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Saturday, June 22, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. — One stroke.
Doesn’t sound like much, but it cost Fielding Brewbaker a shot at playing the weekend and cashing a paycheck in the Web.com Tour’s Rex Hospital Open.
Rebounding from a first-round 73, Brewbaker fired a 3-under-par 68 Friday at TPC Wakefield Plantation to post a 36-hole total of 1-under 141.
Brewbaker, who had an early morning tee time, spent the rest of the day sweating over whether he was going to stay in town or head home on Friday night. Well, just shortly after 7 p.m., the 26-year-old mini-tour pro had to pack up his golf clubs and drive back to Salem.
While the low 70 players and ties make the 36-hole cut on its parent PGA Tour, the circuit’s developmental Web.com Tour allows only the low 60 players and ties to advance to weekend play. The rule wound up costing Brewbaker.
Still, he left with fond memories. Following an erratic first round that left him tied for 121st in the 156-player field, Brewbaker fired a back-nine 3-under 32 Friday that allowed him to jump 54 spots on the leaderboard to a 14-way tie for 67th.
Chesson Hadley, a Raleigh native who stands ninth on the tour’s money list, shot a 69 off a first-round 63 and leads the field by a shot at 10-under 132.
Roanoker loses in VSGA Match Play semifinals
IRVINGTON — Roanoke’s Nick Brediger ran into the wrong guy in Friday’s semifinals of the 23rd VSGA Junior Match Play Championship.
Brediger, 18, saw his hopes of winning his first state title end when he lost 3 and 2 to Richmond’s Mark Lawrence Jr. at King Carter Golf Club.
Lawrence, 16, captured the crown in the afternoon championship match, downing South Chesterfield’s Griffin Clark 4 and 3.
Brediger, who had won a pair of matches Thursday to make the semifinals, never led against Lawrence, who finished with a stroke-play equivalent score of 1 under for the 16 holes.
Lawrence went 1-up with a par at the par-5 fifth, then extended the lead to 3-up with birdies at Nos. 10 and 11. After Brediger cut the margin to 2-up with his only birdie of the day at the 14th, Lawrence answered with a birdie at the par-4 16th to clinch the match.
In the title match, Clark won the first hole with a par and held the 1-up lead until Lawrence won holes Nos. 6-10 with four birdies and a par to take a commanding 4-up advantage. Clark won Nos. 11 and 13 to trim Lawrence’s lead to 2-up, but the rising junior at Mills Godwin High responded with birdies at Nos. 14 and 15 to close out the match.
Lawrence joins his father, Mark Sr., in the VSGA record book. The elder Lawrence captured the VSGA Junior Stroke Play Championship in 1976.
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