Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Are You Going to be in Tucson around Christmas?

I heard that Michael will be putting on a golf clinic for kids in the Tucson area this Sunday up in the Oro Valley area.

Here's some photos from the event:

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Michael M.I.A.

Michael did not play at the Hooters Winter Tour event this week at Southern Dunes Golf Club. Joe Affrunti won, and took the #1 spot on the money list, moving Michael down to #2.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Thompson's Steady Play Continues at Sugarloaf

Michael finished T12th at the Sugarloaf Mountain Golf Club. He also stayed atop the Money List for the Winter Series. So far he's played in four tournaments and finished at 12th or better in all 4. There's five more tournaments left to play and he's already signed up to play in all of them.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Thompson Takes First at Timacuan

The Timacuan Golf Club beat up a lot of players this week as we saw some of the best go down with triple bogeys in the first two rounds but today Michael Thompson (-18) of Birmingham, Al took the 7025 yard course by the horns and beat it. Thompson backed up his rounds of 69-66 and made ten birdies today as he peeled of a nine-under 63, giving him a 5 shot victory in this weeks event. That victory pushed Thomson into the lead on the money list.
via www.sinktheputts.com (No longer available)

Friday, December 4, 2009

Thompson Tackles Timacuan

The Bridgestone Winter Series-Week Six
Timacuan Golf Club
December 1-3, 2009
Lake Mary, FL (December 3, 2009)…Michael Thompson (Birmingham, AL) carded a nine-under par 63 Thursday in the final round of The Hooters Tour’s Bridgestone Winter Series over the 7,025 yard, par 72 Timacuan golf club to garner his first Hooters Tour victory.
The twenty-four year old carded rounds of 69-66-63 for a three day total of eighteen-under par 198 and a five stroke victory over second round leader Matthew Kohn (Maitland, FL), Robbie Greenwell (Georgetown, ON) and Zack Sucher (Loxley, AL). Greenwell fired a six-under par 66 Thursday, while Zucher and Kohn carded rounds of 68 and 70 to finish at thirteen-under par 203.
Thompson, a former Alabama Crimson Tide golfer, takes home $12,462 for his victory, while the trio of Greenwell, Kohn and Sucher take home $5,081 for their runner-up finishes.
With his victory Thursday, Michael Thompson moves into the lead of the member’s money list with $17,563 in earnings. The top 10 members at season’s end will earn full exempt status for the 2010 Hooters Pro Series with their membership fee waived.
The Bridgestone Winter Series travels to Sugarloaf Mountain Golf Club next week for week 7 of the season with action starting Tuesday, December 8, 2009.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Former Alabama golfer Michael Thompson wins first Hooters Tour title at Timacuan

Michael Thompson knew exactly where he stood going into Thursday’s final round of the NGA Hooters Winter Series event at Timacuan Golf Club – two behind the second-round leader Matthew Kohn. But even after shooting a 29 on the front 9, he wasn’t sure where he stood when he teed it up on the tough 18th, the final hole of the 54-hole event. 
“I didn’t know at all. I do know that I was really nervous,” said the 24-year-old Thompson.Nerves or not, he drained a 16-foot birdie putt to finish off a nine-under-par 63 and what proved to be a five-shot victory. It was his first win after two years on theNGA Hooters Pro Golf Tour, and was worth $12,400 pushing him to the top of the Winter Series money list.
The Birmingham, AL, resident and former University of Alabama player carded a three-day total of 18-under-par 198 and a five-stroke victory over Kohn (Maitland, FL), Robbie Greenwell (Georgetown, ON) and Zack Sucher (Loxley, AL). 
Timacuan’s own Marcus Manley holed out a wedge for an eagle two on 17 then birdied 18 to finish fifth at 12-under.
The other big winner this week was the host course, Timacuan Golf Club, which proved to be a solid test for the field of 132.
“Timacuan is a really good course; I enjoyed playing it,” said Thompson, who finished second in the 2007 U.S. Amateur to Colt Knost. “It makes you focus on the tee shot. That’s what makes it tough. Hit the fairway and you’ve got a decent chance to score well.
“The greens rolled really well. They weren’t terribly fast, but they putted very true.”
The Timacuan community and club are located off Rinehart Road near State Road 46-A in Lake Mary. Timacuan is ranked among the top courses in all of Florida. Designed in 1988 by Ron Garl and refurbished by Bobby Weed in 1995, Timacuan is a par 72 that features two distinctly different nines. 
Prior to starting work on the layout, Garl spent time in Scotland studying Links-style architecture, and that research is very evident on Timacuan’s front nine. Sprawling bunkers, generous landing areas, oversized, undulating greens, and framing mounds combine to create a challenging and memorable nine holes.
The back nine has more of a Carolinas Low Country feel, with beautiful oak trees and tall pines providing the framing. One large body of water comes into play on 15, 16 and 17, demanding accuracy. 
Nearly every green complex has closely-mown fringe areas, allowing for a variety of shot selections when players miss the green.
“Timacuan is a semi-private golf club with a private-club feel,” said Timacuan General Manager Johnson. “Our visiting guests receive the same first-class treatment as our members. That’s one of the reasons we see the same players return year after year during the season. They seem to love the service, and the uniqueness of the layout at Timacuan.”
For more information about Timacuan, visit www.golftimacuan.com, or call 407-321-0010
Via Examiner.com Orlando

First Win as a Professional Golfer!

Michael scored his first career pro golf tournament win at the Timacuan Golf Club today! He also brought himself to the lead of the winter series money list by earning an additional $12,462

Thursday, November 12, 2009

2nd Top 10 Finish in a Row on the Hooters Winter Tour

Michael finished in 7th place at this week's Hooters Tour Winter Series event at Deer Island Golf Club.

Top 10 Finish on the Winter Tour

Last week Michael finished in 7th place at the North Shore Golf Club. It was his first event on the 2009-2010 Hooters Tour Winter Series.

Friday, October 30, 2009

All Tricks, No Treat

Michael failed to qualify for the 2nd round of Q-school.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

First Stage of Q School Starting Soon

Michael will be playing in the first qualifying stage of Q school on Oct 27-30 at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in Valdosta, GA

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

2009 Hooters Pro Tour Statistics

Michael Thompson
Total Tournaments: 14    In the Money: 7    Missed Cuts: 7
Season Scoring Averages by Round
Total rounds: 42  
To Par-0.64-0.07-2.29-2.71-1.07

All tournaments

I-40 Hooters Tour Open at Rock Barn Presented by Terry Moore Ford Country 3/15/2009MC-
Georgia Sports Orthopedic Specialists Classic at Royal Lakes 4/19/2009MC-
Jani-King Classic4/26/2009  T16 $2,470.00 220 
2009 Savannah Lakes Village Classic 5/3/2009  T16 $2,600.00 220 
The Sunset Hills NGA Classic pres. by the City of Edwardsville, IL & the Village of Glen Carbon, IL5/17/2009  T17 $2,457.00 210 
NGA Hooters Tour Classic at Quail Crossing Presented by Comfort Inn East5/23/2009  T9 $4,763.00 290 
Gold Strike Casino Golf Classic6/14/2009  T34 $1,449.00 96 
The Buffalo Run Casino Classic presented by the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma6/21/2009MC-
Bentonville Open Presented by Microtel Inn & Suites of Bentonville6/28/2009MC-
The Onion Creek Classic presented by the Dominion Golf Group 8/2/2009  T6 $6,837.00 350 
The Texas Honing Open presented by Robert Steele8/9/2009MC-
ComSouth Classic Presented by Southern Hills8/30/2009  T13 $2,649.00 250 
Silver Star Hotel & Casino Golf Classic Presented by Michelob Ultra9/13/2009MC-
Capitol Chevrolet Classic10/4/2009MC-
Totals:   $23,225.001636

Friday, October 2, 2009

I'm a Ford man myself

Michael missed the cut at this week's tournament, The Capitol Chevrolet Classic

Friday, September 11, 2009

Time to Head Over to the Saloon

Michael missed the cut at the Silver Star Hotel & Casino Golf Classic in Choctaw, MS

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Michael? Michael?

Michael's not playing at the Hooters Tour Dothan Classic this week. Not sure why. Anyone know? I checked the fields on the Nationwide Tour and PGA tour and he's not playing there either.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Yet Another Top 20 Finish

Michael Thompson finished T13 at the ComSouth Classic, earning $2,649.  It was his 5th finish in the top 20 this year.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Off to a great start at the Com South Classic

The Hooters Tour is back in action after a break that lasted several weeks. Michael is in 7th place after the first round at the ComSouth Classic in Hawkinsville, GA. He shot a -6, which is a great start. Due to a 4 hour rain delay, the 2nd round scores will be trickling in late and the afternoon golfers are being bumped to Saturday morning start times.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Ooh la la

This is from 2008, but the "Ladies..." sports blog wrote an article on Michael Thompson being a "Sports Hottie to Watch"
Sports Hotties To Watch
By cinnamongirl
With the weather getting nicer, I have started thinking about summer sports. Being from Minnesota, where everyone bundles up for half the year, I have also started to think about guys looking hot in the warmer temperatures. So I thought to myself, why not take a look at some college golfers? As luck would have it, one of the Verizon Showcase players of the week is Michael Thompson. As you can see, he’s one to watch.
Besides the obvious beautiful eyes, there is more to his story. I’ll explain, after the jump.
Here are some of the impressive stats racked up so far by Michael Thompson:
- Ranked no. 2 in Arizona and in the Top 20 of junior players nationally as a senior at University High School
- Named Player of the Year by the Junior Golf Association of Arizona and two different newspapers
- Twice won the Gil Campos Award as the most promising underclassman on his high school team
- 2005 Louisiana Sports Writers Association Male Golfer of the Year
- Qualified for the Honor Roll all four years of high school
- 2007 Academic All-SEC (accounting major)
- 2007 Greystone Invitational chamption at 16-under par, the amateur tournament’s record
Michael Thompson began his college career at Tulane University, but left when their golf program disbanded after Hurricane Katrina. He then elected to go to the University of Alabama and is currently ranked 6th by the Golfweek Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking. Thompson was one of only three amateurs at the Masters this past April. He qualified by placing second at the 2007 US Amateur tournament.
It seems that in addition to looking good while playing, Michael Thompson also has an incredible sense of honor, as well as being strong in character. Maybe he gets that from being an Eagle Scout. While battling for a chance to make the cut on the 15th hole at Augusta in Friday’s second round, he noticed the ball move slightly when he grounded his putter. Under the rules, Thompson called a penalty stroke on himself. As the Chicago Tribune reported, Thompson was clearly rattled and bogeyed the next three holes, finishing with a 78 and missing the cut by 4 strokes.
As reported in Golf Week, Bobby Jones would have been proud. Jones once called a penalty on himself, and when complimented for his action, Jones said, “You might as well praise a man for not robbing a bank.” Thompson, who is probably too young to have heard of the Bobby Jones’ incident, simply said about his own decision, “That’s the person I am. I’m very honest and trustworthy. I don’t want to cheat.”
Even Ben Crenshaw remarked on Thompson’s act, “He handled himself beautifully. … You should not dismiss lightly what he did.”And CBS analyst David Feherty added, in his classic golf reporting accent, “He can be very, very proud. It shows the type of character he has.”
Thompson had his dad caddy for the Par 3 Contest, where he ended up tied for fourth at 2-under-par with Ben Crenshaw and Fred Couples, just three shots behind the winner, Rory Sabbatini.
After this, he did go on to shoot a 7-under-par 65 to win the individual crown and lead Alabama to its second Southeastern Conference golf championship. It looks like he has his confidence back. He even had the opportunity to shake Jack Nicklaus’ hand at the Masters, and he was announced as a finalist for the Jack Nicklaus Award as the top male college golfer.
He will be playing in his first U.S. Open in June. It will be fun to see how he does. We’ll see him again, I’m sure. How many of you ladies will be rooting for him?
via Ladiesdotdotdot.wordpress.com

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Hey, are you guys available next week?

Michael finished tied for 6th place at the Onion Creek Classic and earned himself a $6837 paycheck.  He's now in 29th place on the earnings list.  My mom reported that Michael's brother Zach, and father Mike were also able to make it out to the tournament.  That's his best finish yet on the Hooters Tour.  I think having family there was a good luck charm.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

We're gonna have some soggy grilled onions

After a month long break, the Hooters Tour is back in action at the Onion Creek Classic. Michael will have a cheering section as Michael's uncle, Chris Jerman as well his aunt, my mom Pat have flown out to Austin, TX to attend the tournament. The weather is not that great, as it's expected hover around 100 degrees and rain.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Striking Gold....well it's only a little bit of gold, but gold nonetheless

Michael finished in 34th place at the Gold Strike Casino Classic, part of the Hooters Pro Tour.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Swing and a miss

Michael missed the cut at The Buffalo Run Casino Classic

Monday, June 8, 2009

Maybe next year

Michael failed to qualify for the US Open. Better luck next year!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Michael will be "Walking in Memphis"

Finally found confirmation that Michael's US Open Qualifier will be in Memphis. There will be 110 golfers playing for 12 spots (+2 alternates) on June 8.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Thompson to play in US Open Qualifier

My parents spoke with Michael at Zach's graduation and report that he will be playing in a Sectional US Open Qualification tournament. It's a 36 hole, 1 day event. The top 20 players will qualify to play in the US Open. Michael got to skip to this last round of qualifier by making the cut in last year's US Open. Of the 13 sites holding a qualifier that day, I'm not sure which one he's playing in.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Thompson finishes in the top 10!

Michael finished in 9th place with a -20. That makes 4 tournaments in a row finishing in the top 20, and moves him up to 31st place in the overall standings. He'll be taking this week off to attend his brother Zach's graduation from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Another tournament, another cut made

Michael sailed into the final rounds of the The NGA Hooter's Tour Classic at Quail Crossing Presented by Comfort Inn East, tied for 11th (-9) with his University of Alabama teammate Mark Harrel.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

I think he can, I think he can...

Michael finished in 17th place (+3). That's the third tournament in a row where he finished in the top 20. He's also climbing in the Hooters Tour Money list, now at 48th out of 172. He'll need some top 10 finishes to get up near the top of that list though.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Who picks these tournament names?

This week Michael will be playing in "The Sunset Hills NGA Classic pres. by the City of Edwardsville, IL & the Village of Glen Carbon, IL". I think this event wins the award for the longest name.
UPDATE: Michael finished the 2nd round at +1 overall. Looks like that should be good enough to make the cut.

Monday, May 11, 2009

I've got some overachieving cousins.

Michael's brother Zach will be graduating from the Air Force Academy later this month. He was one of the top students of his class and will be training to be a pilot next. Congratulations Zach!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Make it a double

Michael finished at -8, good for 16th place at the Savannah Lakes Village Classic.  That's two weeks in a row he's finished T16th.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Michael refreshed, ready to have fun

Michael is playing in the Savannah Lakes Village Classic in South Carolina.
My sister saw Michael in Tucson several weeks ago while he was practicing with Susie Meyers. She said he had felt refreshed after the break and was ready to "Just have fun".

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Thompson has a Payday for dessert.

Michael finished at -12, good for 16th place at the Jani-King Classic.  It was his first payday of the year, ending a 5 tournament streak of missed cuts.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Thompson orders bogey-free ball, doesn't get it his way

Michael is in 7th place at the Jani-King Classic after 2 rounds. He shot a -2 on Friday, following his -6 on Thursday. The one hickup was a double bogey on the second hole. Other than that it's been bogey free ball for two rounds of play.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Thompson has it his way at Jani-King Classic

Michael is playing in the Jani-King Classic in North Carolina on the Hooters Tour. He had an excellent first round. He went bogey free and finished at -6, which was good for 3rd place after the first round....2 shots back from the leader.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Some off time, then a weekend off too

Michael spent two weeks off in Tucson, practicing with his swing coach Susie Meyers. Following that, he played in the Hooters Tour Georgia Sports Orthopedic Specialists Classic at Royal Lakes but missed the cut.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Thompson gets cut at the barn

Michael missed the cut at the Hooter's Tour Open at Rock Barn.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Another PGA event, another missed cut :(

Michael missed the cut at the PGA's Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

More experience gained on the PGA tour

Michael played at the PGA's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am but did not make the cut.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Gearing up for the Hooters Tour

Last week, Michael played in an event in Phoenix as part of the Gateway Winter Series Tour, but did not make the cut.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

The scoop from Xmas dinner

My sister had Christmas dinner with the Thompson clan and told me that Michael's next event was being held in Texas sometime in January. I'm assuming that it was for the Hooters Tour Ranking School being held in Houston on Jan.19-23.