A CLASSIC UPSET

Jun. 20, 2013 @ 03:10 PM

Defending champion and top seeded Ronnie Williams Jr. of Creedmoor took care of business and Cary’s Tad Galloway 4 and 3 Wednesday in the opening round of the 67th Herald-Sun Golf Classic.

But Hillsborough’s Melvin Barnes, who earned the No. 2 overall seed by winning Monday and Tuesday’s 36-hole stroke-play qualifier, wasn’t as fortunate, falling to No. 31 Chris Winters 2 and 1 in his opener.

The reigning champion earns a bye through the qualifying rounds and is the automatic top seed in the tournament.

Williams said he’ll head into today’s second round of match play at Hillandale Golf Course with no pressure to have his name engraved on the big trophy for the second straight year.

“If I play well and the other guy plays better than me, I’m just as happy shaking his hand,” Williams said. “When you play stroke play, every shot matters, and you grind over every little shot. And in match play, you just try to win that hole, and if you hit a bad shot, it doesn’t matter if you make a triple (bogey). You go to the next hole and try to win that hole. To me, it’s not as much pressure involved in match play.”

Barnes blamed injury for his elimination.

“I pulled a rib muscle on the driving range (Wednesday) morning,” Barnes said, adding that he got some Advil from Williams, but the pain refused to be tamed.

“I just couldn’t get around on my woods,” Barnes said. “Sure enough, I just got behind the eight ball. ... I do know that if my back hadn’t been hurting, it would have been a different story.”

Barnes, who owns a roofing company, said the physical demands of his nine-to-five job probably led to his injury.

“It’s unfortunate, but my job is what it is,” Barnes said.

Barnes shot 66 on Monday during qualifying after turning in a bogey-free 69 in a warmup round on Fathers’ Day at Treyburn Country Club. He said folks have wondered why he spends more time on rooftops than golf courses.

“Roofing pays my bills,” Barnes said, vowing to return to the tournament next year.

“Tad played really well. He birdied two of his first six holes. He had me two down,” Williams said. “What’s funny is my daughter came up to me and said, ‘Daddy, you’re two down?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’ She said, ‘Well, you’d better get off your heinie.’”

Williams said he was playing good golf, but Galloway wasn’t allowing him any breathing room until some bad swings on Nos. 7 and 8. Williams said he strung together a few birdies and kept it moving.

“That’s about as good as I can play,” Williams said. “I’m not going to do much better than that.”

The tournament’s top golfers played in Wednesday’s Presidents and Championship flights. Players in flights one through five had the day off. All flights tee off this morning as they pursue a berth in Sunday’s title matches.

Mother Nature poured a lot of water on the golf course on Tuesday, making the rough ripe and balls muddy. Hillandale golf director Karl Kimball allowed players to move their golf balls one club length except on the tees, hazards and greens to give them some relief.

Williams, who said the golf course held up well, took advantage of the lift-clean-place rule.

“Everybody used it, absolutely,” Williams said.

There won’t be any lifting, cleaning and placing today, Kimball said.

Butner’s Jonathan Price and Bahama’s Lea Couch, the top qualifiers among the tournament’s junior and senior golfers, respectively, both advanced to the today’s second round.

Former Northern High School golfer Stephen Lavenets drew on experiences from his freshman season at East Carolina University to advance.

“I made some putts today, and it helped to actually have a caddie out there — my caddie, (Riverside High golfer) Alex Brese — carrying the bag. My legs are getting tired. I’ve played so many rounds of golf in a row,” Lavenets said. “I putted better today than in the qualifying rounds, and I just played more solidly. I like match play because it helps you focus on every shot, one shot at a time, instead of stroke play — you get ahead of yourself a little.”

Lavenets talked about the value of having to respond when his ECU teammates needed him to step up during big tournaments.

“The pressure there is a little bit bigger,” Lavenets said. “That definitely helps me out because I’ve been there, and I’ve hit great shots under way more pressure than this.”

NOTES — See Scoreboard, page B2, for Thursday’s pairings and tee times, Wednesday’s match-play results and complete first and second round stroke play qualifying results. Qualifying was suspended Tuesday night and completed early Wednesday morning.

 

HERALD-SUN GOLF CLASSIC

First Round, Match Play

Championship Flight

(Seeding precedes name)

1 Ronnie Williams Jr. d. 32 Tad Galloway 4&3

17 Dalton Rich d. 16 Johnny Adams 4&3

8 Jonathan Price d. 25 Jerry Robinson 1-up

9 Jay Robinson d. 24 Marc Clayton 6&4    

29 Meghan Moore d. 4 Travis Byrd 5&3

20 John Gaddy d. 13 Dink Andrews 1-up

5 Todd Eckstein d. 28 Wayne Bridges 7&6

12 Harry Schrickx Jr. d. 21 Eric Adery 3&2

31 Chris Winters d. 2 Melvin Barnes 2&1

18 Ashley Berry d. 15 Michael Burton 2&1

7 Tim Garrett d. 26 Andrew Robinson 1-up

10 Stephen Lavenets d. 23 Garry Pettit 5&4

3 Jeff Robinson d. 30 Jacob Johnson 5&4

19 Taylor Peel d. 14 Joe Weinberger 1-up        

6 Lea Couch d. 27 Black McSherry 3&2

22 Stephen Kovacs d. 11 Brian Gann 19 holes



Presidents Flight

1 Kevin Cheek d. 32 Lucas Starrett 7&6    

17 Justin Avila d. 16 Chris Filiaci 5&4

8 Michael Frye d. 25 Nils Norgaard 6&5    

9 Michael Huff (forfeit) over 24 Brandon Nowak    

4 Abe Lewis d. 29 David Outland 4&2

20 Stephen Kuenzli d. 13 Ronnie Powell 20 holes

5 Andrew Hanna (forfeit) over 28 Brandon Riggan

12 Chris Outland d. 21 Matt Ross 3&2

2 Ryan Thompson d. 31 Peter Fox 1-up

15 Doug Baker (forfeit) over 18 Foster Price

7 Jimmy King d. 26 Kempton Mandeville 2&1

10 Clay Watkins d. 23 Dante Berini 7&6

3 Allen Smith (forfeit) over 30 Tom Swain

14 Brent Lewis d. 19 Matt Phillips 1-up

6 Newt Barringer d. 27 Jerry Tucker 6&5

22 Gary Newcomb d. 11 Louis Herndon 21 holes



Thursday’s Pairings & Tee Times


Championship Flight/No. 1

9:20 — Todd Eckstein vs. Harry Schrickx Jr.

9:28 — Meghan Moore vs. John Gaddy

9:36 — Jonathan Price vs. Jay Robinson

9:44 — Ronnie Williams Jr. vs. Dalton Rich

Championship Flight/No. 10

9:20 — Lea Couch vs. Stephen Kovacs

9:28 — Jeff Robinson vs. Taylor Peel

9:36 — Tim Garrett vs. Stephen Lavenets

9:44 — Chris Winters vs. Ashley Berry



Presidents Flight/No. 1

9:20 — Andrew Hann vs. Chris Outland

9:28 — Abe Lewis vs. Stephen Kuenzli

9:36 — Michael Frye vs. Michael Huff

9:44 — Kevin Cheek vs. Justin Avila

Presidents Flight/No. 10

9:20 — Newt Barringer vs. Gary Newcomb

9:28 — Allen Smith vs. Brent Lewis

9:36 — Jimmy King vs. Clay Watkins

9:44 — Ryan Thompson vs. Doug Baker



First Flight/No. 1

8:32 — Jimmy Kerr vs. Nathan Freeman.

8:40 — Michael Avila vs. Cecil Lockely.

8:48 — Fritz Hine vs. David Perry.

8:56 — Destin Barnes vs. Nick Locantore.

9:04 — Mike Beaumont vs. Charles Hooker.

9:12 — Stephen Grosman vs. Kent Farrell.

First Flight/No. 10

9:04 — Jerry Warren vs. Shane Synan.

9:12 — Macon Tunstall (bye).



Second Flight/No. 1

8:32 — Tim Simpson vs. John Naillon.

8:40 — John Pittman vs. Jeff Johnson.

8:48 — Khaddafy Thomas vs. Eddie Ball.

8:56 — Greg Byrd vs. Lonnie Browning.

9:04 — Chris McDonald vs. Mike Kincaid.

9:12 — Brad Pittman vs. Phillip Ray.

Second Flight/No. 10

9:04 — John Synan vs. Cliff Beasley.

9:12 — Sterling Bryant (bye).



Third Flight/No. 10

8 a.m. — Chad Bryant vs. Oren Stuchiner.

8:08 — Dough Hall Jr. vs. Corey Johnson.

8:16 — Richard Penny vs. Carl Outland.

8:24 — Daryl Naillon vs. Noah Constantine.

8:32 — George Farlow vs. John Tomkovick.

8:40 — Chris Quinn vs. Richard Wagner.

8:48 — Craig Fielding vs. MikeHall.

8:56 — Tim King (bye).



Fourth Flight/No. 10

8 a.m. — Jasiel Oliveira vs. Tommy Parker.

8:08 — Charles Sims vs. Brad Young..

8:16 — Danny Bailey vs. Todd Blalock.

8:24 — Joe Gucker vs. Dwight Honeycutt.

8:32 — Clark Green vs. Hershal Stephenson.

8:40 — David Thomas vs. Edward Musselman.

8:48 — Brian Stewart vs. Keith Johnson.

8:56 — Buddy Brown (bye).



Fifth Flight/No. 1

8 a.m. — Casey Ellis vs. Jason Warren; Duane Wallace vs. Gary Chambers.

8:08 — Doug Best Jr. vs. Gary Wheeley; Charles Salmon vs. Robbie Robinson.

8:16 — Cedell Alexander vs. Gary Sunderland; Jimmy Davis vs. Eddie Carden.

8:24 — Cliff Cox vs. Scott Penny; Dennis Perry (bye).



Final 36-hole Qualifying Scores*

PLAYER     Rd1     Rd2     Total

Melvin Barnes#     66     73 — 139

Jeff Robinson     71     70 — 141

Travis Byrd     71     71 — 142

Todd Eckstein     69     73 — 142

Lea Couch     72     71 — 143

Tim Garrett     72     71 — 143

Jonathan Price     77     67 — 144

Harry Schrickx Jr.     71     74 — 145

Jay Robinson     74     71 — 145

Stephen Lavenets     73     72 — 145

Brian Gann     72     73 — 145

Dink Andrews     74     72 — 146

Joe Weinberger     70     76 — 146

Michael Burton     78     69 — 147

Dalton Rich     71     76 — 147

Johnny Adams     74     73 — 147

Taylor Peel     74     74 — 148

John Gaddy     74     74 — 148

Stephen Kovacs     73     75 — 148

Ashley Berry     76     72 — 148

Eric Ardery     74     74 — 148

Joseph Clayton     74     75 — 149

Gary Pettit     79     70 — 149

Jerry Robinson     71     78 — 149

Blake McSherry     75     75 — 150

Andrew Robinson     78     72 — 150

Meghan Moore     75     76 — 151

Tad Galloway     72     79 — 151

Chris Winters     74     77 — 151

Wayne Bridges     76     75 — 151

Jacob Johnson     75     76 — 151

Kevin Cheek     76     76 — 152

Ryan Thompson     77     76 — 153

Abe Lewis     78     76 — 154

Allen Smith     80     74 — 154

Andrew Hanna     77     78 — 155

Jimmy King     79     77 — 156

Michael Frye     76     80 — 156

Newt Barringer     81     75 — 156

Michael Huff     76     80 — 156

Louis Herndon     78     79 — 157

Clay Watkins     78     79 — 157

Ronnie Powell     80     78 — 158

Chris Outland     82     76 — 158

Brent Lewis     74     84 — 158

Chris Filiaci     78     81 — 159

Doug Baker     79     80 — 159

Foster Price     75     85 — 160

Justin Avila     76     84 — 160

Stephen Kuenzli     80     81 — 161

Matt Phillips     85     76 — 161

Matt Ross     82     80 — 162

Gary Newcomb     80     82 — 162

Brandon Nowak     82     81 — 163

Kempton Mandeville     81     82 — 163

Nils Norgaard     82     81 — 163

Dante Berini     83     80 — 163

Brandon Riggan     79     85 — 164

David Outland     79     85 — 164

Jerry Tucker     84     80 — 164

Tom Swain     83     82 — 165

Peter Fox     83     82 — 165

Lucas Starrett     81     84 — 165

Macon Tunstall     87     79 — 166

Jerry Warren     82     84 — 166

Destin Barnes     85     81 — 166

Mike Beaumont     82     84 — 166

Michael Avila     85     81 — 166

Fritz Hine     81     86 — 167

Jimmie Kerr     86     81 — 167

Kent Farrell     83     85 — 168

David Perry     80     88 — 168

Stephen Grosman     86     82 — 168

Shane Synan     84     85 — 169

Charles Hooker     84     85 — 169

Nathan Freeman     86     83 — 169

Nick Locantore     85     85 — 170

Sterling Bryant     84     86 — 170

Cecil Lockley     87     83 — 170

John Pittman     86     85 — 171

Greg Byrd     86     85 — 171

Chris McDonald     85     87 — 172

Tim Simpson     85     87 — 172

John Synan     90     82 — 172

Brad Pittman     86     87 — 173

Phillip Ray     85     88 — 173

Khaddafy Thomas     89     84 — 173

Mike Kincaid     87     87 — 174

Cliff Beasley     85     89 — 174

Eddie Ball     91     83 — 174

Jeff Johnson     84     90 — 174

John Naillon     88     86 — 174

Tim King     88     87 — 175

Lonnie Browning     92     83 — 175

Doug Hall Jr.     84     91 — 175

Daryl Naillon     86     89 — 175

Chris Quinn     93     83 — 176

George Farlow     93     83 — 176

Chad Bryant     90     86 — 176

Mike Hall     85     91 — 176

Richard Penny     89     87 — 176

Craig Fielding     88     88 — 176

Oren Stuchiner     87     90 — 177

Carl Outland     90     87 — 177

John Tomkovick     87     90 — 177

Corey Johnson     86     91 — 177

Richard Wagner     87     90 — 177

Joe Gucker     89     89 — 178

Buddy Brown     90     88 — 178

Charles Sims     88     90 — 178

Noah Constantine     92     86 — 178

Danny Bailey     87     92 — 179

Jasiel de Oliveira     90     89 — 179

Clark Green     92     87 — 179

David Thomas     93     86 — 179

Tommy Parker     87     93 — 180

Keith Johnson     90     90 — 180

Brian Stewart     90     90 — 180

Todd Blalock     88     92 — 180

Edward Musselman     93     88 — 181

Hershal Stephenson     94     87 — 181

Dwight Honeycutt     91     91 — 182

Brad Young     94     88 — 182

Charles Salmon     91     92 — 183

Dennis Perry     92     91 — 183

Duane Wallace     92     92 — 184

Cedell Alexander     93     92 — 185

Casey Ellis     91     94 — 185

Jimmy Davis     93     92 — 185

Cliff Cox     93     93 — 186

Scott Penny     92     94 — 186

Doug Best Jr.     95     91 — 186

Gary Wheeley     97     91 — 188

Jason Warren     93     96 — 189

Gary Sunderland     95     95 — 190

Eddie Carden     94     98 — 192

Gary Chambers     98     96 — 194

Robbie Robinson     100     101 — 201

Greg Johnson     86     WD — WD

* 2nd round completed Wednesday.

# 2012 champion Ronnie Williams Jr. received a bye through qualifying and was automatically awarded the No. 1 seed in match play by virtue of his past title. No. 1 qualifier Melvin Barnes was the No. 2 overall seed.