Four more golfers earned their way into the HP Byron Nelson Championship field Monday at the open qualifer at Lantana Golf Club. And among them is 43-year-old Robert Gamez.
Gamez is probably most famous for one of the more memorable second shots on the PGA Tour. He holed out from the fairway with a 7-iron from 176 yards on the 18th hole in the final round of the 1990 Nestle Invitational, beating Greg Norman. (There's actually a plaque at Bay Hill to commemorate that shot.)
The other three golfers to get into the field at the qualifier: Houston's Patrick Reed, Arlington's Stuart Deane and Todd Demsey of Scottsdale, Ariz.
Reed posted the lowest round of the day, an eight-under 64. Deane, the PGA teaching professional at Sinclair's Golf Training Center at Texas Star in Euless and the NTPGA's player of the year in 2011, shot 67 to get into the tournament. So did Demsey. But Gamez had to survive a four-man playoff among those who shot 68. He birdied the first hole of sudden death to beat Samuel Cyr (San Diego, Calif.), Cole Moreland (Austin, Texas), and Chris Thompson (Lawrence, Kan.).