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December 16, 2013

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OPP UNDER THE GUN

A Round 4 67, 5-under par, might be too little, too late for Andover’s Rob Oppenheim at the Web.Com Tour qualifying tournament at La Quinta, Calif.

Oppenheim’s four-round total in the final stage stands at 74-75-73-67 — 289, and he currently resides in a tie for 117th.

The event, with a $510,000 total purse, is for standing on the Web.Com Tour, the step below the PGA Tour. Just by reaching the final stage, Oppenheim has conditional status. He is/was gunning for some sort of exempt status out of the gate, which comes with a top 45 or better finish.

To accomplish that, he’ll need to be lights-out over the final two rounds as those guys are all 280 or better right now. But if there is a player on that tour who can shoot birdies, it is Oppenheim. Maybe, there is a 65-65 finish in his future.

Either way, we’ll be watching as the Web.Com Tour opens for real on Feb. 21 in Panama.

REALLY, HOOPS ALREADY

Wow, it seemed like instead of being in the Memorial Gym on Friday night, watching Central topple upset-minded Methuen, I should have been at Veterans Memorial Stadium watching the Division 1 Super Bowl champion Raiders take on Division 3 champion Tewksbury.

I like the Raiders in that mythical battle, by the way. Just for the record, Central would have been too big and too strong inside and would have worn the Redmen down. It would have been a classic, but I like Central.

Interesting that all three major Boston/state polls had the 12-1 Raiders listed ahead of 13-0 Tewksbury.

But that’s a side note. Hoops is upon us. And it’s time to get into that state of mind.

The MVC looks to be set for another great winter on the boys side. Hopefully, the kids continue the trend of coming out to support their teams. The student sections for Methuen and Central Catholic were outstanding on Friday night.

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