Aug. 25, 2005
New Haven, CT - Bob Heintz '92, a former Yale men's golf star, tees off in the PGA TOUR's Buick Championship at 2:00 p.m Thursday in Cromwell, Conn. Heintz will start on the 10th tee at the TPC at River Highlands. He prepared for the tournament with a round at The Course at Yale Wednesday, an auction prize that was part of a golf team fundraiser.
"This place brings back a lot of memories," Heintz said. "There are some holes out here that made me pretty anxious as an undergraduate, so it's fun to see them again today."
Heintz, who listed his three straight individual Ivy titles as a highlight from his days at Yale, credited The Course with aiding his development as a golfer.
"The Course makes you hit every shot," the Academic All-American said. "It taught me a lot about the game.
Heintz resides in Dunedin, Fla. and plays out of Countryside (Clearwater) Country Club. He turned professional in 1992 and joined the PGA TOUR in 2001. His best finish on the tour was a tie for tenth in 2000 at the B.C. Open. He is currently 28th on the tour in putting (1.758 per hole) and has earned $32,692 this year.
"I've done well by making a living playing golf," Heintz said.
He also credited Yale and its alums for providing much-needed assistance.
"The support base at Yale has been awesome," Heintz said. "[Golf course director] Peter Pulaski and [men's coach] Dave Paterson have been a big help with my swing. I want to do well for them, too, because they've been so helpful."
The tournament field includes two of the top ten PGA Tour money winners this year in Kenny Perry (sixth) and Fred Funk (10th) along with notables such as Mark Calcavecchia, Rocco Mediate and Corey Pavin. Last year's winner, Woody Austin, returns after claiming a winning share of $774,000.
Heintz' second round tee time is set for 9:00 a.m. Friday. The tournament runs through Sunday.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity