Apalachin, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The kids from North Henderson High School in North Carolina may learn a thing or two from the Dick's Sporting Goods Open. That's because their golf coach, Skip Taylor, was one of five players to qualify for the tournament on Monday at the Links at Hiawatha Landing.
It's just the second time he's made the field for a Champions Tour event.
He said he's excited to become a student himself this week, and learn a thing or two from the Tour players. If he's lucky, maybe he'll take a few of them to school himself.
"It's awesome because I have to start school next week," said Taylor. "It's one of these things where I get a chance to play golf and maybe make a little bit of money and get to play with some great players who have been great players for a long time."
1996 US Open winner Steve Jones was one of the other players to qualify for the Dick's Sporting Goods Open on Monday.
Jones, whose only career major win on the PGA Tour came at the 1996 US Open, shot a 1-under 71.
The low score belonged to Dick Mast. Mast, who has competed in numerous BC Opens and Dick's Sporting Goods Opens, shot a 4-under 68.
"You've got a competition round under your belt and if you played well, that gives you some confidence going into the tournament," Mast said.
"I've played here for years, the BC Open and now the Dick's Sporting Goods...it's always been a great venue. Players enjoy coming here. The local participation is better than -- much better than the average."
Pros Peter Jordan and P.H. Horgan III also qualified.