Monday Morning Golf Report

June 7, 2010

Rising-senior Natalie Sheary blew away the field at the 12th Connecticut Women's Open last week at the at Wethersfield Country Club. She was the only player to post two under-par rounds and won the event by eight shots.

Sheary opened the tournament with a sensational round of 5-under 67, making a total of six birdies on the day. She had a six-shot lead heading into the final round and would coast home with four birdies and three bogeys for a final round of 1-under 71. Her two round total of 6-under 138 tied her with Suzy Whaley (2002) for the second lowest two round total in Connecticut Women's Open history. She is also the first amateur to win the event since Duke's Liz Janangelo in 2005.

Bill Haas and Webb Simpson were both in the field at the PGA Tour's Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, this past week. Simpson carded rounds of 73-75 and missed his sixth-straight cut. After opening with a 73, Haas posted a 2-under 70 on Friday to make the cut. He then carded rounds of 71-73 over the weekend to finish tied for 41st at 1-under par.

Both players will be in the field again this week at the FedEx St. Jude Classic at the TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tenn.

Ron Whittaker opened the Nationwide Tour's Melwood Prince George's County Open in College Park, Md., with a season-low 5-under 66 and would close with a 4-under 67 on Sunday to finish tied for 22nd at 9-under par. Fellow Deacon Kyle Reifers was also in the field but he missed the cut after a pair of 72s.

The Tour has this week off and will host the Fort Smith Classic at the Hardscrabble Country Club in Ft. Smith, Ark.

Monday is sectional qualifying for the men's US Open and there will be eight former Deacons vying for a spot in the field. Jay Haas, Bill Haas, Webb Simpson and Billy Andrade are all in the field at the Columbus, Ohio, sectional at the Lakes and Brookside Country Clubs. Brendan Gielow will also be in Ohio in the Springfield sectional at the Springfield Country Club.

Chris McCartin, Len Mattiace and Dustin Groves all made it through local qualifying and will also be at the sectional qualifying on Monday. Groves and McCartin will be at the Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md., while Mattiace is at the Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, NJ.

The Champions Tour hosted the Principle Charity Classic this past week at the Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Gary Hallberg and Jay Haas both finished tied for 30th at 3-under par. Hallberg carded rounds of 68-71-71 and Haas went around in 71-68-71.

The seniors will now have two weeks off before hosting the Dick's Sporting Goods Open at En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott, New York, on June 25-27.

Five former Deacons were in the field at the EGolf Tour's The HGM Hotels Classic at Rock Barn. Cortland Lowe led the group with an 11th place finish after rounds of 68-68-68-70 (15-under). This was the biggest check Lowe has cashed on the tour this season and he has made just over $14,000 on the year in seven events.

Chad Wilfong also enjoyed his best week of the season finishing a shot behind Lowe at 14-under par after rounds of 65-69-71-68. Chris Cannon finished tied for 56th at 6-under par while Dustin Groves and Chris McCartin both missed the cut.

The next event will be the Bolle Classic in the Lexington, NC, area on June 16-19.

This week is also the 46th North Carolina Open at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, NC. Men's head coach Jerry Haas will be joined by Tim Straub and David Thore. The tournament is a 54-hole event and will run from Tuesday through Thursday.

Nannette Hill and Laura Crawford both had tough weeks at the DURAMED Futures Tour's Ladies Titan Tire Challenge in Marion, Iowa, last week. Hill missed the cut after rounds of 77-75 and Crawford also missed the cut with a pair of 79s. Both players will be right back in action this week at the Teva Championship at the Golf Center at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio.

The LPGA Tour had last week off and will hold the LPGA State Farm Classic this week at the Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield, Ill. Laura Diaz will be the only former Deacon in the field.

In US Women's Open Sectional Qualifying last week, Jordan Craig shot rounds of 86-84 at the Fox Chapel Country Club in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Wednesday and missed the cut while Jean Chua (77-81) and Maggie Simons (81-80) both missed the cut at Carolina Trace in Sanford, NC, on Thursday.

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