Monday Morning Golf Report
June 15, 2009
Rising senior Brendan Gielow put together four solid rounds at the 2009 Sunnehanna Amateur this past week at the Sunnehanna Country Club in Johnstown, Pa., to finish tied for ninth in a strong field.
The Muskegon, Mich., native made a total of ten birdies in the first two rounds to post scores of 67-68 and was tied for fifth at 5-under par.
A 2-over 72 in the third round dropped him back to 3-under but he was still in a tie for fifth with 18 holes to play. In Sunday's final round, Gielow wasn't able to mount a charge, carding a 3-over 73, and finished with a 72-hole total of even-par 280. Nobody was able to catch Penn State's Kevin Foley this week, who shot an amazing 9-under 61 in the first round and led wire-to-wire for the victory.
Gielow will return to action this week at the Monroe Invitational, another top amateur tournament. It is being played at Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford, N.Y. Gielow finished tied for 31st last year after rounds of 74-74-73-72=293 (+13)
At the PGA Tour's St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn., Webb Simpson made five birdies in the first round but was able to do no better than even-par 70. He knew he would have to post something under par to make the cut but despite three more birdies in round two, he wound up carding a 1-over 71 and missed the cut by one shot.
Bill Haas also teed-it up this week in Memphis but he struggled to a 77 in the opening round and like Simpson, would fall short of the cut line.
The same was true for both Kyle Reifers and Len Mattiace at the Nationwide Tour's Knoxville Open. Mattiace carded rounds of 72-78 to miss the cut and Reifers posted 69-72 to sit at 3-under par but the cut fell at a stunning 5-under par.
The LPGA Tour hosted its second major this past week at the McDonalds LPGA Championship and despite a good finish two weeks ago, Laura Diaz wasn't able to roll that momentum into this week as she posted rounds of 75-79 and wasn't around for the weekend.
In US Women's Open sectional qualifying last week, rising junior Dolores White teed-it up at Carolina Trace's Lakes Course in Sanford, N.C., last Thursday. She opened with a solid round of even-par 72 and was right in the mix for one of the six qualifying spots. But a 6-over 78 in the afternoon round dropped her out of contention. White finished at 6-over 150 and was four-shots out of a playoff.
Today, recent graduate Nannette Hill will try to qualify for the US Open at Neshanic Valley Golf Course in Neshanic Valley, N.J. Also, 2009 recruit Michele Shin will also try to make her first US Open as she plays in the sectional qualifier at Plantation Bay Golf Club in Ormond Beach, Fla.
After falling short in his bid to qualify for the US Open last Monday, 2009 mens recruit Evan Beck is off to Toyota City, Japan, to represent the US this week at the Junior World Cup Team Matches. Action starts today, June 15 and runs through Friday. The official website to follow the Junior World Cup is www.wjgtc.org.
This week is also US Open Week and the only current or former Deacon in the field is 2003 graduate Cortland Lowe. This is Lowe's first US Open and he made it by claming medalist honors at the Dayton sectional qualifier after a stunning round of 62 in the opening round. He will get his open started at 2:42 on Thursday in the last grouping off the back nine.
Charlie Harrison, a 2009 recruit, is taking his game over seas this week for the British Amateur Championship. It is being played at Formby and West Lancashire. Harrison posted a 79 in the first round of stroke play.
Chris Cannon is also in the field and is off to a good start, shooting a 1-under 71 in the opening round. Cannon, who is from Lewes, England, played for the Deacons as a freshman in the fall of 2007 before returning back home to England.
The Nationwide Tour will keep things rolling at the Fort Smith Classic in Fort Smith, Arkansas while the Champions Tour is taking one more week off before hosting the Dick's Sporting Goods Open on June 26-28.
The ladies will also have this week off and will host the Wegmans LPGA on June 25-28. Rising sophomore Cheyenne Woods has received a sponsors exemption into the field and will be playing in her first LPGA event. Also, rising junior Natalie Sheary will be trying to make the field by virtue of the Monday qualifier.
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