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GCAA Summer Series: Shaffer, 6 under, wins at Penn State, receives invite to Series Championship at Oak Hills CC

State College, PA- AJ Shaffer, from Charlotte, wins the GCAA Summer Series at Penn State Golf Course, presented by the John T. Reis Foundation, after shooting 6 under 66, the best round of his amateur career. 

“It feels really good. I put in a lot of hard work. It came together today in a nice round so I’m pretty pleased with it,” said Shaffer following his round. 

Shaffer began his final round with three straight birdies and four birdies in his first  five holes, giving himself a comfortable four shot lead early in the morning.

“Made a nice putt on one. Obviously, I hit a bomb on three and I hit a good shot into two. Made some really good putts and got it going early,” Shaffer said. 

Thursday’s win secures Shaffer an invitation to the GCAA Series Championship at Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio, Texas. 

“That’s an exciting event to put on the calendar. Hopefully I can go down there and play good,” he said. 

Yannick Artigolle, from Northwestern finished alone in second at 2 over par this week after shooting a one under par 71. Andrew Ferguson, from Penn State Altoona, finished in third place at 9 over par. 

Artigolle and Ferguson will receive invites to the Series Championship, along with Shaffer.

CLICK HERE for for final leaderboard from Penn State. 

GCAA Summer Series: Shaffer takes three-shot lead into final round at Penn State

AUTHOR: Alex Gelman

State College, PA- Conditions have been ideal over the past 48 hours for the first two rounds of the GCAA Summer Series, presented by the John T. Reis Foundation at the Penn State Golf Course.

A.J. Shaffer, from UNC Charlotte, who was tied for first after he shot a 74 in his opening round, shot two under 70 on Wednesday, took a commanding three shot lead over the field.

Despite starting his round 2-over thru four holes, Shaffer bounced back nicely with five birdies on his card along with an eagle on the par 5 ninth hole.

“Those aren’t the two easiest holes (3 and 4) on the course. I got the putter going and made some birdies.”

Shaffer took advantage of the par 5’s on Wednesday. He was a combined five under on the four par 5’s with three birdies and the aforementioned eagle.

“Hit drives into the fairways. Hit irons into the greens. (I) was able to capitalize very nice,” Shaffer said.

Yannick Artigolle from Northwestern shot an even par 73 and is alone in second place at 3 over. Andrew Ferguson from Penn State Altoona shot a second consecutive 74 and is four back of Shaffer going into the final round tomorrow.

For final round tee times and LIVE scoring, CLICK HERE.

Leaderboard after Round 1

1)     A.J. Shaffer (E)

2)     Yannick Artigolle (+3)

3)     Andrew Ferguson (+4)

4)     Matt Camel (+9)

5)     Mason Takacs (+10)

T-6)  Adam Park (+11)

         Pablo Quintero

8)      Michael Donnelly (+12)

9)      Garrett Thesing (+13)

10)     Brandon Singer (+14)

11)     Joshua Spiess (+21)

12)     Matthew Macek (+22)

13)     Christina McGinnis (+50)

14)     McLain Alt (+69)

GCAA Summer Series: Timmins takes four-stroke lead into final round at La Costa

AUTHOR: Alex Gelman

Carlsbad, Calif.- It was a beautiful day at the Omni La Costa Resort for the second round of the GCAA Summer Series, presented by the John T. Reis Foundation.

David Timmins, from Brigham Young University, who was 2-under entering the day, shot a 7-under 65 on Wednesday, giving himself a four-stroke lead heading into the final round on Thursday.

Timmins who was bogey-free on Wednesday, shot a 32 on the front-nine and a 33 on the back-nine.

“I just tried to keep it as simple as I could. I think I hit every green in regulation. That makes it really easy when you are rolling a putt or two. I just stuck to my gameplan and try to keep it one shot at a time.” Timmins said following his round on Wednesday.

Timmins, who had been looking forward to playing with his BYU teammate Brock Goyen, will get his wish on Thursday in the final round. Goyen, who was tied for the lead after the first round, shot 1-over 73 on Wednesday and is in third place.

The Avrit brothers played well on Wednesday. Owen Avrit, from University of Oregon, shot 3-under 69 on Tuesday and is 5-under for the tournament and currently in second place. Owen’s brother, Jack, who plays at Santa Clara University, shot 5-under 67 on Wednesday and is 2-under for the tournament, tied for fourth, seven shots back of the lead.

“Everything was solid today. I drove it well, hit my irons solid, putted alright…just a pretty clean round. I don’t know what he (Jack) had for breakfast, but I had some good eggs,” Owen Avrit said post-round on Wednesday.

Owen Avrit, currently in second, is four shots back of the lead heading into the final round on Thursday.

“I wanna go out tomorrow and have a good time. I just want to enjoy myself, stay relaxed, and make a few birdies here and there,” Owen Avrit said.

Timmins, Avrit, and Goyen are set to tee off at 10:40 a.m. PT on Thursday.

For live scoring of the GCAA Summer Series at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa, visit GolfStat.com.

Follow the GCAA Summer Series on Twitter and Instagram for highlights, photos, and interviews from the players.

Leaderboard after Round 2

1)         David Timmins (-9)

2)         Owen Avrit (-5)

3)         Brock Goyen (-3)

T-4)      Jack Avrit (-2)

            Blake Brothers

            Shane Muldowney

T-7)      Hunter Howe (-1)

            Randall Fojtasek

            Chad Cliff

            Matthew Moss

T-11)    Alex Conley (E)

            Jacob Montes

            Darien Zhao

            Nate Jeter

            Yihao He

CLICK HERE for the full leaderboard. 

GCAA Summer Series: Timmins birdies final hole to win at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

AUTHOR: ALEX GELMAN

Carlsbad, Calif.- David Timmins and Owen Avrit were tied at 8-under as they approached the 18th tee on Thursday. Avrit was coming off a birdie on 17 but pushed his second shot into the penalty area right of 18 while Timmins was just off  the green in two shots and would go on to birdie the hole, winning the GCAA Summer Series at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, presented by the John T. Reis Foundation. 

“Hats off to Owen. He played his heart out. It was really fun being out there with him and competing…he played awesome. This is what we live for.  We live for moments like this, to feel pressure and come down the stretch,” Timmins said following his round. 

Despite shooting 2-over on the front-nine on Thursday, Timmins bounced back nicely on the back-nine, shooting a 2-under 34. He nailed back-to-back 10+ ft putts to save par on holes 15 and 16. 

“Holy cow! I made em’ when I had to. Not the best day, ball striking or putting, but it is ok. This (the trophy) is what matters,” said Timmins. 

Timmins got the opportunity to play with his fellow BYU teammate, Brock Goyen, on Thursday in the final pairing. 

“Go Cougs! Awesome showing from us (BYU). Really, really proud of Brock. I think it speaks a lot for us going into the season. We’ve been working hard this summer and we are expecting big things this year. We are excited,” Timmins said. 

The final event of the GCAA Summer Series tees off next week, August 3-5, at Penn State (Blue Course). 

Final Leaderboard

1)        David Timmins (-9)

2)        Owen Avrit (-6)

T-3)     Nate Jetter (-3)

            Brock Goyen

T-5)      Jared Gross (-2)

            Chad Cliff

T-7)      Yihao He (-1)

             Randall Fojtasek

9)          Alex Conley (E)

T-10)     Daniel Nunez (+1)

             Adrian Soriano

             Hunter Howe

CLICK HERE for the full leaderboard. 

GCAA Summer Series: Goyen, He, and Moss lead after the first round at La Costa Champions Golf Course

AUTHOR: Alex Gelman

Carlsbad, Calif.- The 6th event of the GCAA Summer Series began Tuesday at the Omni La Costa Resort Champions Golf Course, presented by the John T. Reis Foundation. 

Brock Goyen, from Brigham Young University, Yihao He, from UC Riverside, and Matthew Moss, from California State University San Marcos, are tied for the lead after shooting 4-under. 

Goyen, who was first to tee off Tuesday morning, started off his round 5-under thru 10 holes, thanks to an eagle on the 10th hole. Despite giving three shots back on holes 12 and 13, he dropped two more birdies to card a 4-under 68.  

“The biggest thing was keeping myself in play all day. I hit a good number of fairways out there. On the 10th hole, I hit a really good iron shot in there to about 10-15 feet and was able to make eagle. I was just capitalizing on the areas that were good and making sure I didn’t make too big of numbers if I put myself in bad positions,” Goyen said following his round on Tuesday. 

Yihao He also got off to a good start on the front-nine on Tuesday, dropping four birdies. He had five birdies overall and just one bogey on his card, giving himself a share of the lead with 36 holes left to play. 

Matthew Moss, also tied at 4-under for the lead, struck the ball nicely on Tuesday. He had five birdies on his card, including one on the difficult 18th hole to finish out his round. 

“I stripped it all day long. All my birdies were within 10 feet… I just hit five really good iron shots and hit the putts,” Moss said. 

Conditions were ideal on Tuesday and are expected to be perfect throughout the rest of the week at La Costa. 

For live scoring of the GCAA Summer Series at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa, visit GolfStat.com.

Follow the GCAA Summer Series on Twitter and Instagram for highlights, photos, and interviews from the players.

CLICK HERE for 2nd Round Tee Times

 Leaderboard after Round 1

T-1)      Brock Goyen (-4)

             Yihao He

             Matthew Moss

T-4)       Evan Chien (-3)

             Nate Jetter

T-6)       Owen Avrit (-2)

             Randall Foktasek

             Adrian Soriano

             Chad Cliff

             Darien Zhao

             David Timmins

T-12)     Prayaag Oruganti (E)

             Shane Muldowney

T-15)     Casey Leebrick (+1)

             Nathan Kim

             Jacob Montes

             Martin Leon

             Daniel Nunez

             Alex Conley

CLICK HERE for the FULL leaderboard.

 

 

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