Golf Digest U.S. Open
Challenge Finalists

March 19, 2009

Age: 58
Residence: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Occupation: Phoenix police lieutenant
Handicap: 8 (estimated)
Home courses: Kierland GC, TPC Champions, and Grayhawk in Scottsdale
Six words: I'm a Cop, I'll Shoot Low!
Bio: Born and raised in Chicago where he worked as a street cop. Moved to Arizona 20 years ago and took up golf. His favorite playing partner is his 12-year-old grandson, Nicholas.

Age: 55
Residence: McLean, Va.
Occupation: Doctor, Internal Medicine
Handicap Index: 4.1
Home course: Hidden Creek CC, Reston, Va.
Six words: I'm a doctor. I understand pain.
Bio: Grandson of a preacher and son of a physician, Matthews is an expert on doctor-patient relations and the role of faith in medicine. He has authored two books, appeared on "Oprah," and recently sang on stage with The Drifters. His dream job is to be the radio voice of the New York Yankees.

Bob Ray
Age: 53
Residence: Arnold, Md.
Occupation: Fire Chief
Handicap Index: 7.9
Home course: Bay Hills GC, Arnold, Md.
Six words: Fire Chief burns up the course
Bio: Commands 860 firefighters and 500 volunteers for Anne Arundel County. He lives on a golf course and practices on his neighbor's back-yard green. Stepson, Colin, is about to graduate as a Navy SEAL in San Diego, and daughter, Annie, is the captain of the boys golf team at her high school in Annapolis, Md.

Philippede Kerillis
Age: 39
Residence: Erdenheim, Pa.
Occupation: Emergency Medicine Physician
Handicap Index: 7.6
Home course: Manufacturers G&CC, Fort Washington, Pa.
Six words: ER doctor ready for Bethpage trauma
Bio: Grew up on Long Island and lost his father at age seven. He and three brothers were raised by their deaf mother. He caddied at age 14 at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, NY and has previously played at Bethpage. Now he's an ER doctor near Philadelphia.

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