Monday Morning Golf Report
July 5, 2010
At the North & South Amateur last week at Pinehurst No. 2, All-American Lee Bedford made a nice run in the match play before bowing out in the quarterfinals. He was the No. 7-seed and took care of Aaron Stewart, the son of the late Payne Stewart, in 19 holes in the opening round.
The Cary, NC, native then dominated Chad Seifert 6&4 in the second round Thursday morning and outlasted Jonathan Pannone 2 and 1 in the afternoon. But his run would end on Friday morning in the quarterfinals as Donald Constable claimed a 1 up victory.
Charlie Harrison also had a good week as he shot a 2-over 73 in the stroke play qualifier to make the match play. He then had a good match with Travis Ross in the opening round but eventually fell 1 down.
Beau Cutts, who will be a freshman this fall for the Demon Deacons, carded a 74 in Tuesday's stroke play qualifier and was in a nine-for-one playoff for the final match play spot. He unfortunately did not make it. Daniel Meggs also played in the stroke play qualifier and carded a 75 which was just a shot out of the playoff.
Rising-sophomore Evan Beck played in the Virginia State Amateur last week and he too made the match play portion. Beck carded a pair of 73s in stroke play and earned one of the 32 spots in the match play. But the Virginia Beach, Va., native fell in the opening round to Seth Norman of Norfolk, Va., 1 down.
Beck will be right back in action this week at the 54th Eastern Amateur which is being held at Elizabeth Manor Golf & Country Club in Portsmouth, Va.
On the PGA Tour, Webb Simpson fired rounds of 72-70-68-73 at the AT&T National at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa. He finished the event tied for 41st and has now made three-straight cuts. Simpson will also be in the field this week as the tour heads to Illinois for the John Deere Classic.
Jay Haas opened the Champions' Tour Montreal Championship with a 66 and closed with a bogey-free 67 to finish in a tie for 5th at 13-under par. It was his best finish since tying for 4th at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in late April.
Gary Hallberg also had a nice week as he tied for 29th after rounds of 68-69-71. The tour will now be off until it heads to Scotland for the Senior Open Championship at Carnoustie on July 22-25.
The Nationwide Tour had last week off and will hold the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic in Ontario, Canada, this week. Former Deacons Kyle Reifers and Ron Whittaker will both be in the field.
The LPGA Tour hosted the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic this past week in Northwest Ohio but there were no former Deacons in the field. Laura Diaz will compete this week at the US Women's Open at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa.
Five former Deacons were in action this past week at the DURAMED Futures Tour's Falls Auto Group Classic in London, Ky. Dolores White, who was playing in just her second professional event, led the group as she finished tied for 29th at 4-under par. Maggie Simons finished tied for 57th at 3-over and last week's winner Nannette Hill took 60th at 4-over par.
Laura Crawford and Jordan Craig were also in the field but both players missed the cut. The tour will have this week off before host the ING New England Golf Classic in Bloomfield, Conn., on July 16-18.
The EGolf Tour had last week off and will have one more week off before hosting the Southern Open in Kannapolis, NC, on July 14-17.