Field cut at Hagan

Daugherty among 16 still alive
Monday, June 14, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:35 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

Brad Daugherty, a Columbia native and former Missouri golfer, continues to play well at the Francis Hagan Match Play Championship.

Daugherty advanced to the round of 16 on Sunday at Lake of the Woods Golf Course. A field of 64 played two rounds, with 16 advancing to next weekend’s final rounds.

Daugherty, 24, won the first round, beating Mike Miller at 7 and 6, then advancing with a 5 and 4 win against Nathan Sprague of Ashland.

“I have played with (Sprague) in this a couple of times before, but at 20 years old he has got 100 times more class than I did at 20, so it was a lot of fun to play with him,” Daugherty said.

Daugherty said he was hitting the ball well but he struggled with his putting.

“I can’t get the speed of the greens down, I can’t figure out if I’m going uphill or downhill but fortunately it worked out,” Daugherty said.

Brothers Aaron and Drew Wier, of Columbia, didn’t advance past Sunday’s competition.

Drew Wier, 16, lost to Jeremy Zastrow 3 and 2 in the round of 64 in the morning.

Wier started off well, tying Zastrow on the fourth hole with a shot from the sand that landed inches from the cup for an easy putt.

Wier, 1-up heading to the seventh hole, landed his tee shot behind a tree. Trying to clear it, he hit the tree and his ball bounced several feet behind him. His third shot took him just right of the green. Wier lost the hole, allowing Zastrow to tie.

Wier couldn’t bounce back and Zastrow birdied the ninth and 11th. Zastrow said that Wier made him earn the win.

“Drew played well,” Zastrow said. “I didn’t expect him to play that well.”

Zastrow, who was playing the Francis Hagan for the first time, moved on to the afternoon round, but David Kramer eliminated him in 19 holes.

Aaron Wier, 20, sank a badly needed putt on the 18th green to beat Kevin Evens in his first match 1-up. In the second round, Wier lost 5 and 4 to Joe Bellmer, who won the tournament in 1996.

Bellmer said he was lucky to win because Wier is a good player and made Bellmer’s second round more stressful than the first.

Nick Wilson, at 14 the youngest player in the tournament, won his first match at 3 and 2 against Yongsik Lee, but Dan Frost eliminated Wilson 4 and 3 in the second round.

Wilson, who was one down after three holes in his first round, said nerves bothered him, but said he reached a turning point when his dad showed up to give him support.

No. 3 seed Tim Rooney eliminated No. 2 seed David Teel, 2 and 1. Chris Johnson eliminated David McDonald, who won the tournament in 2000 and 2002, in the second round 4 and 2.

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