---- — OPPENHEIM NOW IN HOLE
Two rounds in at the final stage of the PGA’s Qualifying School and Andover’s @text5:Rob Oppenheim officially has his work cut out for him.
Oppenheim tossed up his second straight 1-over par round of 73 and currently sits at in a tie for 142nd place.
Of course, the top 25 finishers gain PGA Tour cards for 2013.
The good news is that Oppenheim has 72 holes left to close the gap, which is currently 9 shots to the fellas tied for 24th.
The bad news is that there have just been too many bogeys early. Yesterday’s round featured four birdies, but the five bogeys were just too many.
Action continues on the Nicklaus courses in Palm Springs, Calif., today.
FENWAY HOLIDAY BLISS
The Fenway Park Winter Light Show, an LED musical performance on the famed Green Monster will debut at the Red Sox Holiday Bash,
he free open-to-the-public event will be held tonight from 5-8 p.m. with light show performances at 5:45, 6:45 and 7:45.
Fenway will transform into a winter wonderland with an interactive Winter Village, complete with a trackless train, moon bounce and a decked-out Christmas tree.
Red Sox players and legends will appear with access to exclusive areas of the ballpark including the Sox clubhouse.
A WEEKEND WITH THE MONARCHS
Those of you needing a professional hockey fix might want to note that the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League host a pair of games this weekend.
Tonight at Verizon Wireless Arena, the Monarchs host the Springfield Falcons at 7 p.m. Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m., it will be the Portland Pirates invading the Queen City. Sunday’s special is a family values four-pack, which includes tickets, four hot dogs or pretzels and four soft drinks for as little as $75.
RIVALS TO COLLIDE
The teams seem to be going in opposite directions, but you can throw out the records when Merrimack and UMass Lowell collide in mens hoop.
The River Hawks host the Warriors Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.
Lowell is off to a 4-1 start, including a huge win over 23rd-ranked Stonehill this week. Merrimack has dropped five in a row after a 2-0 start.
Merrimack has dropped four of the last five to @text5:Greg Herenda’s club.
EASTERN MASS SUPER BOWL SLATE
6 p.m., at Bentley
St. John’s Prep vs. Brockton
1:30 p.m., at Gillette Stadium
Everett vs. Barnstable
2 p.m., at Bentley
Reading vs. Mansfield
3:30 p.m., at Gillette Stadium
Beverly vs. Natick
10 a.m., at Bentley
Wayland vs. Sharon
8 p.m., at Gillette Stadium
Lynnfield vs. Bishop Feehan
10 a.m., at Curry College
St. Mary’s-Lynn vs. Abington
9 a.m., at Gillette Stadium
Cathedral vs. Madison Park
1 p.m., at Curry College
Dorchester vs. Upper Cape