This year Van Pelt has made 10 of 13 cuts but has only one top 10 finish. Van Pelt is 72nd in prize money ($668,315).
“The start of the year was a little slow, but that's kind of my M.O.,” Van Pelt said. “The West Coast has never been that great to me. I feel like it's coming around. I'm really looking forward to the summer.”
Winds during Monday's event ranged between 22 and 30 mph. Since he's from Oklahoma, did Oak Tree PGA Tour pro Scott Verplank have an edge?
“I am used to Oklahoma wind, but I don't know if it gives me an advantage,” Verplank said. “This golf course actually plays OK in the wind. That says something (about all the trees).”
TETTLETON A PATRIOT CUP ROOKIE
Former major league All-Star Mickey Tettleton, who slammed 245 homers in 14 major league seasons and now lives in Norman, confessed he's a single-digit handicap. “(Golf is) a love-hate relationship,” said Tettleton.
This is the first time Tettleton, 52, has played in the Patriot Cup. Tettleton's threesome won their match against PGA Tour Champions player Ken Duke 2 and 1.
“This was a blast, all these people coming out,” Tettleton said. “The cause is unbelievable to help families out who have sacrificed for our country. I had a great time. Ken Duke and my group laughed and had a great time the entire round.”
An emotionally moving tradition at the Patriot Cup is taps is played on speakers around the entire golf course at 1 p.m. followed by a bell tolling 13 times, representative a flag folded 13 times before the flag is given to family members of a deceased military member. ... Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops was scheduled to play Monday but withdrew to continue his work with tornado victims in the Oklahoma City area. ... In the team competition, the “ground pounders” (non Air Force military) edged the fly boys (Air Force) 9-8-3. ... Oak Tree Champions Tour member Bob Tway withdrew from the tournament because of a back injury.