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GCAA Summer Series: Harwell Wins the GCAA Summer Series Championship; Odom Jr. Earns the Mackenzie Tour Exemption

Above: Gregory Odom Jr.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Oak Hills Country Club member Colby Harwell cruised to victory today, shooting a 2-under 69 and to win by six shots over club member Andres Acevedo. However, the real story came from Gregory Odom Jr., the senior from Howard University, who also shot a 2-under 69 to come from behind and earn an exemption into the 2022 Ontario Open, a Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada event.

Odom Jr. started the week shooting a 3-over 74 and finishing Monday tied for 13th. In Round 2, Odom Jr. tied the low score of the day with a 1-under 71, going three under on the last five holes. Heading into Wednesday, Odom Jr. sat in sixth place at 2-over par and four shots behind Blake Brothers, the then-leader from the Summer Series.

On the front nine, Odom Jr. birdied the first hole but bogeyed the seventh and ninth to make the turn at one over. However, Brothers bogeyed holes 2, 5 and 7, yielding two shots to Odom Jr. After an additional bogey by Brothers on hole 11, Odom Jr. entered the par-4 14th hole only one shot down. He drained an 8-foot birdie putt while Brothers failed to get up and down for par on 14.

With four holes left, Odom Jr. held his first exemption lead of the tournament.

He birdied the 15th hole and scrambled for par on 16 to remain at 1-over par. Brothers also birdied 15 but bogeyed 16 to drop another shot and go two down with two to play.

Odom Jr. sealed his victory with a dagger 10-foot birdie putt on 17. Brothers parred 17, and both men parred 18 to give Odom Jr. the 3-shot edge.

“It feels amazing. Starting the day, I knew I was kind of out of it, really, since the leader was really low. But I just stuck with it today and just tried to grind it out.” Odom Jr. said after his round.

As the low amateur from the GCAA Summer Series, Odom Jr. will be able to compete in the 2022 Ontario Open at Woodington Lake Golf Club.

FINAL LEADERBOARD

1st - Colby Harwell

2nd - Andres Acevedo

3rd - Gregory Odom Jr.

4th - Blake Brothers

T-5th - Connery Meyer

T-5th - Henry Frizzell

T-5th - Tanner Lundgren

8th - Luka Karaulic

9th - Adam Bratton

T-10th - Brian Garrett

T-10th - Sebastien Tremulot

T-12th - Marcus Smith

T-12th - Joshua Hu

T-14th - Brandon Shong

T-14th - Brock Goyen

T-14th - Ian Maspat

17th - DJ Springer

T-18th - David Timmins

T-18th - AJ Shaffer

T-20th - Devyn Pappas

T-20th - James Song

T-20th - Joneric Alford

T-20th - Patrick Kahanek

24th - Yihao (Sam) He

T-25th - Andy Mao

T-25th - Jonny Filler

T-25th - Yin Ho Yue

T-25th - Adrian Soriano

T-25th - David Harrison

T-30th - Jonathan Tanihana

T-30th - Damin Strydom

T-30th - Bobby Bough

T-33th - Daniel Nunez

T-33th - Joseph Lewis

T-35th - Brian Xu

T-35th - Donovan Dastmalchian

37th - Nathan Weber

38th - RW McDonald

39th - Yuki Bannai

T-40th - Alex Easthom

T-40th - Tom Jenkins Jr.

42nd - Nikolai Friedman

43rd - Blas Ayesa

44th - Mitch Davis (WD)

GCAA Summer Series: Harwell Extends his Lead to Four After Round Two at Oak Hills

Club member Colby Harwell tied the low round of the day today with a 1-under 70 and an overall 6-under on the tournament.

Harwell fell early with bogeys on holes one and two. Cal State Northridge’s Blake Brothers, who entered the day alone in second place, held strong at even on the day until the fifth hole, where he went 4-over on his next four holes to close his front nine. After a birdie by Harwell on the par-3 ninth, these two leaders headed into the back nine with Harwell holding a four-stroke lead.

By then, Harwell had found his momentum and immediately followed his birdie on hole nine with birdies on 10 and 11. Brothers managed to birdie hole ten but stalled out afterwards, parring his next seven holes, until a finishing birdie on hole 18 brought his total to 2-under par.

Harwell faltered on holes 13 and 14 with consecutive bogeys but was quickly fixed with an eagle on the par-5 15th. Harwell would par out to finish with a one-under 71 and a four-shot lead.

The only other player to record two rounds at or under par is Andres Acevedo of Seton Hall University, who carded his second consecutive even-par 71 today. Like Harwell, Acevedo began his second round bogeying his first two holes, and also like Harwell, Acevedo eagled the par-5 15th to bring his round back to even, chipping in from off the green.

“It was a pretty dry round before then, so it got me going.” Acevedo said.

A reason for the lack of birdies on Tuesday was the difficult pin positions, as Acevedo testified to:

“I’m a member here, so I see a lot of these tough pins, but not as tough as they were today. But it just made it a lot harder to make birdies, so I’m sure the average birdie count today was a lot lower than yesterday.”

Harwell, Brothers and Acevedo will tee off tomorrow morning off hole one at 9:07 a.m.

Current Leaderboard

1st - Colby Harwell

2nd - Blake Brothers

T-3rd - Andres Acevedo

T-3rd - Tanner Lundgren

5th - Sebastien Tremulot

6th - Gregory Odom Jr.

T-7th - Joshua Hu

T-7th - Patrick Kahanek

9th - Joneric Alford

T-10th - Connery Meyer

T-10th - Ian Maspat

T-10th - Luka Karaulic

T-10th - Mitch Davis

T-10th - Henry Frizzell

15th - Brock Goyen

T-16th - AJ Shaffer

T-16th - Yihao (Sam) He

T-16th - Adam Bratton

T-19th - David Harrison

T-19th - Brian Garrett

T-19th - Brandon Shong

T-19th - David Timmons

T-23th - Marcus Smith

T-23th - Bobby Baugh

T-23th - James Song

T-26th - Adrian Soriano

T-26th - DJ Springer

T-28th - Devyn Pappas

T-28th - Damin Strydom

30th - Yin Ho Yue

T-31st - Jonny Filler

T-31st - Donovan Dastmalchian

33rd - Andy Mao

34th - Joseph Lewis

T-35th - Brian Xu

T-35th - RW McDonald

T-37th - Daniel Nunez

T-37th - Nathan Weber

T-39th - Yuki Bannai

T-39th - Tom Jenkins Jr.

T-39th - Jonathan Tanihana

42th - Nikolai Friedman

43th - Alex Easthom

44th - Blas Ayesa

Follow the GCAA Summer Series Championship on Golfstat HERE.

GCAA Summer Series: Practice Round Complete at the GCAA Summer Series Championship at Oak Hills

SAN ANTONIO, Texas ─ It was overcast at Oak Hills Country Club as players took the course to practice for the GCAA Summer Series Championship.

In the spirit of competition, the participants played in a best ball practice round with one of the members at Oak Hills Country Club. Indiana University senior Mitch Davis and his club member partner lit up the course this afternoon, shooting a 10-under 61, with Davis himself shooting a 6-under 65.

“Our course, the Pfau Course, is extremely difficult, so it was kind of fresh air coming to a place you could be playing where you can go low if you play well,” Davis said. “I’m excited to get going tomorrow.”

This week, players from the GCAA Summer Series will be playing at Oak Hills Country Club, which has hosted numerous PGA Tour events, with winners such as Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino and Ben Crenshaw.

“Even though it no longer hosts an event, it’s still a place where the best players try to, you know, keep their games in shape when they’re not on the road,” Ryan Polzin, Head Golf Professional of Oak Hills, said.

Oak Hills is a par-71, Tillinghast-design course that plays at just over 6,900 yards. Polzin’s prediction for a final score is nine or 10 under, based on the course conditions and weather.

“We’ve hosted enough tournament golf that I feel confident that I think a player shooting three under each day is going to have a very good chance at winning this tournament,” Polzin said.

The first round begins at 8 a.m. with players teeing off of both the first and 10th tees. Follow the GCAA Summer Series Championship on Golfstat HERE, and watch tomorrow’s first tee shots on Instagram Live!

GCAA Summer Series: Harwell shoots 5-under 66 for a one-shot lead at Oak Hills

Above: David Timmins, BYU

SAN ANTONIO, Texas ─ Oak Hills Country Club member Colby Harwell, a two-time Texas Mid-Amateur winner, leads the GCAA Summer Series Championship by one shot after a first round 5-under 66.

On a chilly and breezy Monday morning, Harwell got off to a hot start with birdies on 10 and 11, his starting holes. He later birdied 18, 1 and 2 to take him to five under. With a pair of bogeys and birdies during his last seven holes, Harwell carded his 66 to sit atop the leaderboard.

Behind Harwell, Blake Brothers of Cal State Northridge shot a 4-under 67 and is alone in second place. After an even first nine holes starting with three birdies and three bogeys, Brothers made four birdies on his first five holes in his second nine holes.

“Honestly, I was staying in the moment. Just hitting each shot as good as I can hit, and I wasn’t thinking about my score at all. I was just going through the process.” Brothers said about his streak.

Only two other competitors shot under par today: BYU’s David Timmins and club member Tanner Lundgren both shot 2-under rounds of 69. Timmins, who won the GCAA Summer Series event at Omni La Costa Resort and Spa, had a wild round, including two eagles, four birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey.

“I was kind of all over the place, but I'm really grateful to be here at Oak Hills. The GCAA does an awesome job, and I really love playing in these events,” Timmins said.

Timmins and Lundgren are three shots off the lead and tied for third.

Current Leaderboard

1st - Colby Harwell

2nd - Blake Brothers

T-3rd - David Timmins

T-3rd - Tanner Lundgren

5th - Andres Acevedo

T-6th - Patrick Kahanek

T-6th - Henry Frizzell

T-8th - Sebastien Tremulot

T-8th - Adam Bratton

T-8th - Joshua Hu

T-8th - Mitch Davis

T-8th - Joneric Alford

T-13th - James Song

T-13th - Gregory Odom Jr.

T-13th - DJ Springer

T-13th - Brandon Shong

T-17th - Luka Karaulic

T-17th - Damin Strydom

T-17th - Ian Maspat

T-20th - Adrian Soriano

T-20th - Nathan Weber

T-20th - Connery Meyer

T-20th - Andy Mao

T-20th - Brock Goyen

T-20th - Yin Ho Yue

T-26th - Brian Garrett

T-26th - Bobby Baugh

T-26th - Yihao (Sam) He

T-26th - David Harrison

T-26th - AJ Shaffer

T-26th - Joseph Lewis

T-26th - Marcus Smith

33rd - Donavon Dasmalchian

T-34th - Jonny Filler

T-34th - Alex Easthom

T-34th - Jonathan Tanihana

T-34th - RW McDonald

38th - Tom Jenkins Jr.

T-39th - Devyn Pappas

T-39th - Brian Xu

T-39th - Daniel Nunez

T-39th - Blas Ayesa

T-43th - Yuki Bannai

T-43th - Nikolai Friedman

Follow the GCAA Summer Series Championship on Golfstat HERE.

GCAA Summer Series: Shaffer, 6 under, wins at Penn State, receives invite to Series Championship at Oak Hills CC

State College, PA- AJ Shaffer, from Charlotte, wins the GCAA Summer Series at Penn State Golf Course, presented by the John T. Reis Foundation, after shooting 6 under 66, the best round of his amateur career. 

“It feels really good. I put in a lot of hard work. It came together today in a nice round so I’m pretty pleased with it,” said Shaffer following his round. 

Shaffer began his final round with three straight birdies and four birdies in his first  five holes, giving himself a comfortable four shot lead early in the morning.

“Made a nice putt on one. Obviously, I hit a bomb on three and I hit a good shot into two. Made some really good putts and got it going early,” Shaffer said. 

Thursday’s win secures Shaffer an invitation to the GCAA Series Championship at Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio, Texas. 

“That’s an exciting event to put on the calendar. Hopefully I can go down there and play good,” he said. 

Yannick Artigolle, from Northwestern finished alone in second at 2 over par this week after shooting a one under par 71. Andrew Ferguson, from Penn State Altoona, finished in third place at 9 over par. 

Artigolle and Ferguson will receive invites to the Series Championship, along with Shaffer.

CLICK HERE for for final leaderboard from Penn State. 

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