Men's Golf | 6/29/2018 8:49:00 AM
GLEN ALLEN, Va. – Connor Messick made a strong impression in one of his first golf tournaments since transferring to George Mason.
The graduate transfer from the University of Virginia advanced to match play of the 105th Virginia State Golf Association Amateur Championship and finished in the round of 16 on Thursday. Messick fell to former Wake Forest standout Dustin Groves by a score of 4 & 2 in the second round of match play at The Federal Club.
Messick, a native of Oak Hill who graduated from nearby Chantilly High, tied for 19th after two rounds of stroke play on Tuesday and Wednesday. He shot a 1-over 145 (73-72) over 36 holes, including shooting an even-par 72 on Wednesday.
He was one of 32 golfers to make the cut at the 156-golfer tournament, advancing to match play. He won by default in his first round of match play on Thursday as his opponent withdrew. That set up the matchup against Groves, who won three of the first four holes and was 3-up through eight holes. But Messick showed resiliency, winning holes nine and 11, to pull within one.
Groves, however, clinched the match when he won three of four holes. He sealed by winning by two strokes on the 16th hole.
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In addition, a pair of Mason alums both advanced to match play. Scott Shingler ('95) tied for fifth during stroke play with a 3-under 141 (70-71). He won his first round of match play in a great match against Kurtis Grant. Shingler won the 19 th hole by a stroke to advance. He then lost a tough match to Trey Smith by a score of 2 & 1.
Jimmy Delp ('00) also tied for 19th at 1-over 145 (71-74). He fell in the first round of match play, losing to Drew Brockwell by a score of 4 & 3. Rising sophomore Florian Blatti
also competed in the tournament. He shot a 15-over 87 on the first day but withdrew before the second round on Wednesday due to an illness.
Recent Mason graduate Ellis Messian
is also competing in a statewide tournament this week in his home state of California. He is currently tied for 44th with a 5-over 221 (70-73-78) after three rounds of the California State Open at the Maderas Golf Club in Poway, Calif.
???????The San Diego native was tied for second after the first round with a 2-under 70 and was one of 60 golfers to make the cut after the firs two rounds. He will tee off for the fourth and final round at 11 a.m. (EST) on Friday.