The Hammock Beach Resort Ocean Course, devastated by the storm surge produced by Hurricane Matthew last October, will re-open almost a year to the day the storm hit.

 

Salamander Hotel and Resorts announced that a renovation project on the course, designed by Jack Nicklaus in 2000, will be completed in time for a scheduled Oct. 12 opening date. The course’s six oceanside holes, plus some of the interior holes, were damaged by Matthew and owners decided to do repairs, plus re-grass the fairways, greens and rough with salt-tolerant Platinum Paspalum.

All tee boxes and bunkers were also renovated. The mile-long dune line separating the course from the Atlantic is being restored to state conservation standards.

While the integrity of Nicklaus’ original design was left intact, new forward tees were installed and new Angle-G sand has been put in the bunkers.

The Ocean Course was the site of the 2000 U.S. Women’s Public Links, won by 13-year-old Michelle Wie. It also hosted a PGA Tour Champions event in 2008, won by Keith Fergus.

Additional information and playing opportunities for the re-opening weekend can be found by visiting hammockbeach.com.

Area group invades SoCal

Five area golfers will begin play in the U.S. Amateur on Monday, at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., and the Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles.

University of North Florida junior Andrew Alligood of St. Johns will be the first to tee off, at 10:42 a.m. off No. 1 at Bel-Air. U Moon Winn of Jacksonville, the JAGA Amateur champion, starts at 11:03 a.m. at Riviera’s first hole; Michael Hamilton of Jacksonville Beach begins at 11:13 a.m. at Riviera’s 10th; Brandon Mancheno, an Auburn freshman and the Times-Union high school player of the year in 2016, goes off at 11:24 from No. 10 at Riviera; and Thomas Hogan of Brunswick, a Fredrica Academy senior, begins at 4:07 p.m. at Bel-Air’s No. 1.

Participants will play one round at each of the courses. After Tuesday’s second round the cut will be made to the low-64 for match play.

Peterson piles up the points

Tim Peterson scored 51 points at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club Lagoon Course last week and went on to win the Northern Chapter Stableford Championship by five points over Chris DeBusk.

Peterson shot 7-under-par 63 at the Lagoon, with eight birdies and one bogey. He added 39 points in the afternoon at the Ocean Course (72 in stroke play) for a total of 90 points.

Each player earned six points for an eagle, four for a birdie, two for a par and one for a bogey.

Debusk had 85 points, Bob Wallace was next with 84 and Clint Avret and Dan Olsen tied for fourth with 80 points each.

Past champion qualifies

Former University of North Florida All-American and past Gate Petroleum PGA Invitational champion Garrett Morrison reached the field of this week’s Gate by tying Spencer Slayden for first in a qualifier last week at the Ponte Vedra Ocean Course. Both shot 2-under 70 to finish one shot ahead of Danny Eckles and David Anthony.

Former Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee led a group at even-par 72 that included Devin Suri, John O’Brien, Mike McClatchley, Shaun Murphy Jr., and Graham Nichols. There were 33 players shot shot 8-over or lower who earned spots in the main draw for the Gate, which begins on Sunday at the Lagoon Course.