Monday Morning Golf Report

June 21, 2010

Rising-junior Lee Bedford played four solid rounds at the 81st Southeastern Amateur last week at the Columbus Country Club in Columbus, Ga., to finish fourth at 9-under par.

Bedford opened with rounds of 69-70-71 and was just 3-under heading into the final round. He then made eight birdies on Saturday in his round of 6-under 65 to jump to fourth alone. His round was only bested by champion Derek Chang who closed out his second-straight title with a 7-under 64.

Bedford will now join teammate Charlie Harrison and future teammate John Varol this week at the 38th annual Rice Planters Amateur Championship at Snee Farm Country Club in Mount Pleasant, SC.

Varol was also in action this past week as he tried to qualify for the Southern Amateur. He carded a 77 at the Grande Dunes Golf Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC, but came up a couple of shots off the pace. Rising-junior Daniel Meggs was also in the field but he carded an 86 and also came up short.

Later in the week, Meggs moved-on to Wilson Country Club for the North Carolina Amateur but he would miss the 36-hole cut after rounds of 75-74.

Beau Cutts, who will be a freshman for the Demon Deacons in the fall, shot a 79 in his Southern Amateur qualifier at the Mid South Golf Club in Pinehurst, NC, last week but he too fell a bit short.

In the professional ranks, Ron Whittaker finished tied for 39th at the Nationwide Tour's Fort Smith Classic at the Hardscrabble Country Club in Fort Smith, Ark., this past week. Whittaker carded rounds of 69-68-70-69 (-4) and made a total of 15 birdies for the week. Kyle Reifers was also in the field but rounds of 73-73 left him short of the cut.

Reifers will be joined by fellow Deacon Len Mattiace next week south of the border in the Nationwide Tour's Mexico Open Bicentenary at the El Bosque Golf Club.

Bill Haas and Webb Simpson will return to action this week as the PGA Tour hosts the Travelers Championship at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. The Champions Tour will also return to action this week at the Dicks Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, NY. Jay Haas, Jay Sigel and Lanny Wadkins will all be in the field.

The EGolf Tour hosted the Bolle Classic this past week in Salisbury, NC, this past week. Dustin Groves was the only one of five Demon Deacons to make the cut as he finished tied for 34th at 11-under par. Brendan Gielow, who was making his professional debut, and Chad Wilfong both missed the cut at 2-under par while Cortland Lowe finished at 1-over par and Chris McCartin was 4-over par.

The tour continues this week with the Bushnell Championship at the Little River and Southern Pines Golf Clubs. Groves, Gielow, Lowe, Doug Manchester, McCartin and Wilfong will all be in the field.

Laura Diaz opened the LPGA Tour's ShopRite LPGA Classic at the Dolce Seaview Resort in Galloway, NJ, with a 77 and despite a 73 in the second round, she would miss the cut. She will be in the field this week at the Wegmans LPGA Championship at the Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford, NY.

At the Futures Tour Tate & Lyle Players Championships in Decatur, Ill., Laura Crawford shot rounds of 71-70-72-69 - 282 (+2) to finish tied for 53rd. Nannette Hill finished a couple of shots behind her after rounds of 68-72-73-71.

Both players will be in the field again this week at the City of Hammond Classic Hammond, Ind. Recent graduate Dolores White will also be teeing-it-up this week as she is making her professional debut.

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