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GCAA Summer Series: Josh Hebrink wins The Clover Classic at The Warren Golf Course

By: Alex Gelman (@agsnetworks)

NOTRE DAME, INDIANA - Josh Hebrink, from Piedmont University, is the winner of the 2022 Clover Classic – GCAA Summer Series, hosted by The Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame.

Hebrink entered the final round at 5-under par, two strokes back of the second-round leader, Cade Russell, from the University of Tennessee. Hebrink dropped four birdies on the back-nine including on the final two holes.

“I had a testy putt on 17 where I had to make sure I got it up the ridge and another testy three-footer. Then on 18, I had a downhill slider, double breaker. I told myself to trust it and it went in,” Hebrink said in his interview following his victory on Wednesday.

It was never a sure thing until the last putt dropped for Hebrink. Cade Russell made an eagle on 17, which got him to 5-under, one shot back heading to the 18th tee. William McDonald made birdie on 17 as well which tied him with Hebrink at 6-under par.

Hebrink’s birdie on the 18th green sealed his 1st place finish.

“I love competing like that. It was so fun. Just firing back with birdies against each other, it was awesome,” Hebrink said when talking about playing with Cade Russell and William McDonald. 

To start his morning, Hebrink birdied the first two holes, something he hadn’t done all week. He found himself more and more comfortable with the golf course as the week went on.

“This course is amazing. I told myself to just hit the middle of the green, putt to the corners, and just stay patient because if you miss a green out here you can get in trouble real quick. If you hit the middle, you can two putt and get out of there with par and make a birdie once and a while. That’s what I did,” said Hebrink.

For the entire FINAL LEADERBOARD, CLICK HERE or visit GolfGenius.

The next GCAA Summer Series event is The Carlsbad Classic at Omni La Costa Champions Course on August 1-2. Just a week later, the series heads to Atlanta for The Peach State Invitational at Legends at Château Élan. 

For more information about the GCAA Summer Series, CLICK HERE.

 

GCAA Summer Series: Russell holds one-stroke lead heading into final round on Wednesday

By: Alex Gelman (@agsportsnetworks)

NOTRE DAME, INDIANA - Round Two of The Clover Classic hosted by The Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame came with extreme heat and humidity as temperatures reached the upper 90’s with a heat index near 110 degrees.

After 36 holes of golf, Cade Russell, from the University of Tennessee, holds the lead at 5-under par. He shot a 2-under, 69 in the second round. He finished his day with birdie on 16, an eagle on 17, and a par on 18 to push him into first place heading into the final round on Wednesday. As he made the turn to the back-nine, Russell was 1-under thru nine and bogey free. After making a double bogey on the 10th  hole, Russell managed to fight back as the afternoon continued.

“Same things as yesterday (were going well). I was driving it well and not really making any mistakes. The highlight of the day was being able to get over my hiccup (double bogey on 10th) and step up on the 11th tee, hit a good ball, and get out of there with three,” said Russell after his round on Tuesday.

Russell will tee off on Wednesday, the final round, with a one stroke lead against the field but his mentality on the golf course will not change.

“Just the same thing (as the past two days). Doing my deal, just staying patient, and let this chips fall where they may,” Russell said.

William McDonald shot back-to-back rounds of 69, and finds himself in 2nd place, one shot back of the lead as he enters the final round. He’ll be in the final paring with Cade Russell and Josh Hebrink.

Three Tennessee Volunteers – Lance Simpson, Evan Woolsey-Reed, and Jake Hall – had the day’s best score, a 3-under, 68. All three are in the inside the Top 10 heading into the final round on Wednesday.

Despite shooting 3-under in the second round, Evan Woolsey-Reed was 4-over early in the morning on Tuesday. He bogeyed the 2nd hole but then would go on to birdie holes five, six, eight and tens to shoot a 68.

“I just stayed in the moment, just kept trusting my process, something I talked about with Coach (Webb), and just enjoy it out there with the guys,” said Woolsey-Reed after his round on Tuesday. “I just trusted my stroke, trusted the process in getting it close, having good looks and gave myself goof opportunities,” he said.

A champion will be crowned on Wednesday. CLICK HERE for the full leaderboard and final round pairings.

 

 

GCAA Summer Series: Harwell Wins the GCAA Summer Series Championship; Odom Jr. Earns the Mackenzie Tour Exemption

Above: Gregory Odom Jr.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Oak Hills Country Club member Colby Harwell cruised to victory today, shooting a 2-under 69 and to win by six shots over club member Andres Acevedo. However, the real story came from Gregory Odom Jr., the senior from Howard University, who also shot a 2-under 69 to come from behind and earn an exemption into the 2022 Ontario Open, a Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada event.

Odom Jr. started the week shooting a 3-over 74 and finishing Monday tied for 13th. In Round 2, Odom Jr. tied the low score of the day with a 1-under 71, going three under on the last five holes. Heading into Wednesday, Odom Jr. sat in sixth place at 2-over par and four shots behind Blake Brothers, the then-leader from the Summer Series.

On the front nine, Odom Jr. birdied the first hole but bogeyed the seventh and ninth to make the turn at one over. However, Brothers bogeyed holes 2, 5 and 7, yielding two shots to Odom Jr. After an additional bogey by Brothers on hole 11, Odom Jr. entered the par-4 14th hole only one shot down. He drained an 8-foot birdie putt while Brothers failed to get up and down for par on 14.

With four holes left, Odom Jr. held his first exemption lead of the tournament.

He birdied the 15th hole and scrambled for par on 16 to remain at 1-over par. Brothers also birdied 15 but bogeyed 16 to drop another shot and go two down with two to play.

Odom Jr. sealed his victory with a dagger 10-foot birdie putt on 17. Brothers parred 17, and both men parred 18 to give Odom Jr. the 3-shot edge.

“It feels amazing. Starting the day, I knew I was kind of out of it, really, since the leader was really low. But I just stuck with it today and just tried to grind it out.” Odom Jr. said after his round.

As the low amateur from the GCAA Summer Series, Odom Jr. will be able to compete in the 2022 Ontario Open at Woodington Lake Golf Club.

FINAL LEADERBOARD

1st - Colby Harwell

2nd - Andres Acevedo

3rd - Gregory Odom Jr.

4th - Blake Brothers

T-5th - Connery Meyer

T-5th - Henry Frizzell

T-5th - Tanner Lundgren

8th - Luka Karaulic

9th - Adam Bratton

T-10th - Brian Garrett

T-10th - Sebastien Tremulot

T-12th - Marcus Smith

T-12th - Joshua Hu

T-14th - Brandon Shong

T-14th - Brock Goyen

T-14th - Ian Maspat

17th - DJ Springer

T-18th - David Timmins

T-18th - AJ Shaffer

T-20th - Devyn Pappas

T-20th - James Song

T-20th - Joneric Alford

T-20th - Patrick Kahanek

24th - Yihao (Sam) He

T-25th - Andy Mao

T-25th - Jonny Filler

T-25th - Yin Ho Yue

T-25th - Adrian Soriano

T-25th - David Harrison

T-30th - Jonathan Tanihana

T-30th - Damin Strydom

T-30th - Bobby Bough

T-33th - Daniel Nunez

T-33th - Joseph Lewis

T-35th - Brian Xu

T-35th - Donovan Dastmalchian

37th - Nathan Weber

38th - RW McDonald

39th - Yuki Bannai

T-40th - Alex Easthom

T-40th - Tom Jenkins Jr.

42nd - Nikolai Friedman

43rd - Blas Ayesa

44th - Mitch Davis (WD)

GCAA Summer Series: Russell and Hare lead The Clover Classic after Round 1

BY: Alex Gelman (@agsportsnetworks)

NOTRE DAME, INDIANA - The Clover Classic, one of three summer events scheduled in the GCAA Summer Series, teed off this morning at The Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame.

After 18 holes, Cade Russell, from Tennessee, and Griffin Hare, from Ball State, lead the field at 3-under par (68).

Despite making three bogeys throughout the round, Russell dropped an eagle and four birdies to help secure himself the co-lead after Day 1.

“I just drove it really well and didn’t make any mistakes. I definitely made some bogeys and hit some bad shots but that’s part of it. A routine day, take one shot at a time, as cliche as that is,” said Russell after his round of 68 on Monday.

Russell is one of five Tennessee Volunteers competing in this week’s event - Jake Hall, Lance Simpson, Trenton Johnson, and Evan Woolsey-Reed also teed it off this morning at The Clover Classic.

“It was a comfortable round playing with each other (Russell played with Simpson), just like we always do. It is always nice playing with guys you know, but even better with your teammates,” Russell said.

Griffin Hare, co-leader, was last into the clubhouse on Monday (played in the final group). His birdie on 17 helped propel himself to the co-lead. Hare bogeyed just once in his opening round.

“I was hitting the ball really well today, driving the fairway, taking advantage of the par 5’s. Played a really solid round of golf today,” said Hare after his round.

Alex Heck, William McDonald, and Josh Hebrink are all 2-under (69), tied for third.

Heck, member of the Saint Leo men’s golf program, was first into the clubhouse today, handing in his card of 69. Although he shot 1-over on the front nine, he bounced back and shot 3-under on the back.

“I think I just tried to reset (on the back-nine) and then making eagle and seeing a nice putt go in on 10 definitely helped to kickstart what was a good back-nine. My putting was really good today and my iron play allowed me to hit some shots close and get a lot of good looks at birdie,” said Alex Heck after his opening round.

Looking ahead, the weather is supposed to heat up for the final two rounds, which will make conditions even more challenging for these collegiate golfers.

For the full leaderboard and 2nd round pairings, CLICK HERE or visit GolfGenius.

GCAA Summer Series: Harwell Extends his Lead to Four After Round Two at Oak Hills

Club member Colby Harwell tied the low round of the day today with a 1-under 70 and an overall 6-under on the tournament.

Harwell fell early with bogeys on holes one and two. Cal State Northridge’s Blake Brothers, who entered the day alone in second place, held strong at even on the day until the fifth hole, where he went 4-over on his next four holes to close his front nine. After a birdie by Harwell on the par-3 ninth, these two leaders headed into the back nine with Harwell holding a four-stroke lead.

By then, Harwell had found his momentum and immediately followed his birdie on hole nine with birdies on 10 and 11. Brothers managed to birdie hole ten but stalled out afterwards, parring his next seven holes, until a finishing birdie on hole 18 brought his total to 2-under par.

Harwell faltered on holes 13 and 14 with consecutive bogeys but was quickly fixed with an eagle on the par-5 15th. Harwell would par out to finish with a one-under 71 and a four-shot lead.

The only other player to record two rounds at or under par is Andres Acevedo of Seton Hall University, who carded his second consecutive even-par 71 today. Like Harwell, Acevedo began his second round bogeying his first two holes, and also like Harwell, Acevedo eagled the par-5 15th to bring his round back to even, chipping in from off the green.

“It was a pretty dry round before then, so it got me going.” Acevedo said.

A reason for the lack of birdies on Tuesday was the difficult pin positions, as Acevedo testified to:

“I’m a member here, so I see a lot of these tough pins, but not as tough as they were today. But it just made it a lot harder to make birdies, so I’m sure the average birdie count today was a lot lower than yesterday.”

Harwell, Brothers and Acevedo will tee off tomorrow morning off hole one at 9:07 a.m.

Current Leaderboard

1st - Colby Harwell

2nd - Blake Brothers

T-3rd - Andres Acevedo

T-3rd - Tanner Lundgren

5th - Sebastien Tremulot

6th - Gregory Odom Jr.

T-7th - Joshua Hu

T-7th - Patrick Kahanek

9th - Joneric Alford

T-10th - Connery Meyer

T-10th - Ian Maspat

T-10th - Luka Karaulic

T-10th - Mitch Davis

T-10th - Henry Frizzell

15th - Brock Goyen

T-16th - AJ Shaffer

T-16th - Yihao (Sam) He

T-16th - Adam Bratton

T-19th - David Harrison

T-19th - Brian Garrett

T-19th - Brandon Shong

T-19th - David Timmons

T-23th - Marcus Smith

T-23th - Bobby Baugh

T-23th - James Song

T-26th - Adrian Soriano

T-26th - DJ Springer

T-28th - Devyn Pappas

T-28th - Damin Strydom

30th - Yin Ho Yue

T-31st - Jonny Filler

T-31st - Donovan Dastmalchian

33rd - Andy Mao

34th - Joseph Lewis

T-35th - Brian Xu

T-35th - RW McDonald

T-37th - Daniel Nunez

T-37th - Nathan Weber

T-39th - Yuki Bannai

T-39th - Tom Jenkins Jr.

T-39th - Jonathan Tanihana

42th - Nikolai Friedman

43th - Alex Easthom

44th - Blas Ayesa

Follow the GCAA Summer Series Championship on Golfstat HERE.

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