Matt Roberts to meet Riverside alum Alex Brese in Championship Flight title match Sunday, June 22. Titles to be decided in seven open flights and two senior division flights on Sunday ... Complete Saturday results and Sunday championship tee times.
Feeling rusty but ready to play again, Tiger Woods said Friday he would return to competition next week at Congressional in the Quicken Loans National.
MITCHELL EDGES WILLIAMS IN EXTRAS TO ADVANCE AT HERALD-SUN GOLF CLASSIC
In the span of about 10 minutes on Friday, a few inches here and a few inches there kept Britt Mitchell in contention for the Herald-Sun Golf Classic championship.
Mitchell’s errant tee shot on his second playoff hole in a match play showdown with Ronnie Williams Jr., hooked but remained inbounds by a scant few inches to keep him from suffering a penalty stroke.
After hitting out of that mess, he was left with a 40- to 50-yard chip shot to get to the green and, on that shot, the ball struck the flagpole and stopped a few inches from the hole.
The resulting par, rather than what could have been a double bogey or worse, allowed Mitchell to win the hole and beat Williams 1-up in 20 holes to advance to today’s Championship Flight semifinals at Hillandale Golf Course.
After trailing by two holes at the turn to the back nine, the 11th-seeded Mitchell rallied to take a one-hole lead before Williams tied things up again on the final hole to force extra play.
Both golfers parred the first playoff hole with two-putt performances before Mitchell saw his tee shot on the second extra hole (No. 11) shooting left toward a brush covered gulch that is out of bounds.
But the ball stopped on the edge,with Hillandale Director of Golf Karl Kimball ruling that it remained in play.
Complete results from Friday's quarterfinal matches ...
Two former Duke players advance to weekend play at U.S. Women's Open ... Duke's Boutier, UNC's O'Donnell miss cut ... Michelle Wie's 2nd straight 68 gives her three-shot 36-hole lead at 4-under 136. ... Lucy Li misses cut by seven shots, finishing at 16-over 156. ...
Former Duke golfer Brittany Lang will need some help from the field to make the cut at the U.S. Women’s Open for the seventh straight year.
HERALD-SUN GOLF CLASSIC TOP SEEDS TOPPLED IN OPENING ROUND OF MATCH PLAY
There’s a reason the games are played.
The two top qualifiers in The Herald-Sun Golf Classic are done, rearranging the seeding in the Championship Flight.
No. 16 seed Jeff Robinson beat No. 1 seed Ashley Berry of Cary 4 and 3 on the first day of match play at Hillandale Golf Course on Thursday.
Berry’s 7-under-par 135 over two days of qualifying on Monday and Tuesday made him the medalist, and he said he entered Thursday’s round feeling no extra pressure from being the guy everybody was chasing.
“No extra pressure. When you come into an event like this and you get into the Championship Flight, you’ve got to already know you can play good golf, and that’s got to be your mindset,” Berry said. “I walk into it like I walk into every match, knowing that if I play good golf, I’m going to advance.”
Robinson was a little bit better.
It was a similar scenario with No. 15 Alex Brese getting past No. 2 Stephen Lavenets.
Those two are friends from rival high schools, Brese being a Riverside guy and Lavenets, a rising junior at East Carolina, having battled him during his days at Northern.
Complete opening round match-play results and Friday, June 20 tee times at Hillandale Golf Course.
Brittany Lang felt good about her putts, just not their outcomes, as she navigated rugged Pinehurst No. 2 on Thursday. ... Lewis leads Wie by a stroke after first round ... Complete first-round scoring ...
Monday and Tuesday at The Herald-Sun Golf Classic were kind of rough on Darrell Brown and Clark Green. Ashley Berry came from Cary and wore them out. He shot 7-under-par 135 during those two days of qualifying. Brown and Green both came in at 33-over 175. Now Brown and Green, both law enforcement veterans, get to beat up on each other.
Catherine O’Donnell and 11-year-old Lucy Li shoot identical 8-over-par 78s Thursday in opening round of U.S. Women's Open.
Organizers announce pairings, tee times for opening round of match play at annual Herald-Sun Golf Classic. Play begins at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, June 19 with Seniors Championship and Presidents flights. Open tournament Championship/Presidents Flight play to get underway at 12:16 p.m.
Chapel Hill's Bill Birken shot 100 Tuesday on Day 2 of The Herald-Sun Golf Classic at Hillandale Golf Course. He came in at 99 on Monday. But he likes his chances in match play on Thursday. Birken said, "I’m naturally optimistic.”
Cary’s Ashley Berry outdid the 68 he shot Monday with a 67 on the final day of stroke-play competition Tuesday to determine pairings for match play that begins Thursday.
Three-under-par 68 has Berry on top of Open Division heading into today's final round of qualifying
Over four days at Pinehurst No. 2, Martin Kaymer dusted the field in a performance that ranks among the best.
The 68th Herald-Sun Golf Classic has some format changes.