Marquette Golf Summer 2016 Roundup
July 27, 2016
GOLDEN EAGLES SHINE AT 115th WISCONSIN STATE AMATEUR
Recent MU graduate Nick Nelson came from one shot back entering the final round and posted a 1-under-par in challenging final round weather to win the 115th Wisconsin State Amateur Championship July 18-21 at North Shore G.C. in Menasha.
Nelson, the 2015 WSGA Amateur Player of the Year and a 2016 First Team All-BIG EAST selection, was 4-under-par for the four-round event (68-70-69-69—276). His final round through stormy conditions and a four-hour delay was a steady one.
“Once I had the lead on the back nine, I kind of just sat on it and made pars,” Nelson told Wisconsin Golfer magazine.
Rising sophomore Charlie Maleki, who was in contention in the final round of the 2016 BIG EAST Championship in May, joined Nelson as the only players in the field under par in the final round, but finished three shots behind his former teammate in third place (even par, 280).
Garrett Loomis finished tied for 10th (6-over-par, 286) and played his best in the final two rounds, shooting 71 and 70 respectively. Trevor Thomas finished tied for 24th, while incoming freshman Matthew Bachmann was tied for 56th.
Read the complete story and see photos of the championship at Wisconsin Golfer.
MALEKI, CLOETE QUALIFY FOR 2016 US AMATEUR
Brandon Cloete, a 2015 MU graduate, shot a 36-hole 4-under-par 136 to pace the field, while Charlie Maleki posted a steady 1-under-par 139 to qualify for the 2016 US Amateur, Aug. 15-21 at Oakland Hills C.C. in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
GAUGERT WINS WSGA MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
For the second year in a row a Marquette player won the WSGA Match Play Championship, as recent graduate Zach Gaugert came out on top after six match play rounds June 13-16 at Oconomowoc Golf Club.
To take the title, Gaugert saved his best play for last, posting birdies on the par-3 17th and par-4 18th to come from one down to Wil Wittmann with two holes left to win.
The WSGA Match Play Championship represented another close call for Maleki, who shot a 68 to qualify for the Match Play rounds, then advanced to the semifinals.
FARRELL’S OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFICATION JOURNEY
Second Team All-BIG EAST selection Oliver Farrell continued his good 2016 play back home in England, but fell just shy of qualifying for the 2016 Open Championship at Royal Troone.
Farrell passed the first qualification test, shooting a 1-under-par 71 at Little Aston G.C. to become one of eight players from that region to advance to Final Qualifying at Woburn on June 28th. There, Farrell finished 1-under-par over 36 holes (71-72—143), six shots off the qualifying cut. He was one of five amateurs to attempt qualifying from that region.
Since returning home for the summer, Farrell has played in five events and ranks 49th among English amateurs in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
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