Junior Brandon Matthews is tied for fifth place after shooting an even-par 70 on Thursday during the first day of competition at the NCAA Regionals in New Haven, Connecticut.
After scoring par on the first six holes, Matthews bogeyed three of the next five holes. The Dupont, Pennsylvania native then birdied three of the final seven holes to finish the day at even par.
“I feel really good because I’m hitting the ball really nice,” Matthews said. “I fine-tuned it yesterday and the swing felt really good.”
Matthews, who is tied with six other players at even par, is six shots behind the current leader — South Florida sophomore Rigel Fernandes, who shot a six-under 64 on Thursday.
Matthews said he needs to improve on his short game in order to improve his score.
“Hopefully that just takes effect tomorrow,” Matthews said. “We just want to see some more birdies roll in. I’m in a good spot.”
Junior Brandon Matthews’ list of achievements grew on Friday when he was named to the 2015 American Athletic Conference Men’s Golf All-Conference team for the second consecutive year.
In 11 of 12 tournaments this year, Matthews placed among the Top 10 individual finishers. He also set a school record for season stroke average at 71.0, and tied program records for total victories (eight) and consecutive wins (three) during the spring portion of the schedule.
Matthews was also named the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference’s Golfer of the Month for April this past Wednesday.
On Monday, Matthews will compete in the U.S. Open qualifier at the Trump National Golf Club in Pine Hill, New Jersey before heading north to play in the NCAA Regional in New Haven, Connecticut at The Course at Yale next weekend.
Day One of the two-day Princeton Invitational took place Saturday afternoon at the Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square. Junior Brandon Matthews stayed hot, posting a 2-under-par 68 to lead the tournament at the halfway point. Matthews and Cornell’s Mike Graboyes were the only players to shoot under par on Saturday, as Graboyes posted a 69.
Temple sits in second place on the team leaderboard with a combined score of plus-15, four shots off Yale for the top spot. Senior Matt Teesdale had the second-best round for Temple with a 3-over 73. Freshman Evan Thornton was next with a 6-over. Senior Pat Ross, sophomore Evan Notaro and junior Liam Fahey rounded out the leaderboard for the Owls with rounds of 78, 79 and 83, respectively.
The tournament concludes Sunday afternoon in Ardmore at the Merion Golf Club, beginning at 11 a.m.
After what coach Brian Quinn called one of “the biggest wins in Temple University golf history” at the Furman Intercollegiate March 27-29, junior Brandon Matthews followed it up with a win at the Met Intercollegiate in Purchase, New York. He was then honored with the American Athletic Conference Golfer of the Week award for his efforts.
The win in New York last weekend was the seventh of Matthews’ Temple career. Back-to-back victories for Matthews has his Golfstat.com ranking up to No. 39, which is the highest ranking of any golfer in The American. His average score per round sits at a 71.
Temple will be back in action this weekend at the Princeton Invitational.
The golf team’s schedule, released Monday, has the squad participating in six tournaments this fall.
The team first tees off on Sept. 22 at the Hartford Hawk Invitational in Hartford, CT. The team’s only local tournament is the Temple Invitational Oct. 11-12 in Hundington Valley, PA.
Last season at the Temple Invitational, the team finished fourth, which was its second-best finish all season. The team will conclude play for the fall at the Wendy’s Kiawah Classic in Charleston, South Carolina.
After two days of competition, sophomore Brandon Matthews is tied for sixth overall at the 2014 American Athletic Conference Championships.
On the first day of competition Matthews shot a two-over 73, which placed him 13th overall out of 151 golfers. He started strong, as he was one among the top five golfers. But Matthews shot three over on his final four holes. He responded with a strong outing on Monday, shooting a one-under 70. He was one of seven golfers to break par on what was a windy day in Palm Harbor, Fla.
As a team, the Owls are currently in ninth place out of the 10-team field, 44 shots behind the leader – Central Florida. The event features a strong field, as five teams participating are currently ranked in the Top 50.
Junior Matt Teesdale is tied for 30th after shooting a three-over 74 on Sunday and a six-over 77 on Monday. Senior Matt Crescenzo is tied for 42nd after posting a six-over 77 on Sunday and a 10-over 81 on Monday. Freshman Evan Notaro and junior Mike Amole are 49th and 50th overall, respectively.
The Owls tee off Tuesday at 8:20 am.
After standing in fifth place after the first day of the Wolfpack Intercollegiate, Temple finished seventh in the 17-team tournament at the Lonnie Pool Golf Course in North Carolina.
Sophomore Brandon Matthews led the Owls with 9-under performance to finish third overall. Matthews was one of 15 golfers to shoot par or better on the final round of the tournament.
In two rounds Monday, Matthews shot a 67 and 68, then finished Tuesday’s round with an even par 72.
Junior Matt Teesdale finished in a tie for 15th overall with a one-over 217. Senior Matt Crescenzo shot a six-over 222 to tie for 32nd overall.
Rounding out the lineup was senior Russell Hartung, who finished 75th and freshman Evan Galbreath, who finished right behind his teammate in 76thplace.
East Tennessee State won the event with a combined score of 843.
This weekend, the Owls will host the Temple Invitational at Philmont Country club on Saturday and Sunday.
After 36 holes of play at The Adams Cup in Newport, Rhode Island, Temple is tied for seventh place in the 16-team field with a score of 603.
Senior Matt Crescenzo shot a two-under 142 to lead the Owls.
Sophomore Brandon Matthews had a tough stretch on day one, carding a nine-over 81 during his morning round, but rebounded in the afternoon, shooting a one-over 73 and is tied with junior Mike Amole for 43nd place.
Junior Matt Teesdale is tied for 49th with an 11-over 155. Freshman Evan Galbreath carded a 15-over 159 to round out the lineup.
The Owls trail Hartford and Rhode Island by eight strokes for third place.
University of Central Florida leads the tournament with a 565.
The Adams Cup will conclude on Tuesday with eighteen holes of action.
Less than a year after his playing days at Temple concluded, Devin Bibeau is returning to Temple and has been named as an assistant coach to headman Brian Quinn.
Bibeau was a four-year letter winner and as a senior, placed fifth overall at the Atlantic 10 Men’s Golf Championship and vaulted himself to a Top 10 finish at the Wildcat Invitational.
Bibeau was also named to the A 10 All-Conference team during his senior campaign.
The golf schedule for the 2013 fall season has been released.
The schedule features five tournaments spanning from Sept. 14 through Oct. 13.
The season will get underway at The McLaughlin Tournament on Sept. 14 in Farmingdale, N.Y. and conclude at the Temple Invitational at Huntingdon Valley, Pa. on Oct. 13.
Five tournaments are listed on the schedule, with each one lasting two days.
Aside from Farmingdale, N.Y., the Owls will play tournaments in Newport, R.I., South Cent, Conn., Raleigh, N.C. and Huntingdon Valley, Pa.
Temple is led by the efforts of 2013 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year, sophomore Brandon Matthews, junior Matt Teesdale, who posted three top-ten finishes in six events in the spring, and senior Matt Crescenzo.
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Geoff Sisk, a 1987 alum, finished in a three-way tie for first place in the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier held at the Century Country Club and Old Oaks Country Club in Purchase, N.Y. on Monday afternoon and will be representing Temple in what will be Sisk’s seventh career U.S. Open.
Sisk shot a 68 in the opening round and a 69 in the second round, finishing with a four-under 137 to qualify for the Open Championship.
Despite shooting a four-under 67 in round two, Temple sophomore Brandon Matthews fell outside of the top four on the leaderboard, which will keep him from competing in the tournament. There is a glimmer of hope for the young phenom, though, as Matthews was was named as an alternate for the U.S. Open. He will be allowed to chip, putt and hit balls at the driving range next week in case a player withdraws.
The 2013 U.S. Open will be held at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. from June 10 to June 16.