It's nice when you want to do a story for an international publication, and all you have to do to get to your source is walk downstairs.
Just talked to Jessica Thompson, who works for GCSAA as a customer solutions consultant. Her husband, Chris, is currently tied for eighth at the PGA Tour Qualifying School in Palm Springs, Calif. He turned in an opening round 70 yesterday, one of only two bogey-free rounds of the day.
"It was pretty windy yesterday, so he was happy with the way he played," Jessica Thompson told me. When you learn to play golf in Kansas like Chris did, you learn how to play in the wind.
Today's golf was delayed for frost. Jessica tells me that when Chris got up this morning, there was a 35-degree wind chill. But it's supposed to warm up, unlike back home in Lawrence, where we're expecting snow.
Chris and Jessica have been together for 10 years, married for two. Even though the leaderboard on PGATour.com doesn't show a flag denoting Chris' nationality, my source tells me he is indeed from the good ol' U.S. of A. Independence, Kan., to be exact.
Jessica is flying out on Friday to join Chris. Is she nervous? "I'm good, I won't be nervous until I get out there," she says. "I'll get nervous the day before the tournament ends... or if he shoots 63 again (like he did at Southern Dunes GC in the second round of the second stage)."
We'll keep you posted on Chris Thompson's quest for a card here on the GCM blog.