CARMEL – Bo Van Pelt should feel right at home this weekend.
He expects a large contingent of family and friends to follow him around Crooked Stick Golf Club in the BMW Championship.
His nephew is a caddie at the course, and his mother lives about 15 minutes away from the course.
So when Van Pelt saw Crooked Stick appear on the PGA Tour schedule, he circled the date and made sure he qualified for the tournament – perhaps the only one he’ll play in his home state.
I’m obviously very excited. All my family still lives there, Van Pelt said. It’s where I started to play, where I fell in love with the game of golf, and it’s the first time I’ve been able to play a pro tournament there.
The tour hasn’t been back to Crooked Stick since John Daly shredded the course with the grip it-and-rip it philosophy that sent him from unknown alternate to PGA Championship winner in 1991.
Van Pelt isn’t the only native Hoosier coming home.
Former Indiana University star Jeff Overton, who grew up in Evansville, made the cut after finishing in a tie for seventh at The Deutsche Bank Championship.
Heading into last weekend, the 29-year-old, who turned pro in 2005, appeared to be in danger of missing out on this weekend’s homecoming tournament.
But Overton shot 68 in the final round, produced his best finish since April and jumped to 40th in the points just in time to earn a trip back to a course that he played in college.
This summer, I’ve been up there horsing around, checking the place out to see what it was going to be like for the tournament, Overton said. I’ve been there quite few a times.