Tucson PGA tour professional Michael Thompson (Rincon-University '03) held a clinic for members at Ventana Golf and Racquet Club Wednesday, the course where he grew his game as a youngster under the tutelage of the club 's teaching professional Susie Meyers.
Thompson last summer played an excellent first round at the 2012 U.S. Open shooting a four-under par round of 66, which included seven birdies. He went into the clubhouse that day with a three-shot lead and ended up finishing tied for 2nd. It was his highest finish of the year.
Thompson attended University High School in Tucson, Arizona from 1999 to 2003 and won the Class 4A state team championship in 2003. He was named the Arizona High School State Player of the Year in 2002 and 2003.
Thompson went on to attended Tulane University for two seasons before transferring and playing two years at the University of Alabama where he was named the 2008 SEC Player of the Year.
Thompson was a finalist in the 2007 U.S. Amateur, which earned him invitations to the 2008 Masters Tournament and the 2008 U.S. Open.
He spent one week as number one in the World Amateur Golf Ranking before turning professional in July 2008.
In 2010 Thompson played on the Hooters Tour, and was named the 2010 Hooters Tour Player of the Year. Later that year at the PGA Tour Q-School, Thompson finished tied for 16th and earned his PGA Tour card for the 2011 season.
Thompson is currently ranked 95th in the world and would need top finishes at both the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego and the Waste Management Open in Phoenix to have any shot of jumping into the Top 64 and securing a spot at the WGC Accenture Match Play Tournament at Dove Mountain.
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