Monday Morning Golf Report

June 29, 2009

Rising sophomore Cheyenne Woods played in her first professional tournament last week at the Wegmans LPGA and played well, but wound-up missing the cut.

She began the tournament with seven pars and two birdies on the opening nine to go out in 2-over 39. She then started the front nine with a par at No. 1 and a birdie at No. 2 to climb back to 1-over but bogeys at Nos. 5 and 9 coming in left her with a round of 3-over 75. She hit 10 of 15 fairways but just 10 greens in regulation which didn't leave her many opportunities for birdie.

Woods then had an afternoon tee time on Friday but rain swept through the Pittsford, N.Y., area early Friday afternoon and halted play. She would not start her second round until a little before 6 pm. Despite the wait, Woods came out ready to go, making eight pars and two birdies before darkness set in. She was 1-over par for the tournament and squarely on the cut line.

However, Woods was not able to keep the momentum going on Saturday morning as she came out and made a triple-bogey seven at No. 12 and putting thoughts of making the cut in jeopardy. She wasn't able to get much more going the rest of the round but finished in style with a closing birdie at No. 18. Woods ended up 5-over par after rounds of 75-74 and was four shots off the cut.

Laura Diaz, who has been playing better as of late, was also in the field this week at the Wegmans. She opened with a fine round of 2-under par 70 after making a total of four birdies and was tied for 24th after the first round.

But like Woods, Diaz couldn't keep the momentum rolling as she went on to post a 78 in round two and would also miss the cut.

It was a long week for Diaz as she came to Pittsford after making a stop at the CVS Charity Classic on Monday and Tuesday in Barrington, R.I. She and partner Matt Kucher finished second in the two-day best-ball event with a total of 13-under par, three-strokes behind David Toms and Nick Price.

Webb Simpson, Billy Andrade and Monday qualifier Mike Capone were all in action at the PGA Tour's Travelers Championships this weekend.

Andrade made four birdies and holed out for eagle on the par-4 16th in the opening round and finished with a 4-under 66, his lowest 18-hole score of the year. But in round two, he made six bogeys on the opening nine and despite going 3-under on the back nine, Andrade missed the cut by one shot after a 2-over 72.

Simpson nearly matched Andrade in round one, carding a 3-under 67. He then came back with a 1-under 69 on Friday and made the cut for the second time in his last three starts.

An even-par round of 70 on Saturday had the Raleigh, N.C., native in a tie for 55th coming into Sunday's final round but he made six birdies and just one bogey on his way to a 5-under 65. He jumped up to a tie for 26th, which is his best finish since a tie for 11th at Arnold Palmer's tournament back in late March.

Capone, a 2000 graduate, was playing in his first PGA Tournament since the Deutsche Bank Championship back in 2003. He had a tough week however, posting rounds of 79-78 and missed the cut.

It was a good week for the former Deacons at the Nationwide Tour's Players Cup as both Ron Whittaker and Kyle Reifers posted top-10 finishes.

Whittaker has been playing much better golf as of late. After missing six out of his first seven cuts to start the year, he has made the cut each of the last two weeks and opened this week with his lowest round of the year, a 5-under 67. He backed that up with a 71 on Friday to make his third-straight cut.

On Saturday, he went out in even-par 36 after two birdies and a double-bogey but came home with three birdies, an eagle and just one bogey for a round of 4-under 68. He was tied for sixth heading into the final round and after an even-par 72 on Sunday, the 1995 graduate finished the week tied for fifth, which is his best finish of the year.

Reifers started the week out with a pair of 2-under par 70s but on Saturday, he got off to a fast start and vaulted up the leaderboard. He made six birdies in the opening nine holes to go out in a blazing 30. On the back nine, he made his only bogey of the day at No. 11 but closed with birdies at Nos. 14, 16 and 17 to finish with a round of 8-under 64 and was tied for second heading into the final round.

On Sunday, he again got off to a good start, making a pair of birdies in the first three holes but cooled off, making six bogeys over the final 13 holes and wound-up finishing in a tie for seventh after a round of 75.

Len Mattiace was the third former Deacon in the field but he didn't have the same fortune, carding rounds of 74-81 and missing the cut.

There were a total of five Demon Deacons playing at the Champions Tour Dick's Sporting Goods Open this week.

Jay Haas led the group with rounds of 66-68-69 to finish at 13-under par and tied for fifth. Gary Hallberg was one-shot behind him in eighth place after rounds of 67-66-71.

Scott Hoch opened with a 70 but came back with a bogey-free 67 on Saturday and a 69 on Sunday to finish in a tie for 15th at 10-under par.

Lanny Wadkins posted rounds of 72-70-72 to finish at 2-under and tied for 44th while Jay Sigel went 72-74-72 to finish tied for 65th at 2-over par.

Rising senior Brendan Gielow posted yet another solid finish last week at the Northeast Amateur at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, R.I.

After winning the event last year and becoming the only player in tournament history to card four rounds under-par, Gielow picked up right where he left off in the opening round, shooting a 2-under 67.

The Muskegon, Mich., native ran his streak to six-straight rounds under par on Thursday but it wasn't easy. After a double-bogey at the par-4 18th, his ninth hole of the day, Gielow made the turn at 1-over 36.

On the front, he bogeyed No. 4 to fall back to 2-over but he bounced-back with a birdie at No. 5 and then made eagle on the 345-yard par-4 seventh to get to 1-under par. Two pars to finish-up gave him a round of 1-under 68 and left him in a tie for 11th at 3-under through 36-holes.

A 3-under par 66 on Friday had Gielow in position to win his second-straight title but his under-par streak would come to an end in the final round on Saturday. He posted a 3-over 72 and would slip back into a tie for ninth. Despite the tough final round, it was another good finish in a strong amateur field.

After returning late Sunday evening from Japan, where he represented Team USA in the Junior World Cup, Evan Beck came out and looked no worse for ware in the qualifying rounds of the Virginia State Amateur last Tuesday and Wednesday. He carded rounds of 70-74 to finish tied for 14th at even-par.

Beck, along with the other top-32 players from the qualifying rounds advanced to match play but one player that didn't make the top-32 was Beck's playing partner and recent Wake Forest graduate Dustin Groves. Groves had a tough two days, posting rounds of 75-75 and missed the match-play cut by three shots.

Beck opened match play against Jordan Utley in the first round on Thursday and found himself 1-up at the turn after birdies at Nos. 12, 14 and 17. But he lost both holes one and two to fall 1-down and a bogey at the par-3 fifth put him 2-down with four to go.

Both players parred the par-5 sixth and Utley would then take the match 3 and 2 after another par at No. 7.

Rising senior Travis Wadkins gets his summer started this week at the North & South Championship at Pinehurst No. 2. The format is a 64-man match play. The defending champion, Matt Savage, is the No. 1-seed and the next top-29 players were slotted into seeds two through 30. The last 34-seeds will be determined through one 18-hole round of stroke-play on Tuesday, which Wadkins will participate in. The first round of match play starts on Wednesday.

The PGA Tour continues this week as Tiger Woods hosts the AT&T National in Bethesda, Md., while the Nationwide Tour will host the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic in Clarksburg, Ontario, Canada.

The LPGA Tour heads to the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic in Ohio and the Champions Tour will take a week off before hosting the 3M Championship in Minnesota, on July 10-12.

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