By ANNE MARIE TOBIN and BILL BROTHERTON
The suspense continues to mount for Rob Oppenheim.
Oppenheim, a longtime member at Indian Ridge Country Club, is on the Web.com Tour bubble in the race to become one of the top 25 money winners and secure a PGA Tour card for 2018.
Through August 6, Oppenheim was in 27th place after the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, Calif., where he finished tied for 31st. He started out with bang, posting back-to-back 65s in the first two rounds and in prime position to pick up a big paycheck, but fell back on the weekend with scores of 72 and 70 to pick up $3,585. He dropped from 25th to 27th place, with $127,809 in earnings in 2017. The tour began in January.
No doubt, Oppenheim will learn his fate Oct. 1 after the completion of the fourth round of the Web.com Tour Championship, the final event on the 2017 Web.com tour.
That event begins Sept. 28 at the Atlantic Beach Country Club in Atlantic Beach, Fla.
In 2015, Oppenheim earned his tour card, by the slimmest of margins ($101), by finishing 25th.
In 2016 he earned $462,427.44 in 21 events on the PGA Tour and finished 158th on the official earnings list, but failed to keep his card.
Oppenheim was born in Salem and graduated from Andover High School. He led Rollins College to the 2002 NCAA Division II championship and was named the NCAA Division II Player of the Year. While at Rollins, Oppenheim received four straight NCAA All-American honors. Closer to home, Oppenheim won the 2009 Massachusetts Open Championship and the 2002 Massachusetts State Amateur Championship.
Dan Koerner, a 33-year-old from Methuen, won the North Shore Amateur championship August 9-10 at Far Corner Golf Course in West Boxford. Koerner, who plays out of Merrimack Valley Golf Club, shot 75-73 (148) to win by one shot over Ki Kwonofthe host club and Ryan Anderson
of Beverly Golf & Tennis Club. Greg Poor of Haverhill CC finished at 151 to finish fourth. Drew Gerety of Bellevue and Shuvam Bhaumik of Turner Hill were at 152.
Sean Bellemore of Bradford CC was alone in seventh place at 155. At 157 were Nicholas Caruso of Merrimack Valley, Tyler Currie of Hillview and Scott Andy of Bellevue. Dan McKenna of Beverly G&T, Chad Alibozek of Tedesco CC and Chuck Tryder of Bellevue finished at 158.
Mark Turner of Bass Rocks in Gloucester won the Northern Junior Championship, a 36-hole stroke play event contested over two days at New Haven Country Club in Hamden, Conn. Its field is made up of amateur boys and girls younger than 19 who have not entered their first year of college.
Chris Francoeur of Amesbury, Turner’s St. John’s Prep teammate the past few seasons, tied for second place with Alex Jamieson of Duxbury, one shot behind Turner’s 136 total.
Jason Greene, after six years as Wenham Country Club’s head pro, is now at Black Swan in Georgetown. Jack Sullivan will handle the Wenham job on an interim basis.