Monday Morning Golf Report

July 27, 2009

Brendan Gielow fired his second-straight 67 on Saturday to force a playoff in the prestigious 51st Porter Cup at Niagara Falls Country Club. He then won the playoff with a dramatic chip-in on the third extra hole to claim his first victory of the summer.

Gielow started the final round three-shots behind the leaders but after his second-consecutive round of 3-under 67, the Muskegon, Mich., native found himself in a playoff with Andrew Yun and Cody Gribble.

The three then headed back to the 18th tee for the first playoff hole. Gielow and Yun each made par on the hole and Gribble dropped out with a bogey. Both Gielow and Yun made par the second time through No. 18 and Gielow found himself just off the putting surface in two the third time through. He used a pitching wedge to chip the ball through the rough and it rolled perfectly into the heart of the cup, securing him the win.

Gielow started the week off well with an even-par round of 70 on Wednesday. He made nine-straight pars to open the round before making birdies at Nos. 10 and 11. However, he closed with a pair of bogeys on 17 and 18 and stood tied for 30th after the first round.

Rain moved into the area on Thursday and washed out the entire day. Tournament officials met and with the threat of more bad weather predicted for Sunday, they decided to shorten the tournament to just 54-holes.

When the second round finally got underway on Friday, Gielow was six-shots off the pace but a 3-under 67 jumped him into the top-10 and he had cut his deficit in half. A second 67 on Saturday would set up his playoff heroics.

Gielow has had a tremendous summer thus far, finishing no worse than 12th in any event. He 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 and last week he took 10th in a strong field at the Southern Amateur.

Next-up for Gielow will be US Amateur qualifying on Monday at Prestwick Village Country Club in Highland, Mich. He is also scheduled to play in the Western Amateur in the middle of August.

Rain was the story of the week at the PGA Tour's RBC Canadian Open at the Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

The first round on Thursday was postponed and play was halted again on Friday. The second round was finally finished on Saturday and that forced a 36-hole finish on Sunday. But more rain on Sunday stopped play again in the third round and the tournament will wrap-up on Monday as all of the players must finish their third rounds and immediately start the fourth round.

Webb Simpson opened with rounds of 71-68 and made the 36-hole cut at 5-under par. He was tied for 35th starting play on Sunday and made back-to-back bogeys to start his third round. But he bounced-back with a birdie at No. 12, his third hole of the day, and was in the middle of four birdies in a five-hole stretch when the rains came.

Simpson is currently 8-under par and tied for 21st. He has seven holes to finish in his third round before embarking on the final round.

Billy Andrade and Bill Haas also teed-it-up this week north of the border but both players missed the cut.

Jay Haas got off to a good start at the Senior British Open at the Sunningdale Golf Club's Old Course, but he was 1-over par over the final 54-holes to finish tied for 19th.

Haas made a total of seven birdies in his opening round of 4-under 66 and was tied for second after 18 holes. He then posted a 1-over 71 on Friday followed by a 2-under 68 on Saturday.

He was in good shape heading into the final round, just 5-shots off the lead, but a 72 on Sunday halted an thoughts of a comeback.

Gary Hallberg was also in the field this week but he put himself in a bit of a hole after an opening round 74. He rebounded with a 68 on Friday and closed with rounds of 71-72 over the weekend to finish tied for 50th.

After firing a career-best tying 62 in the opening round of the Nationwide Tour's Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic two weeks ago, Kyle Reifers got off to another good start this week at the Cox Classic in Omaha. The 2005 graduate made a total of six birdies and an eagle in a round of 6-under 65 on Thursday and was tied for 10th through 18 holes.

He followed with a round of 68 on Friday but a 73 on Saturday dropped him back into a tie for 41st heading into the final round.

On Sunday, Reifers bogeyed his second hole but made five birdies and no bogeys over the final 13 holes to card a 67 to jump back up to a tie for 25th.

Len Mattiace and Ron Whittaker both posted rounds of 72-70 to open but missed the cut.

Laura Diaz's week at the Evian Masters in France didn't go as planned as she carded rounds of 74-78 and missed the cut. She will stay over in Europe and play the Women's British Open this week at Lytham St. Annes in Lancashire, England.

After finishing tied for 31st last week in her Futures Tour debut, rising junior Natalie Sheary missed the cut this week at the USI Championship at Beaver Meadow Golf Course in Concord, N.H.

Laura Crawford was one Deacon that did make the cut and she finished tied for 29th after rounds of 73-70-71=214 (-2)

Cheyenne Woods almost celebrated her birthday in ultimate fashion this past week but came up just one win shy. Woods made it to the semifinals of the TRANS National Amateur at the Tennessee National Golf Club in London, Tenn. The championship match was played on Saturday, which was also the same day Woods celebrated her 19th birthday.

She opened stroke play with a round of 1-under 71 and was tied for fifth after the first round. Teammate Dolores White was also in the field and shot an opening round 75 on Monday.

White then fired a 3-under 69 in the second round on Tuesday, which was the third-best round of the day, to finish at even-par and tied for sixth. Woods also finished 36-holes at even-par after a 73 on Tuesday. White advanced to match play as the No. 7-seed and Woods was the No. 8-seed.

Both players then went on to win their first round matches on Wednesday. Woods downed Stephanie Wagstaff 5 and 4 while White took care of Pamela Burneski 1 up.

Woods continued to roll on Thursday as she won a pair of matches and found her way into the final eight. She beat Jacqueline Williams 1 up in the morning and then topped Ali Bode in the afternoon 4 and 2.

White wasn't as fortunate in the second round as she fell to Christabel Goh 2 and 1.

Woods then played Virginia standout Callie Neilson in the round of 8 on Friday morning. The Phoenix, Ariz, native outlasted her fellow ACC-foe, 1-up and moved into Friday afternoon's semifinals.

The semifinals would be where Woods' run ended as she fell to Stacey Keating 3 and 1.

TRANS is one of the longest consecutively running women's amateur championships in the country and it continues to draw a strong field of career amateurs and LPGA hopefuls alike. Among its many champions and/or competitors are Brittany Lang, Paige Mackenzie, Nancy Lopez, Lorena Ochoa, Grace Park, Judy Bell, Carol Semple Thompson, Babe Didrikson Zaharias and Patty Berg.

Closer to home, 2008 graduate Chris McCartin finished seventh at the EGolf Tour's Forest Oaks Classic in Greensboro. McCartin posted three-straight rounds of 68 to finish at 12-under par while fellow Deacon Chad Wilfong finished tied for 23rd after rounds of 66-72-70=208 (-8).

In US Amateur qualifying action last week, both 2009 recruits Evan Beck and Charlie Harrison made the first day cut at The Capital Club's Crabapple Course in Woodstock, Ga., but neither player earned a berth into the Amateur on the second day.

Beck opened with a solid round of 2-under 68 and was tied for seventh, just one-shot off the qualifying number while Harrison posted a 2-over 72. A total of five players finished day two at 134 or better and neither Beck or Harrison was in that group.

Beck will continue his busy summer schedule this week at the AJGA Canon Cup in Greenwich, Conn.

The bulk of the US Amateur qualifiers will be played this week. Gielow will be joined on Monday by recent grad Dustin Groves and rising senior Justin Bryant in qualifiers. Groves is playing at Hayfields Country Club in Hunt Valley, Md., while Bryant is teeing-it-up at the Country Club at the Legends in St. Louis.

Travis Wadkins will be playing in the US Amateur qualifier at the Texas Star Golf Club in Euless, Texas on Tuesday.

Men's coach Jerry Haas will also be in action this week at the MCPGA Coca Cola Western North Carolina Open at Mimosa Hills Country Club on Monday and Tuesday.

The PGA Tour will hopefully leave Canada on Monday and head to Grand Blanc, Mich., for the Buick Open while the Nationwide Tour heads to Columbus, Ohio for the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational at the OSU Scarlet Course.

The Champions Tour will continue with the major championship theme as it hosts the US Senior Open at Crooked Stick Golf Club this week in Carmel, Ind.

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