Summer Golf Update – July 9th

With the holiday, many of our Georgia State men and women’s golfers took the week off from tournament play. However, things pick up in a big way this week. Make sure to check in with the InsideGSUSports Golf Update every week to see how current and former members of the men and women’s golf team are doing.

On the men’s side:

Nathan Mallonee led the way for the Panthers since the last update, finishing tied for eighth at The Championship at Berkeley Hills on Tuesday. The rising-sophomore shot 72-70 on the home course of the Panthers.

Damon Stephenson competed with Mallonee and finished tied for 24th, shooting 72-75. It is a busy week for Stephenson as he will play a practice round for the Georgia State Amateur Championship on Wednesday before that tournament gets underway in Macon on Thursday.

He will be joined at the Georgia State Amateur Championship by incoming senior Gus Wagoner. Wagoner won The Championship at Berkeley Hills last summer shooting 8-under.

Davin White and J.J. Grey have made the trip down to Hilton Head for the prestigious Players Am Championship. The winner of the tournament gets an exemption into The Heritage on the PGA Tour next April, the week after The Masters.

On the women’s side:

Both Lauren Court and Melissa Siviter competed in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Qualifier at PineTree Country Club in Kennesaw. Siviter nearly qualified, shooting a 4-over 76 to finish tied for 19th. She missed by just two strokes. She made the turn at even par, but bogeys on her last two holes proved to be the difference.

Court tied for 57th, shooting an 8-over 80.

Across the pond, Solene Le Coz spent the week working as a volunteer at the Alstom French Open on the European Tour. The event was won by Graeme McDowell who won the Georgia State hosted Atlanta Intercollegiate three times a little more than a decade ago. She will be back in action this week at the Biarritz Cup in France.

On the pro side:

Last week on the European Challenge Tour, Mark Haastrup led the way for the Panthers with a tie for 26th at the Aegean Airlines Challenge in Bad Briesbach, Germany. Haastrup shot 70-70-71-73 and will be back in action this week at the D+D Real Slovakia Challenge.

Joel Sjoholm was the story of the event after the first round in Germany as he shared the lead following a first round 66. Unfortunately, rounds of 77-70-74 left him in a time for 39th. He will join Haastrup along with Steven Tiley in Slovakia this week.

With rounds of 74-74, Jonathan Fricke unfortunately missed the cut at the’s Nova Scotia Open. The tour will be in Utah this week.

Tom Sherreard had another good week on the Alps Tour, finishing tied for 16th at the Flory van Donch Trophy in France. Sherreard shot rounds of 69-71-73 to finish just six off the lead. He is currently 14th on their Order of Merit with three straight finishes in the top-16. The top-five at the end of the year earn European Challenge Tour status.

Joanna Klatten will be back in action this week on the LPGA Tour participating in the British Open. It will mark the first time a former Panther has played in a women’s major championship.

Remember to check back next week to see how these golfers did and what is on the horizon as the summer continues.

–Mike Holmes


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