Summer Golf Update – July 15th

It was one of the busiest weeks of the summer for members of the Georgia State men and women’s golf teams. How busy was it…one golfer played in two separate tournaments in just a seven-day stretch. 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:

Playing in the prestigious Players Am in Hilton Head, S.C., J.J. Grey shot rounds of 71-75-68-75 to finish tied for 32nd. He was joined along the coast by Davin White who just missed the cut following rounds of 73-71-76. The winner of the event gets automatic entry into the PGA Tour’s Heritage Classic next April.

Rising senior Damon Stephenson had double-duty during the week. He started the busy stretch by finishing tied for 24th at the Championship at Berkeley Hills, shooting 72-75. The event is a part of the Georgia PGA. He then travelled south to Macon for the Georgia State Amateur Championship where he shot 74-72 before pulling out before the start of the third round. He is playing in the U.S. Amateur qualifier at Piedmont Driving Club this Tuesday and Wednesday.

Nathan Mallonee joined Stephenson at Berkeley, finishing tied for eighth with rounds of 72-70.

Transfer Gus Wagoner also qualified for the GSGA Amateur Championship, tying for 66th following rounds of 76-72-76-80.

White, Grey, Mallonee and Hayden Poole will look to qualify for the U.S. Amateur next Monday and Tuesday at Reynold’s Plantation. This year’s national amateur championship is at Atlanta Athletic Club in August.

On the women’s side:

Across the pond, Solene Le Coz just missed the cut at the Biarritz Cup in France. The rising sophomore shot rounds of 72-77 in her homeland.

On the pro side:

Last week on the European Challenge Tour, Mark Haastrup once again led the way for the Panthers with a tie for seventh at the D+D Real Slovakia Challenge. Haastrup shot 67-65-70-72 and is now ranked No. 101 on the Challenge Tour Money List.

Steven Tiley also had a solid week in Slovakia, finishing tied for 11th following rounds of 68-71-67-70. Tiley is now ranked No. 47 on the Challenge Tour Money List.

Joel Sjoholm opened with three-straight rounds of 69 before a final round 75 to finish tied for 44th in Slovakia. Looking to regain his European PGA Tour Card, Sjoholm is currently ranked 57th on the European Challenge Tour Money List.

Jonathan Fricke tied for 15th on the Tour shooting 71-66-64-71 and moved up to 83rd on the money list, rising 14 spots heading into Boise for this week’s event.

On the LPGA Tour, Joanna Klatten missed the cut in the British Open, believed to be the first major ever played in by a member of the women’s team.

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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