Monday, May 23, 2011
Robert Gamez among Nelson qualifiers
By Richard Durrett
Robert Gamez, a 42-year-old who has won three PGA Tour events and whose last victory came in Texas in 2005 at the Valero Texas Open, qualified for the HP Byron Nelson Championship with a 6-under-par 66 on Monday at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club (Hills Course) in McKinney.
Gamez, perhaps best known for holing out his second shot on the 18th hole at the Nestle Invitational in 1990 to beat Greg Norman, was one of four golfers to secure a spot in the Nelson, beating out another 80 qualifiers, including a gaggle of PGA Tour, Champions Tour and Nationwide regulars.
Dallas' Martin Flores shot the low round, a 65, to advance. Todd Fischer of Pleasanton, Calif., and amateur Sam Smith from Wichita Falls, Texas, also made the Nelson field. Len Mattiace and Jace Moore were in a playoff with Fischer and Smith for the final two spots.
Among those another stroke behind were Frisco's Jaxon Brigman (tied for 10th at the Nelson in 2005), Little Rock's Glen Day and Dallas' Notah Begay.
Gamez's win in the Texas Open came 15 1/2 years after his last one, the longest span between wins in PGA Tour history.