Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Leaderboard looking more youthful at Met



By Colleen Kane
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Some of the characters may be different, but the storyline is the same. Yet another group of young players dominated the opening round of the Met Tuesday at Triple Crown and Oasis.

The four low scores of the two-day qualifier came from Ohio State senior Kevin Hall, Xavier senior Miles Maillet, recent Xavier graduate Bryan Harger and 2002 DePauw graduate and defending champ David Allan.

Leader Hall added a 1-under 71 at the more difficult Triple Crown to his first-round Oasis score of 66.

"Anytime you finish in the top five out of a field of (260), you should be pleased, so yeah, I am," Hall said. "Here you had to make sure you hit it straight or you're not going to score. I chose accuracy over distance."

Hall will face Ed Steiber at 7:30 a.m. in today's first round of match play.

Harger finished at 140 and Maillet at 141 after their day at Triple Crown, and they and Hall said they'd be happy to return to Oasis.

"Where I can swing freely," Harger said.

Harger advanced to match play for the first time in three tries. Maillet, a 21-year-old from California, is in his first Met. Allan tied Scott Ross for fourth at 142.

College players also had last year's four lowest qualifying scores. Former Cincinnati seniors Chris Larbes and Neil Lykins have moved on, and Hall was the only one to repeat his performance, though Xavier sophomore Justin Fender qualified again this year at 150.

"The trend has just been younger," said John Lavelle, a Met organizer, who cited the influence of Tiger Woods. "College golf has become really popular."

Lavelle said the trend started six years ago when Miami golfer Kyle Voska won the Met in 1997 and '98. Four of the last six Met winners have been under 25 years old.

"In the past, all I'd heard about is (Robert) Gerwin and (Jim) Ebel and (Jim) Volpenhein. It seems recently all the Cincinnati tournaments are young kids," Harger said. "Hopefully, it's because the golf programs are getting better."

Of the veterans Harger mentioned, only Ebel qualified, but Ross and several low scorers have plenty of experience.

Experience is something Hall, who has been playing golf since he was 9, is not afraid of.

"I don't care if you're the winner of the U.S. Open, I'm still going to play my own game and give it my all," Hall said. "If you get intimidated, you shouldn't play."

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GCGA Metropolitan Amateur

Multiple Round Scores

Oasis GC & Triple Crown CC

Player NameRd 1Rd 2Total
Kevin HallGlenview 6671137
Bryan HargerAvon Fields 6872140
Miles MailletAvon Fields 7170141
David AllanTerrace Park 7072142
Scott RossKings Island6973142
Don HunscheTraditions7274146
Bill PiliarisSharon Woods7373146
Jim EbelFour Bridges 6978147
Shawn McCaskeyFour Bridges 7771148
John HohLegendary Run 6979148
David MathewsDeer Run 7672148
Ross GoodsonWestern Hills 7871149
Chris DaytonMaketewah 7673149
David MeieringGrand Oak 7574149
Kyle WardHamilton Elks 7575150
Robert De RojasBeckett Ridge 7575150
Robert DavidgeIndian Ridge 7476150
Justin FenderVineyard 7476150
Billy WilliamsonLegendary Run7575150
Chris Straley Reeves 6981150
Jason RitzertVineyard7674150
Terry PappOasis 7972151
Jeff ParnellKings Island7873151
Brad MarshMaketewah 7873151
Doug DannerReeves 7774151
Jim MuethingWyoming 7378151
Todd SimmonsHillsboro Elks 7180151
Kevin HigbyHarmon 7973152
Rob ClarkeTriple Crown 7973152
Edward SteiberBrown's Run 7280152
Pete EbelFour Bridges 7676152
Dennis KendallElks Run 7280152
Tim SorrowsWalden Ponds7379152
Mitch MahoneyWetherington 7181152
Wes HomanColdstream8073153
Brian KeatingCincinnati 7974153
Jim MenkhausTraditions7875153
Brian SweeneyCalifornia 7875153
John ClodfelderDeer Run 8172153
Tyler HasslerFairfield Greens South Trace7578153
Jim VolpenheinTraditions7479153
Kyle LandrumDevou Park7578153
Daniel DevoreBrown's Run7380153
Michael Marchese IIIGlenview7975154
Sean DugganReeves7975154
Jay TiltonGlenview7876154
Jeffrey FloydTriple Crown8173154
Andrew StephensTraditions7579154
Michael BeausejourHeritage7678154
Tim SchillerWestern Hills7876154
Chris DonabedianOasis6886154
Carl Tuke, Jr.Coldstream7877155
Tim DixonHamilton Elks7877155
Brad WilderMiami Whitewater7283155
Tim MurphyOasis7778155
J.R. TaylorBlue Ash7184155
Greg SullivanCalifornia7778155
Mike Ward Traditions7977156
Sy MandleTriple Crown7977156
Mark Erlewine IITriple Crown7878156
Greg TurcotteSummit Hills8274156
Nathan BoatmanHillsboro Elks7680156
Charles NiemanTraditions8175156
Bob KirkhamColdstream8076156
Kyle OwensLegendary Run8076156
Domanic CatacoraTwin Oaks7482156
Robert Gerwin IICamargo Club7581156
Patrick HeekinHyde Park7878156
David HeinrichRare Eagle7680156
Ryan NightingaleFour Bridges7581156
Taylor MetcalfeWyoming7978157
Mike NogglerMiami View8275157
Tom ReinholdO'Bannon Creek8275157
John ScholtzMaketewah8176157
Kevin ShepherdOasis8077157
Forrest DailyAshton Oaks7582157
Steve OberschlakeFriendly Meadows7186157
Brad ShortFour Bridges8276158
Joseph CampReeves7583158
Alan KosterOasis7682158
Jeff MilinovichHyde Park7682158
Peter BetzoldSharon Woods7781158
Philip RussoElk's Run7682158
Chresten ArmstrongCalifornia8376159
Jeff EnglerPleasant Hill8277159
Matt RodenkirchOasis7584159
Geoff NewmanMiami Whitewater7881159
Bill ToernerMaketewah7782159
Ben StewartKings Island 7782159
Blake Cummins Indian Ridge8080160
Josh HamiltonReeves8278160
Joseph ChandlerCalifornia7684160
John CraynonNeumann7387160
Patrick DammertFort Mitchell7486160
Jeff SullivanFairfield Greens South Trace7585160
Mike SearsKings Island7981160
Allen CastleFairfield Greens South Trace8180161
Kevin PongVineyard8180161
Paul Smith, Jr.Harmon7784161
Gordon WarnerCamargo Club8081161
Tyler HausfeldClovernook7685161
Scott FearnClovernook8379162
Matthew MurphyElks Run8379162
Gordon WillinsHarmon8181162
Matt DehartWeatherwax8082162
Alex RechtinSummit Hills8181162
Brian StaarmannBrown's Run8082162
Ronnie RoushHilltop8082162
Eric ZahnBlue Ash8479163
Jon KeyTraditions8381164
Christopher RagonesiLegendary Run7787164
Casey ParksHamilton Elks8084164
Dean StaberBeckett Ridge8183164
Tony BoskenFairfield Greens South Trace8481165
Kevin CrawfordVineyard8283165
Mike McCannBlue Ash8283165
Tim SuessFour Bridges8184165
Mark MaundrellReeves8184165
Tony TownsendFour Bridges8184165
Brent WalkerRiver's Bend7986165
Brian GoochFort Mitchell8185166
Bobby SanterreMill Course7789166
Keith BrakenridgeGlenview8087167
Joseph BunnellFour Bridges7889167
Steve NollSummit Hills7989168
Ben Tilton Mill8485169
Willie DeTempleKenwood8188169
Dennis SweeneyRoyal Oak8486170
Bret WilcoxSummit Hills7991170
Tom ShinerMiami Whitewater8490174
Bill GrannenLegendary Run7896174
Terry AbramsMaketewah8395178

Match Play Pairings

Round of 32

Today

7:30 am Kevin Hall (1) vs. Edward Steiber (32)
7:40 am Robert De Rojas (16) vs. Robert Davidge (17)
7:50 am Jim Ebel (8) vs. Doug Danner (25)
8:00 am Shawn McCaskey (9) vs. Brad Marsh (24)
8:10 am David Allan (4) vs. Tim Sorrows (29)
8:20 am Chris Dayton (13) vs. Chris Straley (20)
8:30 am Scott Ross (5) vs. Mitch Mahoney (28)
8:40 am Ross Goodson (12) vs. Jason Ritzert (21)
8:50 am Bryan Harger (2) vs. Pete Ebel (31)
9:00 am Kyle Ward (15) vs. Justin Fender (18)
9:10 am Bill Piliaris (7) vs. Jim Muething (26)
9:20 am David Mathews (10) vs. Jeff Parnell (23)
9:30 am Miles Maillet (3) vs. Kevin Higby (30)
9:40 am David Meiering (14) vs. Billy Williamson (19)
9:50 am Don Hunsche (6) vs.Todd Simmons (27)
10:00 am John Hoh (11) vs. Terry Papp (22)




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