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.
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Major winners like Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner, Angel Cabrera, Charl Schwartzel and Darren Clarke will not participate the rest of the weekend, casualties of a tough golf course that has only allowed 13 players to shoot under-par scores through two rounds, just over eight percent of the field of 156 players.
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Former Blue Devils Joe Ogilvie and Ryan Blaum, as well as ex-UNC golfer Mark Wilson, misfired far too often on their final nine holes on Friday causing all three to miss the cut.
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