Monday Morning Golf Report

June 14, 2010

Webb Simpson broke his missed-cut streak last week at the St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn., finishing tied for 29th at 2-under par.

Simpson, who had missed his last six cuts, opened with rounds of 70-69 to make the cut by two shots. He then matched those rounds over the weekend to move up 10 spots and finish tied for 29th. Simpson has made a total of nine cuts on the year and has banked over $400,000.

Len Mattiace also made a rare start on the PGA Tour last week but his rounds of 73-74 were not go enough to make the cut which fell at 1-over par.

This week is US Open week and unfortunately, there are no former Deacons in the field. Last week in US Open sectional qualifying, seven Deacs tried to play their way in but each one came up a bit short.

At the Columbus, Ohio Sectional, Bill Haas shot rounds of 70-72 (-2) and Billy Andrade carded rounds of 72-72 (E) but the cut fell at 7-under par. Jay Haas was also in the field and withdrew after an opening 73.

In Springfield, Ohio, Brendan Gielow opened with a tough round of 73 but rebounded in the afternoon with a 3-under 67 to finish at even-par. However, the cutline came at 5-under par. Chris McCartin and Dustin Groves each tried their hand at the qualifier in Rockville, Md., last Monday. McCartin played well, posting rounds of 74-70 but was five shots off the pace while Groves came in with rounds of 77-73.

Before heading to Memphis, Len Mattiace played in the qualifier in Summit, NJ, at the Canoe Brook Country Club. He carded two solid rounds of 72-72 and was just two shots out of a playoff for the final spot.

The Nationwide and Champions' Tours both had this past week off. The Nationwide guys will resume action this week at the Fort Smith Classic at the Hardscrabble Country Club in Ft. Smith, Ark., while the seniors will wait one more week before hosting the Dick's Sporting Goods Open at En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott, New York, on June 25-27.

Laura Diaz made her second cut of the season at the LPGA's State Farm Classic last week at the Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield, Ill. She opened with a 72 and then made seven birdies in her second round 70 to make the cut at 2-under. However, a 75 on Saturday set her back and a 72 on Sunday left her in 73rd place. Inclement weather on Sunday pushed the end of the tournament to Monday morning so the standings are not final.

Diaz will return to action this week at the ShopRite LPGA Classic in Galloway, NJ.

The Futures Tour was also in action this past week at the Teva Championship in Mason, Ohio. Laura Crawford posted three solid rounds of 72-71-74 and finished tied for 59th while Nannette Hill shot rounds of 71-79 and missed the 36-hole cut. The pair will jump right back into action at the Tate & Lyle Players Championship this week at the Hickory Point CC in Decatur, Ill.

The EGolf Tour returns to action after a week off at the Bolle Classic this week in Salisbury, NC. All-American Brendan Gielow will be making his professional debut and will be joined by fellow Deacs Dustin Groves, Chris McCartin, Cortland Lowe and Chad Wilfong. The first round of the 54-hole tournament is set to begin on Wednesday.

The 46th North Carolina Open was also played last week at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, NC. Men's head coach Jerry Haas played very well, finishing tied for 8th after rounds of 70-66-71. David Thore also played well as he finished tied for 11th after scores of 70-68-70. Tim Straub was the third former Deacon in the field but he missed the cut after rounds of 74-73.

On the amateur circuit, Justin Bryant carded rounds of 76-78 last week at the Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association's East Side Amateur at the Belk Park Golf Course in Wood River, Ill. He finished the event tied for 68th.

This week, All-American Lee Bedford is competing in the 80th Southeastern Amateur at the Country Club of Columbus in Columbus, Ga. Incoming freshman John Varol is also in action as he tries to qualify for the Southern Amateur on Monday at the Grand Dunes GC in Myrtle Beach.

Rising-junior Daniel Meggs is playing this week in the North Carolina Amateur at the Wilson Country Club in Wilson, NC.

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