Monday Morning Golf Report

July 12, 2010

Rising-sophomore Evan Beck fired four-sub 70 rounds at the 54th Eastern Amateur at Elizabeth Manor Golf & Country Club in Portsmouth, Va., last week and finished second in a very strong field.

He opened with a solid round of 68 and followed that with a 67 in the second round. After a sensational 66 in the third round on Saturday, he jumped to a tie for fourth heading into the final round. On Sunday, he fired a second 68 to climb to a tie for second as Dominic Bozzelli carded a final round 64 to take the title by 4-shots.

Beck will look to keep the momentum rolling this week as he is playing in the SunTrust State Open of Virginia which starts on Thursday at the Independence Golf Club in Midlothian, Va.

Jerry Haas shot an even-par 70 in the first round of the 5th Metropolitan Open Championship at the CC of St. Albans outside of St. Louis. He started the second round tied for fifth and remained in the top-10 after a second-straight round of 70 on Friday.

In the final round, Haas made two birdies in the final five holes and settled for a round of 1-over 71 to finish tied for ninth.

Justin Bryant also played in the Met Open and carded rounds of 77-76 but missed the 36-hole cut.

The main amateur event this week is the Southern Amateur at Shoal Creek in Birmingham, Ala. As of now, there are no Demon Deacons in the field but Charlie Harrison, who is coming off a good showing at the North & South Amateur, will try to earn a spot in the qualifier on Monday.

This week is also the first week of US Amateur qualifying. The women are up first as rising-sophomore Stephanie Kim and incoming freshman Brooke Rohrbach will both be playing at the Haworth Country Club in Haworth, NJ, on Monday. Also on Monday, rising-junior Hunter Ross is playing at the Sapona Country Club in Lexington, NC, and rising-senior Natalie Sheary is trying her hand at The Ranch Golf Club in Southwick, Mass. On Tuesday, Michelle Shin will be in action at The Wanderers Club in Wellington, Fla.

In the professional ranks, Webb Simpson was the only Demon Deacon in the field at the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic last week. He opened with rounds of 66-67 and was tied for 8th through two rounds. But he would card a pair of 70s over the weekend and slipped back to a tie for 21st.

The PGA Tour will have a split schedule this week. Bill Haas is representing the Demon Deacons at The Open Championship at St. Andrews while Len Mattiace will be the only Deacon in the field at the Reno-Tahoe Open.

The Nationwide Tour's Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic last week at the Georgian Bay Club in Clarksburg, Ontario, Canada, was a shootout. The cut fell at a remarkable 6-under par and the winner, Peter Tomasulo, finished at 24-under par.

Former Deacon Ron Whittaker opened with rounds of 68-67-69 and was tied for 25th at 10-under par through three rounds. He then finished with his fourth-straight sub-70 round as a 69 put him in a tie for 27th. Kyle Reifers made a total of seven birdies in his second round 66 but he missed the cut by one shot.

The pair will also be in the field this week as the tour heads back to the states for the Chiquita Classic at the TPC River's Bend in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Champions Tour will have one more week off before heading to Scotland for the Senior Open Championship at Carnoustie on July 22-25.

The LPGA Tour hosted the U.S. Women's Open this past week at Oakmont and the only former Deacon in the field was Laura Diaz. She had a rough go of it however as she missed the cut after rounds of 81-83. The tour has this week off and will host the Evian Masters in two weeks in Evian-les-Bains, France.

The Futures Tour was off last week and will hold the ING New England Golf Classic this week at the Wintonbury Hills Golf Course in Bloomfield, Conn. Rising-senior Natalie Sheary will make her 2010 Futures Tour debut and will be joined in the field by Nannette Hill and Laura Crawford.

The EGolf Tour also gets back to action this week at the Southern Open in Kannapolis, NC. Chris Cannon, Dustin Groves, Brendan Gielow, Cortland Lowe, Doug Manchester, Chris McCartin and Chad Wilfong will all be in the field.

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