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RIVERSIDE'S OWN ALEX BRESE TO FACE MATT ROBERTS FOR HERALD-SUN GOLF CLASSIC TITLE TODAY
Shhh! Make sure your golf partner isn’t around, because here’s some inside information from the No. 15 seed in the Championship Flight of The Herald-Sun Golf Classic on how he rose from near the bottom of that division and kept hanging around to reach today’s title round:
“I’ve just been playing pretty consistent, hitting greens and just trying to make pars,” Durham’s Alex Brese, the next-to-last seed in the 16-player top flight, said after his 1-up semifinal win over Creedmoor’s Britt Mitchell at Hillandale Golf Course on Saturday.
It took 19 holes for Melvin Barnes and Matt Roberts, both from Hillsborough, to determine who’d battle Brese for the championship trophy.
“Neither one of us played good. It was kind of just a dig-deep kind of game, gut-wrenching,” Roberts said. “Both of us kind of kept the other one in it.”
Barnes knew it, too. After the 18th hole, he drove off in his golf cart lecturing to himself about how he’d just given one away.
Roberts pounced, finally burying a stubborn putt that lingered for a while before making up its mind to take the dive.
“It had the line the whole way, but I didn’t know if it was going to ever get to the hole,” Roberts said. “It just kind of looked like it barely just died in there, so I guess that’s what you want.”
Definitely. It was a birdie. Barnes couldn’t match it.
The day’s first round under par belonged to Brittany Lang. The former Duke player moved to 7 over — nine shots behind co-leaders Amy Yang and Michelle Wie — with a 69 that included three birdies on the front nine and eight consecutive pars on the back before her bogey on the 18th.
Wie salvaged a 2-over 72 on crispy Pinehurst No. 2 and shared the lead with Amy Yang, who had six birdies in a round of 68....
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 ...