and The Information-Press. Comply with him on Instagram, Fb and Twitter: @NDN_Ghardwig, e-mail him at [email protected] Help native journalism with this particular subscription supply at

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