Former Clayton St. golfer to play in Canadian Open tourney

From Staff Reports

Former Clayton State University golfer Adam Short earned a berth to compete with the world's best at the 2005 Bell Canadian Open Monday by winning the British Columbia regional qualifier at Hazelmere Golf and Tennis Club in Surrey, B.C.

Short, a native of Vineland, Ontario, fired a five-under 67 at Hazelmere, meaning he will bypass the final qualifying phase for Canada's national open championship set for September 5-11 at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver. The world's best professional golfers will be competing for $4.9 million at the Open.

"It's been a lifetime goal of mine to play in the Bell Canadian Open," said Short. "The opportunity is huge. When that door opens, you have to take advantage of it." Twenty-two other players, including 16 Canadian Tour players advanced to stage two of Bell Canadian Open qualifying by finishing even par 72 or better. The final qualifier is set for Monday, September 5 at Morgan Creek Golf Course in South Surrey, B.C.

Playing on the Canadian tour, Short has made five of seven cuts in 2005 with his best finish this season coming at the 2005 Foster Farms California Classic, where he placed 28th at 6-under par. His top career finish on the tour came in 2004 when he was the runner-up at the Barton Creek Austin Canadian Tour Challenge. At Clayton State, Short was named a 1999 Golf Coaches Association All-America. He finished the 1999 season with a school-record 7-under 65 in the final round of the NCAA Division II National Championships to place fifth overall. Short led the 1999 squad with four top-five finishes, including medalist honors at the University of North Alabama Spring Classic.

He recorded scores of par-or-better in 10 of his 31 rounds during the season, finishing with a 74.42 stroke average, second lowest in school history.

Clayton State, which finished the 1999 year with a seventh-place showing at the NCAA Division II National Championships, climbed from the midst of the unranked all the way to No. 11, marking the highest final ranking by any team in school history.