Monday Morning Golf Report
June 28, 2010
Former Demon Deacon Nannette Hill won her first professional tournament on Sunday as her final round 1-under 71 at the DURAMED Futures Tour's City of Hammond Classic gave her a 2-shot victory over three different players.
Hill, a 2009 Wake Forest graduate, played her final 10 holes in 2-under par to outlast 36-hole leader Jenny Shin as well as Esther Choe and Chelsea Curtis. She opened the tournament with a round of 2-under 70 at the Lost Marsh Golf Course in Hammond, Ind., and then put herself in position to win with a 4-under 68 in the second round on Saturday.
Shin had fired a remarkable 64 in the second round and held a two-shot lead heading into Sunday. But a tough start to the final round by Shin opened the door for the rest of the field. Hill started the final round with seven-straight pars and then made a bogey at the eighth at fall back to 1-over. After a birdie at the par-4 tenth and another at the par-5 13th, Hill opened-up a two-shot lead at 7-under par.
The Pelham, NY, native then made five solid pars to finish out the round and claim her first professional victory with a 54-hole total of 7-under 209.
This is Hill's first full year out on the Futures Tour, which is the LPGA's equivalent to the Nationwide Tour. The top-10 players on the money list at the end of this season will earn their LPGA membership for 2011. Hill has played steady so far this season, making eight cuts in 10 events but her best finish to date was a tie for 12th back in April. The win on Sunday netted Hill $15,400 and gives her $20,996 for the year which is good enough for 14th on the money list.
Hill also earned conditional status on the LPGA Tour this season by finishing tied for 22nd at Q-School last December. But her condition status will only get her in a select number of tournaments and she has yet to make her debut on the tour this season.
Fellow Deacons Laura Crawford and Dolores White were also in the field this week in Indiana. Crawford finished tied for 35th after rounds of 72-71-76. White, who was making her professional debut, missed the 36-hole cut by one-shot after rounds of 75-73.
Hill is scheduled to be in the field next week at the Futures Tour's Falls Auto Group Classic at the Crooked Creek Golf Community in London, Ky. Crawford and White will also be in the field along with fellow Deacons Maggie Simons and Jordan Craig.
At the 38th annual Rice Planters Amateur Championship at Snee Farm Country Club in Mount Pleasant, SC., this past week, All-American Lee Bedford and rising-sophomore Charlie Harrison each finished tied for 41st at 5-over par. Bedford carded rounds of 72-72-75-74 while Harrison checked in with 72-68-78-75. John Varol, who will be freshman in the fall for the Demon Deacons, missed the 54-hole cut after rounds of 77-79-82.
This week on the amateur circuit is the prestigious North & South Amateur at the Pinehurst resort. Bedford received an exemption into the match play and will be the No. 8-seed while Harrison, soon-to-be freshman Beau Cutts and Daniel Meggs will all be in the 18-hole qualifier on Tuesday vying for one of 32 spots in the match play.
Rising-sophomore Evan Beck will be playing this week in the Virginia State Amateur Championship at Belle Haven Country Club, Alexandria, Va.
On the PGA Tour, Webb Simpson made his second-straight cut at the Travelers Championship in Hartford, Conn. Simpson opened with rounds of 67-69 but slipped back with a 5-over 75 on Saturday. He then rebounded to post six birdies on Sunday in his round of 67 and jumped 12 spots to a tie for 57th.
Bill Haas and Billy Andrade, who was playing his first tournament of the season last week, both played well but missed the cut. Haas carded rounds of 69-71 and missed the cut by one shot while Andrade shot rounds of 70-74.
Simpson will look to make it three cuts in a row this week at the AT&T National at the Aronimink Golf Club in Newton Square, Pa.
Len Mattiace and Kyle Reifers were both in action at the Nationwide Tour's Mexico Open Bicentenary at the El Bosque Golf Club last week but both of them would miss the cut. Mattiace carded rounds of 77-72 and Riefers posted scores of 78-74.
The tour returns to the action in two weeks for the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic at The Georgian Bay Club in Clarksburg, Ontario, Canada.
Jay Haas finished the Champions Tour Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, NY, on Sunday with a round of 5-under 67 to finish in a tie for 30th. He led a group of three Demon Deacons as Joe Inman and Jay Sigel each finished tied for 69th at 4-over par.
Haas is the only former Deacon in the field this week at the Montreal Championship but Inman, Gary Hallberg and Leonard Thompson are all on the alternate list.
Laura Diaz had a tough week at the LPGA Championship last week in Pittsford, NY. She carded rounds of 77-79 and missed the 36-hole cut. Diaz will not be playing this week at the Jamie Farr Owings Corning Classic.
Six former Demon Deacons were in the field at the EGolf Tour's Bushnell Championship in Southern Pines last week. Dustin Groves once again led the group as his second round 64 propelled him to a tie for 16th at 12-under par. For the year, Groves has made eight of 11 cuts on the tour and has made just under $23,000.
Chris McCartin rebounded from a tough tournament last week to finish at shot behind Groves at 11-under par. Cortland Lowe got off to a good start with rounds of 67-69 but finished with a pair of 73s to slip to a tie for 54th. Brendan Gielow, Doug Manchester and Chad Wilfong all missed the 36-hole cut.
The tour will have a couple of weeks off before hosting the Southern Championship in Kannapolis, NC, on July 14-17.
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