Jaguar Trio Headed To U.S. Amateur

Jaguar Trio Headed To U.S. Amateur

Men's Golf

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Augusta State’s Josh Gregory is headed to his second USGA Championship of the summer, but he won’t even be the most experienced player there with ASU connections.

Jaguar sophomore Patrick Reed was exempt from qualifying and will have a spot in the field as well when the U.S. Amateur begins on Monday, Aug. 24 in Tulsa, Okla., at Southern Hills Golf Club.

Gregory, entering his eighth year as head coach of the Jaguars, qualified by finishing second at the Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course on July 22 in Woodstock, Ga. Gregory fired rounds of 64-70 for a total of 10-under 134, one stroke back of medalist Scott Strohmeyer.

Reed was exempt from qualifying after advancing to the semifinals of the 2008 U.S. Amateur last summer, falling one win shy of a Masters Tournament berth. He suffered a 3 & 2 loss to eventual U.S. Amateur Champion Danny Lee – the topranked amateur in the world at the time -- last August at Pinehurst No. 2.

Taylor Floyd followed Gregory’s route to the U.S. Am on August 4, earning one of five qualifying spots through sectional qualifying at The Standard Club in Duluth, Ga. A rising sophomore like Reed, Floyd posted a three-under 69 and followed with a one-over 73 in the second round for a two-under 142 and a tie for fourth. Floyd, along with Gregory and Reed, will be three of 312 players in the field.

For more information on the 2009 U.S. Amateur, visit the tournament’s official website at www.usamateur.org.

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Augusta State women’s golf head coach Kevin McPherson will be more than just another interested observer at next week’s Solheim Cup at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.

McPherson, who already had plans to be in the Chicago area to recruit at the Junior Solheim Cup, will be on hand to root for his younger sister, Kristy. After finishing fourth on the Solheim Cup points list, she will be making her maiden appearance on the United States’ squad. In her third season on the LPGA Tour, McPherson is enjoying a breakout year. She tied for second in the season’s first major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, and tied for fifth in the McDonald’s LPGA Championship, the second major of the year. She ranks 14th on the LPGA money list with nearly $625,000 and has posted four top-10 finishes in 17 events.

The Solheim Cup is a biennial, trans-Atlantic team match-play competition featuring the best U.S.-born players from the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour and the best European members from the Ladies European Tour (LET). The U.S. Team leads the competition, 7-3, and has never lost The Solheim Cup on home soil.

For more information on the 2009 Solheim Cup, visit the official website at www.SolheimCup.com.

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Former ASU standout Wallace Booth was named to the 2009 Walker Cup squad for Great Britain & Ireland, according to an announcement on Monday, August 3 from the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.

The selection marks the third time a former ASU player has been tabbed to compete in the Walker Cup. Former Jaguar All-American Jamie Elson played a key role in GB&I’s 15-9 victory over the United States in 2001 at Ocean Forest Golf Club in Sea Island, Ga. The victory marked the first time that the GB&I squad had successfully retained the Walker Cup in the 79- year history of the event. Former three-time All-American Oliver Wilson was a fixture on the winning GB&I squad in 2003 when he posted a 2- 0-1 record as GB&I claimed a 12.5 to 11.5 victory at Ganton Golf Club in North Yorkshire, England. The 2009 Walker Cup is scheduled for Sept. 11-13 at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., just outside of Philadelphia.

For more information on the 2009 Walker Cup, visit www.2009walkercup.org  or www.usga.org .

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Former ASU All-American Oliver Wilson made the cut Friday in the PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. He is tied for 38th place at two-over 146, an improvement of 31 spots after Thursday’s opening round.

Wilson, who tied for 23rd in both last month’s British Open at Turnberry and in the U.S. Open in June, posted rounds of twoover 74 Thursday and even-par 72 Friday to make the weekend. Wilson trails 36-hole leader and world No. 1 Tiger Woods (seven-under 137) by nine shots, but is just five shots out of second place, shared by five players at three three-under 141. For more information, visit www.pga.com.pgachampionship/2009/.

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