Monday Morning Golf Report

July 19, 2010

Rising-sophomore Evan Beck continued his stellar play as he fired four under-par rounds and outlasted a host of professionals to win the 2010 SunTrust State Open of Virginia this weekend at the Independence Golf Club.

Beck, a Virginia Beach, Va., native, finished at a remarkable 20-under par after rounds of 65-67-70-66=268. The 268 total was one shot better than Cameron Yancey and it ties fellow Demon Deacon Robert Wrenn's tournament record of 20-under 268.

Beck opened the event with a bogey-free round of 7-under 65 and held a share of the first round lead. He took the lead by himself at the turn on Friday and despite a second round 5-under 67, he was a shot back after two rounds.

On Saturday, Beck made the turn at even-par and was still even through 16 holes. A solidly struck 3-wood on the par-5 17th left him in nice shape for an eagle which vaulted him back into a tie for the lead at 14-under par. A final par on No. 18 gave him a third-straight under-par round of 70 and he shared the 54-hole lead with PGA Professional Rick Schuller.

Beck, Schuller and Yancey were all in the final pairing on Sunday. Yancey went out in 4-under 32 and held a 1-shot lead on Beck and a 2-shot lead on Schuller at the turn. But Beck birdied four of the first seven holes on the back nine to get to 20-under and take a 2-shot lead on Yancey and a 3-shot cushion on Schuller. After Beck pared No. 17 and both Schuller and Yancey made birdie, those leads had been trimmed by one. But all three players would make pars on the par-4 18th and Beck would claim his first title of the summer.

For the tournament, Beck made a total of 23 birdies, one eagle and just five bogeys. He also torched the par 5s, going a combined 12-under par on the 5-pars this week.

Natalie Sheary started her busy week well as she shot a solid 73 on a tough shot-maker's course at The Ranch Golf Club to earn medalist honors at the US Women's Amateur Qualifier last Monday. She earned her third-straight trip to the Women's Amateur which is being played at the Charlotte Country Club on Aug. 9-15.

Sheary then joined four other Demon Deacons at the Futures Tour's ING New England Golf Classic in Bloomfield, Conn. She opened with a round of 73 and was paired in the second round with fellow Deacons Nannette Hill and Dolores White. Sheary won the mini Deacon shootout as she carded a 69 while White posted a 70 and Hill a 77. A final round of even-par 70 gave a Sheary a 54-hole total of 2-over 212 and she tied for 33rd.

White also finished tied with Sheary at 2-over as she fired a final round 69. Laura Crawford opened with a strong 67 but shot 75-74 over the weekend to finish tied for 60th. Maggie Simons and Nannette Hill both missed the 36-hole cut.

Crawford, Hill and Simons will all be in the field this week at The International at Concord in Concord, NH.

Like Sheary, rising-sophomore Stephanie Kim also qualified for the US Women's Amateur last Monday as she carded a 72 at the Haworth Country Club in Haworth, NJ, to earn one of four spots. Classmate Michelle Shin shot a 73 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington, Fla., on Tuesday but missed qualifying by one shot. Rising-junior Hunter Ross also missed out on qualifying as her 78 at the Sapona Country Club in Lexington, NC, on Monday left her a couple of shots off the number.

In US Amateur qualifying action this week, incoming freshman Michelle Hartenstein is trying her luck at the River Oaks CC in Houston, Texas, on Monday while former Deacon Jordan Craig is playing at the Radrick Farms Golf Club in Ann Arbor, Mich. ON Wednesday, All-American Cheyenne Woods will look to make her second-straight Women's Amateur as she will play in the qualifier at Desert Forest Golf Club in Carefree, Ariz.

Also on Wednesday, the first men's US Amateur qualifier takes place at the Old Chatham Golf Club in Durham, NC. Incoming freshman Beau Cutts will be the Deacons' lone representative in the field.

Rising-senior Justin Bryant started the stroke play portion of the St. Louis District Golf Association Greisedieck Men's Championship at Westwood Country Club on Thursday with a solid round of 72. He followed it with a 70 on Friday and was the No. 3-seed heading into match play.

In the round of 16, Bryant outlasted Kevin McLaughlin in 20 holes and then dominated John Anderson 5 & 3 in the afternoon to move into the semifinals on Sunday morning. But his run ended there as he fell 4 & 2 to Tim Cochran.

Bryant will now play in the Missouri Stroke Play Championship this week at the Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis, Mo.

Bill Haas was the only Demon Deacon in the British Open last week and the week wasn't quite what he had hoped. Playing in his first Open Championship, Haas shot rounds of 73-77 and missed the 36-hole cut.

Len Mattiace made his first cut of the season at the PGA Tour's Reno-Tahoe Open at the Montreux Golf & Country Club in Reno, NV. Mattiace opened with a 78 but shot a second round 65 which his lowest round of the year. A pair of 71s on the weekend left Mattiace at 3-under par and tied for 26th.

Haas and Webb Simpson will be in action north of the border this week at the RBC Canadian Open at the St. George's Golf & Country Club in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

It's the senior's turn this week at the Senior British Open Championship at Carnoustie. Jay Haas, Gary Hallberg and Robert Wrenn are the three Demon Deacons in the field.

At the Nationwide Tour's Chiquita Classic at the TPC River's Bend in Cincinnati, Ohio, last week, former Deacs Ron Whittaker and Kyle Reifers both played well but missed the cut. For the second-straight week, the cut fell at 6-under par. Whittaker shots rounds of 66-73 and finished 5-under while Reifers was a shot back after rounds of 72-68.

Both players will be in the field again this week at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational at the OSU Scarlet Course in Columbus , Ohio. This will be a home game for Reifers as he grew up in Dublin, Ohio, which is just minutes from the Scarlet Course.

Chris Cannon was the only one of five Demon Deacons to make the cut at the EGolf Tour's Southern Open last week. Cannon shot rounds of 68-70-66 to put him in a tie for 8th with a round to go but a final round 73 dropped him to a tie for 25th. Chad Wilfong, Chris McCartin, Brendan Gielow and Doug Manchester all missed the cut.

The tour heads to the triad this week for the Forest Oaks Classic played at Forest Oaks Country Club in Greensboro and High Point Country Club in High Point. Cannon, Manchester, Wilfong, McCartin and Dustin Groves will all be in the field.

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