Monday Morning Golf Report

Aug. 17, 2009

Recent graduate Dustin Groves and rising-sophomore Lee Bedford both tied for third this past week at the Cardinal Amateur at Cardinal Country Club in Greensboro.

Bedford started the week with a nice round of 1-under 69 and then followed with rounds of 73-72 to finish at 4-over 214.

Groves opened with rounds of 73-72 and finished-up with the second-lowest round on Sunday of 1-under 69 to also finish at 214.

Rising-freshman Evan Beck finished the week tied for 44th after rounds of 75-76-74 and rising-senior Marc Gladson finished 75th with rounds of 79-80-83.

This past week was also a good week for Ron Whittaker and Kyle Reifers at the Nationwide Tour's Price Cutter Charity Championship at Highland Springs Country Club in Springfield, Mo.

Whittaker opened with a 2-under 70 and then carded a bogey-free 7-under 65 in the second round that included five birdies and an eagle. He followed that with a 4-under 68 on Saturday and was tied for 13th heading into Sunday's final round. However, an even-par 72 on Sunday dropped him back into a tie for 23rd.

The 65 was Whittaker's low round of the year and the 23rd place finish was his second top-25 of the season.

Reifers had a pretty consistent week, carding rounds of 71-67-71-70 to finish tied for 34th at 9-under par. He finished his round on Sunday in style with a birdie at No. 17 and an eagle at the par-5 18th.

Reifers is still right in hunt for a PGA Tour card next season. He is currently 36th on the money list with nine events remaining before the Nationwide Tour Championship. The top-25 at the end of the season will receive their PGA Tour cards for the 2010 season.

Len Mattiace also teed-it-up this week in Springfield but despite a 67 on Friday, he missed the cut, which fell at 5-under, by just one shot.

This week, the PGA Tour hosts the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro. All three former Deacs on tour, Billy Andrade, Bill Haas and Webb Simpson, will be in the field.

After taking a couple of weeks off, the Champions Tour returns to action with its fifth major of the season, the Jeld-Wen Tradition at the Crosswater Club in Sunriver, Ore.

The Nationwide Tour continues to roll on at the Christmas In October Presented by Kansas City Crusaders this week at Nicklaus GC at LionsGate in Overland Park, Kan.

The LPGA Tour will host the Solheim Cup later this week and will resume full-field events next week at the Safeway Classic.

Before the professional players battle in the Solheim Cup, the amateurs get things kicked off with the PING Junior Solheim Cup at Aurora Country Club in Aurora, Ill. Incoming freshman Stephanie Kim will represent Team USA this week in a competition that pits 12 amateurs from the U.S. vs. 12 amateurs from Europe.

The competition gets underway on Tuesday with four-ball matches in the morning and foursomes matches in the afternoon. Wednesday will feature 12 singles matches.

This will be the fifth Junior Solheim Cup matches as the series is tied at 2-2 with each team winning on its home turf.

Men's coach Jerry Haas will also be in action this week at the Mountain Chapter PGA Chapter Championship at Oakwoods Country Club in Wilkesboro, N.C.

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