July 28, 2009
NIAGARA FALLS, New York - After opening with a 64 and then sharing the 36-hole lead, USD golf coach Tim Mickelson finished tied for eighth last week in the Porter Cup, one of the most prestigious amateur events in the country. Mickelson closed with a 74 to finish three shots out of first at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, N.Y. Brendan Gielow of Muskegon, Mich., won a three-man playoff.
`It was a lot of fun to be in contention at such a prestigious amateur event,'" said USD head men's golf coach Tim Mickelson. "To be in the final group on the final day was an accomplishment in itself but I'm still disappointed I couldn't pull off the victory. I simply couldn't control my ball flight the final round which was important to do in the 15 mph wind and rain that we played through. I didn't have my best day but overall I'm pleased with a top 10 finish. If you would have told me at the beginning of the week that I would finish top 10, I would have gladly taken it. So overall a good week. Now I am looking forward to preparing for the US Amateur qualifying this upcoming week."
Local qualifying for the US Amateur will be played this coming Tuesday, August 4th, at The Farms Golf Club. Approximately 82 players are signed up and three will advance to the US Amateur in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Torero Gunner Wiebe, who returns for his junior campaign this fall, has already qualified for the US Amateur after shooting rounds of 68-63 back at his qualifying site in Colorado.