Monday Morning Golf Report

July 20, 2009

With the Champions Tour taking a week off, Scott Hoch made a rare start on the PGA Tour and took advantage of the opportunity, finishing tied for 24th after a final round 66.

Hoch opened with a solid round of even-par 70 on Thursday and followed it with a 3-under 67 on Friday to make the cut.

He posted a second 70 on Saturday and started Sunday's final round tied for 39th. He made four birdies going out on Sunday and made the turn at 3-under 31. He added another birdie at No. 12 and finished with a 4-under 66.

Hoch has had a total of nine top-25 finishes on the Champions Tour and has been playing well as of late as he finished third last week at the 3M Championship.

Bill Haas broke a streak of three-straight missed cuts this past week in Milwaukee, as he carded rounds of 73-68-70-69=280 (E) to finish tied for 65th.

Billy Andrade was the third Demon Deacon in the field at the US Bank Championships but he missed the cut after rounds of 72-71.

With most of the professional world focused on the British Open, the current Deacons had a busy week.

A total of four Deacs were in the field at the 103rd Southern Amateur Championship at Colonial Country Club in Cordova, Tenn.

Rising senior Brendan Gielow made a total of six birdies in an opening round 5-under 67 and found himself with a share of the lead through 18 holes. An even-par round of 72 on Thursday allowed him to be the only member of the Wake Forest contingent to make the 36-hole cut.

On Friday, the Muskegon, Mich., native posted a 1-under 71 and closed out the tournament with a solid round of 3-under 69 to finish in tenth place.

Gielow has had a good summer thus far, finishing tied for ninth at the Sunnehanna Amateur in mid-June and tied for 12th Monroe Invitational one week later. He then finished tied for ninth in his defense of the Northeast Amateur the following week.

Recent graduate Dustin Groves, rising senior Travis Wadkins and 2009 recruit Evan Beck were the other three Deacons in the field but all three missed the cut.

Beck was well on his way to making the cut after Thursday's 1-under 71 but he followed it with a 74 on Friday and missed the cut by one shot. Wadkins posted rounds of 73-75 and Groves carded 77-73.

Wake Forest had a pair of representatives at the Women's North & South Amateur at Pinehurst this past week. Recent graduate Nannette Hill and rising junior Allie Bodemann each received a bye into match play, which started on Wednesday.

Hill, who was the No. 3-seed in the bracket, rolled through her first round match against Alexandra Rankin, winning 3 & 1. She then made four-straight birdies to build an early 5-up lead over Meghan Moore in the second round on her way to a convincing 8 & 6 victory.

The Pelham Manor, N.Y., native then faced Cassie Boles in the round of 16. She made a total of five birdies and was 4-under par through 17 holes en route to beating Boles 2 & 1.

In her quarterfinal match against Cydney Clanton, Hill lost the first hole of the day and despite five more birdies, she was never able to pull even in the match and would fall to Clanton 1-down. Clanton went on to finish runner-up to Amelia Lewis.

Bodemann didn't fair as well, as she fell into an early 4-down hole to Sara Ovadia in the first round and wasn't able to recover, ultimately falling 6 & 4.

Last week, was also the first week of US Women's Amateur qualifying and two of the three Deacons that tee-it-up advanced to the championships.

Cheyenne Woods fired a round of 68 and claimed medalist honors at Alta Mesa Country Club in Alta Mesa, Ariz., on Thursday while teammate Natalie Sheary carded a 74 and claimed the third of five qualifying spots at Charles River Country Club in Newton Centre, Mass., on Wednesday.

Dolores White shot a solid round of 3-over 75 at The Wanderers Club in Wellington, Fla., on Tuesday but fell two-shots short of a playoff for the final spot.

There will be a total of four Demon Deacons in the Women's Amateur field next month at Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis. In addition to Woods and Sheary, Nannette Hill and Michelle Shin each earned exemptions from sectional qualifying by virtue of making the US Women's Open this year.

After taking the week off for the British Open, all of the major tours will be back in action this week. The PGA Tour heads north of the border for the RBC Canadian Open while the Nationwide Tour will be in Omaha for the Cox Classic.

The Champions Tour will host the Senior Open Championship at the Sunningdale Old Course and the LPGA Tour will be in France hosting the Evian Masters before holding the Women's British Open in Lancashire, England, the following week.

Sheary will be making her DURAMED Futures Tour debut this week at the USI Championship in Concord, N.H. She will be joined by 2009 recruit Stephanie Kim and former teammate Laura Crawford.

Woods and White will be playing this week at the Trans Amateur at the Tennessee National Golf Club in London, Tenn.

Gielow will keep his summer schedule rolling this week as he plays in the prestigious 51st Porter Cup at the Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, N.Y.

Beck will look to qualify for the Men's US Amateur on Monday and Tuesday at the Capital City Club in Woodstock, Ga.

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