Although it took two days to complete 18 holes, the investment paid off for League City golfer Mike Standly, who qualified for the U.S. Senior Open. The Abilene-born former University of Houston All-American and PGA Tour winner fired a 69 in a rain-delayed qualifier at Golfcrest Country Club in Pearland, and will tee it up with the world’s best age 50-and-older golfers at Oak Tree National in Edmond, Okla.

Standly, who turned 50 this year, had 35 top 25 finishes on the PGA Tour, including 12 top 10s; he finished second in the Freeport McMoRan Golf Classic in 1992, won the event in 1993 (Payne Stewart was runner-up) and was fifth in 1995. In 1997, Billy Ray Brown, another Cougar-ex, birdied the final hole at the Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic to edge Standly by a shot. Standly’s résumé also includes playing in the PGA Championship (1993), The Masters (1994) and a tie for 16th at the 1993 U.S. Open. He played sporadically on the Nationwide Tour from 2000-2008 before taking a hiatus.

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Serious security

Well known TV on-course commentator Roger Maltbie reportedly declared “This is a new one; Ive been to a couple of rodeos and a county fair and I’ve never had this happen,” after his cart driver at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst was arrested, handcuffed and removed from the course by a North Carolina State Trooper. The driver reportedly failed to obey a “stop” command from the officer, albeit Maltbie said it was unclear whether he realized he was being yelled at.

From my perspective, the saddest part was that instead of driving the cart himself, Maltbie asked that someone be sent to retrieve it.

Be safe, on and off the course.

Gean Leonard is a columnist for The Daily News and can be reached at Gean.GDNgolf@gmail.com.

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