Bishop Manogue grad Ollie Osborne playing for U.S. Amateur golf championship Sunday

Jim Krajewski
Reno Gazette Journal
Our First Tee family would like to congratulate Ollie Osborne on his spectacular play on Sunday at the U.S. Amateur championship. This is a great example of hard work, dedication and perseverance paying off. We are all proud of you Ollie!!! After a slow start to his week at Bandon Dunes, Olie Osborne recovered in a big way and is now playing fo the U.S. Amateur golf championship. Tyler Strafaci and Osborne, a 2018 Bishop Manogue graduate, advanced to the U.S. Amateur final Saturday at Bandon Dunes to earn spots next year in the Masters and U.S. Open. Strafaci, the rising Georgia Tech senior from Davie, Florida, beat Oklahoma State’s Aman Gupta 1-up after losing a four-hole lead on the back nine. Osborne, the rising SMU junior beat UNC-Charlotte’s Matthew Sharpstene 4 and 2. Playing in light wind after days of afternoon gusts on the seaside course, Starfaci won the par-5 18th when Gupta ran a bogey putt well past and conceded. Strafaci, 22, is ranked 56th in the world. Osborne, 20, is 460th. “I’ve always considered myself a good player. I know my ranking doesn’t show it, but it’s just a number at the end of the day,” Osborne said. “I know the game I have and know what I can do, so I try to just do me and kind of let everybody else think what they think.”
Bishop Manogue graduate Ollie Osborne is in the semifinals o the U.S. Amteur golf championship.Charles Osborne plays his second shot at the sixth hole during the semifinals Saturday at the U.S. Amateur at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.

The two will play 36 holes Sunday, starting at 9:30 a.m. with winner getting a spot in the 2021 British Open. The second 18 holes begin at 3 p.m. The Golf Channel will start coverage at 4 p.m. Sunday. Strafaci, the North & South winner last month at Pinehurst, is trying to become the second straight Georgia Tech player to win the Havemeyer Trophy, following Andy Ogletree. Strafaci’s grandfather, Frank Strafaci, won the 1935 U.S. Amateur Public Links. Osborne and Sharpstene started slowly Saturday with three straight holes won with pars, with Osborne taking the fifth, and Sharpstene the par-3 sixth and par-4 seventh for a 1-up lead. Osborne took Nos. 8 and 9 with birdies and opened a 2-up lead with a par win on the par-4 11th.

Sharpstene, who recently transferred from West Virginia to Charlotte, won the par-3 12th with a birdie. Osborne took the par-5 13th and par-4 14th with birdies and ended the match with a par win on the 16th.“It’s kind of unbelievable. I can’t believe that I’m here,” Osborne said. “It’s just really cool how this week has gone for me, and I’m excited.” It appeared Osborne would fail to qualify for match play for a second consecutive U.S. Amateur after shooting 5-over 77 at Bandon Dunes. But on Tuesday he recovered with a career-best-matching 64 at stroke-play co-host Bandon Trails, and he has continued to feed off that momentum.

Congratulations to Jackson Bellard!

The Texas Exes is pleased to announce the Forty Acres Scholars Program Class of 2024. More than 3,800 students applied for the scholarship, which inspires and nurtures visionary leaders and helps them use their talents to benefit society. On March 4-7, 52 impressive finalists visited the UT campus for a full weekend of in-person interviews and a glimpse at what life on the Forty Acres could be.

Today, we are thrilled to introduce you to our 21 new and exceptional Forty Acres Scholars, and to once again thank our amazing donors for making this possible! Among the incoming class are founders and CEOs of nonprofits and local businesses, summer camps, conferences, and online platforms. Also in the mix are STEM leaders, a global researcher, a licensed pilot, four gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award recipients. There are decorated varsity athletes, AP Scholars, accomplished musicians, and leaders of student organizations.

Jackson Bellard from Reno, Nevada, is the recipient of the Stamps Forty Acres Scholarship, supported by the Humboldt Mandell Family. Bellard, who attended Galena High School, was the mayor for the city of Marti at the Nevada Boys State Program, a bass player in the Reno Youth Philharmonic Orchestra for six years, and a volunteer, youth coach, and participant at the First Tee of Northern Nevada. Bellard has been recognized with the Experimental Aircraft Association Tinker Murdoch Family Flight Award, a National Merit Scholarship Program Letter of Commendation, and as a First Tee Coca-Cola America’s Future semifinalist. Bellard has been flying since he was 8 years old with the Carson City Experimental Aircraft Association Young Eagles program and earned his private pilot’s license before his high school diploma. He plans to major in aerospace engineering with a minor in public policy. He is the son of Bret and Michelle Bellard.    

Congratulations to Abbi Fleiner!

A huge thank you to Abbi Fleiner and AJGA for their donation of $4,310 through the Leadership Links program!
The Leadership Links program's purpose is to engage competitive junior golfers in charitable activity through volunteerism and fundraising. Charitable activity is associated with golf at virtually every level of the game. Expanding the philanthropic involvement of today’s young players not only benefits individuals today, but also lays a foundation for future charitable activity that will help ensure a continued high level of volunteerism around golf for many years to come. The AJGA, which works to develop golf’s next generation, is in a unique position to carry out such a program. Leadership Links gives juniors all the tools necessary to donate their time, talent, and resources to local charities and AJGA youth development programs, such as the ACE grant program that provides financial assistance to junior golfers who wish to take advantage of top-flight golf opportunities but lack the necessary financial resources. A USGA Grant will match the first $1,000 raised by junior golfers for charitable junior golf programs through Leadership Links.