Monday Morning Golf Report
Monday Morning Golf Report

May 17, 2010

Head men's coach Jerry Haas and Tim Straub both qualified for the PGA Mountains Chapter Match Play Championship at Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club in Cashiers, NC, last week. Straub dropped his first round match while Haas defeated Brian Lautenschlager 3&1 Monday morning and Kent Shumate 4&3 Monday afternoon to move into the semifinals. He then downed Shannon Howell 7&6 to setup a championship with Chris Tucker Tuesday afternoon.

Haas jumped out to an early lead on Tucker and held a 1up or 2up advantage most of the way. But Tucker hung around and eventually evened the match and sent it extra holes. Both players made par on the 19th hole and after a good drive and a 6-iron approach, Haas was left with a putt at birdie on the 20th green. Tucker also had a long birdie attempt on the second extra hole but his first putt came up about 8-feet short. After Haas made a nice two-putt par, Tucker missed his par attempt, giving Haas the victory.

In his first match against Lautenschlager, Haas went 1-down through two holes but evened the match with a win at the third and never trailed the rest of the competition. This was Haas' third Mountains Chapter title in the last two years.

Len Mattiace was the only former Deacon in the field at the PGA Tour's Valero Texas Open last week and a washed-out Friday made for a difficult opening two rounds. Mattiace posted a pair of 76s and would miss the cut.

Webb Simpson will return to action this week at the HP Byron Nelson Championship at the TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas in Irving, Texas.

Laura Diaz carded solid rounds of 74-73 at the LPGA Bell Micro Classic last week but she fell a couple of shots off the cutline. Diaz will be in the field this week as received a sponsor's exemption into the Sybase Match Play Championship in Gladstone, NJ.

After opening with a 73 at the Champions Tour Regions Charity Classic in Hoover, Ala., Gary Hallberg posted two good rounds of 69-70 to finish tied for 53rd at 4-under par. Joe Inman finished 65th after rounds of 76-69-72 and Leonard Thompson took 70th at after rounds of 73-74-74.

The tour will have this week off before hosting the Senior PGA Championship at the Colorado Golf Club in Denver, Colo., on May 27-30.

Kyle Reifers and Ron Whittaker each played three solid rounds at the Nationwide Tour's BMW Charity Pro-Am but both players missed the 54-hole cut which fell at 6-under par. Reifers shot rounds of 72-68-71 while Whittaker shot 68-76-67. The Nationwide Tour swings back to the Tar Heel state this week for the Rex Hospital Open at the TPC Wakefield Plantation in Raleigh, NC. Reifers is the only former Deacons entered in the field.

The Futures Tour Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City Championship this past week was also hit by the rain and was shortened to just an 18-hole shootout. Nannette Hill carded a 73 and tied for 44th while Laura Crawford and Jordan Craig each shot a 74 and tied for 66th. Maggie Simons was the fourth Demon Deacon in the field as she carded a 79. The tour will now have three weeks off before hosting the Ladies Titan Tire Challenge in Marion, Iowa.

The EGolf tour will have one more week off before hosting The Grand Harbor Open on May 26-29.

In US Open Local Qualifying on Monday of last week, Cortland Lowe carded a 74 and Kyle Reifers posted a 76 at Marietta Country Club in Marietta, Ga., but both a fell a couple of shots off the qualifying number. Charlie Harrison also shot a 74 at the Planterra Ridge Golf Club in Peachtree City, Ga., but he too missed by a few shots. Chris Cannon was the fourth Demon Deacon in action at the MetroWest Golf Club in Orlando, Fla., last Monday but he posted a 75 and missed by four shots.

On Tuesday, a host of Demon Deacons were in the field at the Treyburn Country Club in Durham, NC, looking to advance to the sectional qualifiers. Unfortunately, none of the Deacs would move on. Lee Bedford led the way with a 2-under 70. He was just one-shot out of a playoff for the final spot. Sophomore Daniel Meggs carded an even-par 72, assistant coach Dan Walters posted a 76, freshman Evan Beck had a 77 and senior Travis Wadkins came in with a 79.

Michael Capone was at the Quicksilver Country Club local qualifier in western Pennsylvania on Wednesday and like his fellow Deacs before him, he came up a couple of shots short. Capone posted a 1-over 73 and missed the cut by two. On Thursday, rising senior Justin Bryant shot a 5-over 76 at the Winghaven Country Club to finish tied for 30th.

At the North Carolina Independent School 3A State Championship last week, incoming freshman John Varol carded rounds of 70-69 on the Champions Course at Bryan Park to record his third runner-up finish. He then had a tough weekend at the Scott Robertson Memorial Tournament in Roanoke, Va., missing the cut after rounds of 74-81.

Fellow recruit Beau Cutts also competed at the North Carolina Independent 2A State Championships last week at the Talamore Golf Club in Pinehurst, NC. He led Kerr-Vance Academy to a runner-up finish as he tied for fifth individually.

This week, another nine Demon Deacons will participate in US Open Local Qualifying. Doug Manchester, Sean Moore and Tony Mollica are all playing on Monday while Chris McCartin Chad Wilfong and Len Mattiace are all in action on Tuesday. Dustin Groves, Tim Straub and Bobby Collins round out the group as they will be trying their hand on Wednesday.

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