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The Roanoke Times | File 2009
Salem's Fielding Brewbaker was tied for the lead going into the final round of the HGM Hotels Classic in Conover, N.C.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
In his fourth year of playing golf for a living, Salem’s Fielding Brewbaker is still waiting for that one big breakout week on the course.
There would be no better time for it to happen than this week’s Rex Hospital Open Web.com Tour event in Raleigh, N.C.
“That’s all you can ask for is just one week, that one break,” said Brewbaker, speaking via cellphone from the putting green Tuesday morning at TPC Wakefield Plantation.
“If you keep getting those, stuff will happen for you and it will fall into place. You’ve just got to stay patient.”
Brewbaker, 26, earned his way into the $625,000 tournament by firing a 6-under-par 66 Monday at the University of North Carolina’s Finley Course to tie for second in one of two qualifiers for 12 spots in the field. The 72-hole tournament, which pays $99,000 to the winner, runs Thursday through Sunday at Wakefield Plantation.
“I’ve never played the golf course,” Brewbaker said. “I was signed up to play the eGolf Tour event this week … but I ended up qualifying for this.
“I called Dad [Jim] afterwards and said, ‘I need a hotel room, I don’t know where TPC Wakefield is.’ It was kind of funny. It was a happy problem to have.
“The winner’s check is like $100,000. That is not a mini-tour problem right there.”
OK, Brewbaker’s chances of winning in a field that includes a slew of ex-PGA Tour players who are trying to make their way back to the big league are longer than a mere long shot. He has yet to win on the highly competitive eGolf Tour. He has made seven cuts in 11 starts this year and stands 31st on the circuit’s money list with $12,694.
He is coming off a tie for 12th — he shot 69-67-75 — in last week’s eGolf Spring Creek Classic in Gordonsville, Va., which was won by former Virginia standout Bruce Woodall, the tour’s leading money leader with $44,470.
“I’m playing well so hopefully I can turn this into something really good,” said Brewbaker, whose top career eGolf Tour finish is a tie for fourth last March.
“I’m looking forward to it. The Web.com is step one, step two is the PGA Tour. This week will be the start of me trying to playing my way onto this tour. Now, to get to the PGA Tour you have to cycle through the Web.com Tour.
“And that’s why I’m here. If you win here, you would be guaranteed full status for the rest of this year and next year on the Web.com. And there’s where you need to make it to get to the PGA Tour.”
Area girls repping
How stout is the caliber of the top junior girls in Timesland? Well, half of the eight-member Virginia squad that will face Maryland in the July 6-7 Poindexter Cup competition at Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club in Kilmarnock, Va., hails from Roanoke and surrounding area.
Roanoke’s Kristin Hearp, Floyd’s Amanda Hollandsworth, Troutville’s Lyndsey Hunnell and Blacksburg’s Katie Turk all were selected for the team that will be led by coach Marilyn Bussey of Roanoke. A fifth area player, Roanoke’s Meagan Board, is the team’s first alternate.
The format calls for four two-player teams to face off in the first day, with eight singles matches the final day.
Match Play change
In hopes of boosting the talent depth of its field, Roanoke Valley Match Play officials have opted to waive the longstanding rule that a participant must reside in the valley or surrounding area in order to compete in this year’s championship, which will be staged July 12-14 at Blue Hills.
The event will be a VSGA points event for open division participants this year only. All residents of Virginia who hold amateur status and have an established USGA handicap are eligible to register. Former Roanoke Valley residents who now live outside of Virginia also may compete.
U.S. Open leftovers
The 521-yard par-4 18th hole at Merion was tough, yielding only 11 birdies in four rounds, including none the final 36 holes. Only 24.7 percent of the contestants hit the green in regulation. … Justin Rose’s triumph means 18 players have won the past 19 majors. The only double winner was Rory McIlroy (2011 U.S. Open, 2012 PGA). … Think Sergio Garcia would like to blow up Merion’s 14th and 15th holes? The Spaniard played those pair of par-4s in a collective 16 over par for the week. Meanwhile, he toured the other 64 holes in a combined 1 under.
Radford signee Nick Brediger captured the recent Bedford Invitational at Bedford Country Club. Brediger shot 73-71 to tie Bedford’s Glenn Hurt (77-67) with a 36-hole total of 4-over-par 144. Brediger, a recent Cave Spring graduate, parred the first hole of a playoff to snare the crown. … Speaking of the eGolf Tour, Blacksburg’s Lanto Griffin has two top-five finishes and stands 18th on the circuit’s money list with $19,521. Ridgeway’s Adam Webb sits 66th with $6,045. … Talking money, ex-Virginia Tech standout Brendon de Jonge stands 51st on the PGA Tour with $1,063,639 in 19 starts. De Jonge has banked nearly $7.5 million for his career despite never winning on the tour.
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