Monday Morning Golf Report

Aug. 10, 2009

There were a total of five Demon Deacons playing this past week at the US Women's Amateur and four of them wound-up making it to the 64-player match play.

Natalie Sheary, Nannette Hill, Cheyenne Woods and Michelle Shin all played two solid rounds in stroke-play to open the week and advanced on to match-play. Woods lost her first round match but the other three players all moved into the second round Thursday morning. Only Shin, an incoming freshman, won her match Thursday morning but she too eventually fell in the round of 16 Thursday afternoon.

Jordan Craig, a 2008 graduate, was also in the field this week at Old Warson Golf Club just outside of St. Louis. She had a tough two days of stroke play and missed the cut.

That was the last major tournament for Shin, Sheary and Woods before returning to campus at the end of the month to prepare for their trip to Japan for the Topy Cup in early September.

In US Amateur Qualifying last week, rising-sophomore Lee Bedford shot rounds of 70-72 to finish 2-under par and tied for the third and final qualifying spot at Walnut Creek Country Club in Goldsboro, N.C. However, Bedford would fall in a playoff with Stephen Harrison and he is now the first alternate from that site.

Wake had four players trying to qualify out at Oak Valley Golf Club last Tuesday and Wednesday. Daniel Meggs (70), Franklin Dolan (68) and Preston Yates (69) all made the first day cut were in the hunt heading into the second round. But Wednesday's round wasn't as kind and none of the players finished in the top-4.

Meggs was the closest as he carded a 72 on Wednesday and finished tied for ninth, two shots off the playoff. Dolan carded a 76 to tie for 18th and Yates came in with a 78 to tie for 35th.

Marc Gladson also played at Oak Valley last week but he missed the first day cut after at 76.

Rising-senior Brendan Gielow and incoming freshman Evan Beck were in action this past week at the Western Amateur at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill.

Gielow opened with three birdies and just one bogey in a round of 2-under 69 on Tuesday and was tied for sixth. Beck started his first round with a pair of birdies and three bogeys to make the turn in 1-over 36. A birdie at No. 10 got him back to even-par but he made two more bogeys and a double-bogey in the final six holes to finish with a 75.

The second round was a tough one and both Gielow and Beck missed the 36-hole cut. Gielow carded an uncharacteristic 82 on Wednesday while Beck shot a 76. Both players finished up four-shots off the cut line.

It was also a quite weekend for the professional players as well. Billy Andrade, Bill Haas and Webb Simpson all took the week off and the Champions and LPGA Tours did the same.

That left just the Nationwide Tour at the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open at Crestview Country Club in Wichita, Kan.

Kyle Reifers, Len Mattiace and Ron Whittaker were all in the field but all three missed the 36-hole cut.

The PGA Tour hosts the PGA Championship this week but no former Deacs are in the field. Next week, the tour comes to Greensboro for the Wyndham Championship.

The Nationwide Tour swings into Springfield, Missouri for the Price Cutter Charity Championship Presented by Dr Pepper.

On the amateur circuit, the Cardinal Amatuer is this week in Greensboro. Bedford has received an invitation to play along with Marc Gladson and Dustin Groves. The tournament is being played at The Cardinal Country Club on August 16-18.

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