Erik Flores, a 2005 Nevada Union graduate and professional golfer on the Web.com Tour, played in his 11th tournament of the year last week and made his fourth consecutive cut to advance to weekend play where he finished tied for 56th with a four-round score of 282 (-2) in the News Sentinel Open at the Fox Den Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn.
In the opening round of Thursday’s golf action, Flores was on the top of his game as he posted a round of 67 (-4). He dropped in five birdies, three of which came on the front nine, and had only one bogey. After suffering bogies on holes numbers two and three during Friday’s second round, Flores righted the ship with three birdies to finish the day with a 70 (-1) and move to -5 overall to make the cut by two strokes. On Saturday he struggled to find consistency with his game as he birdied and bogied four times each to reach the clubhouse in 71 (E). However, on Sunday, the blemishes outweighed the bright spots, and Flores capped off the tournament with a final round of 74 (+3), which included five birdies, five bogies and a triple bogie.
Flores has now made seven of 11 cuts on the season and boasts $21,195 in total winnings. Next up for the pro golfer is the Cox Classic at Champions Run in Omaha, Neb.
Josh Roenicke (Nevada Union ’01) Minnesota Twins– Roenicke appeared in three games last week and allowed just two hits and one earned run as the Twins went 2-5, winning one versus Cleveland and another against the White Sox.
In Wednesday’s 9-8 home loss versus the Indians, Roenicke threw only 1/3 inning and retired a batter on a fly ball. Despite Joe Mauer going 5-for-7 at the plate with four RBIs and Minnesota out hitting its opponent 17-12 the team suffered a 12 inning defeat. In a 4-3 win Wednesday over the White Sox, Roenicke pitched 1 1/3 inning and yielded one hit and no runs. The Twins trailed early 3-0 but rallied back with a solo homer in the bottom of the fifth and RBI singles in the sixth and seventh to knot the game 3-3. Pinch hitter Chris Herrmann had the game winning walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. Roenicke’s latest work came Saturday in an 8-5 loss against the White Sox where he tossed 2/3 inning and surrendered an RBI double to Chicago’s Adam Dunn, which gave the White Sox a 6-3 lead at the time. Minnesota had 11 hits for the game but still left six men on base.
The Twins (54-68) remain in fourth in the American League Central division, and Roenicke’s ERA sits at 3.04 through 50 1/3 innings pitched. Minnesota will host the New York Mets today and then head to Detroit for a three-game series versus the Tigers.
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