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Former ASU Golfer Leads eGolf Tour event

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Greensboro, NC – With the NCAA Golf Championships taking place this week in Woodstock, GA, it only seems appropriate that a member of one of the Peach State's college golf dynasties continues his strong work in the professional ranks. Roughly two years after claiming the second of back-to-back NCAA team titles as a key member of the Augusta State golf team, Mitch Krywulycz of Sylvania, Australia sits poised to claim professional win No. 1 this week. With rounds of 67-65—132, the affable Aussie will enter Friday's third and final round of the eGolf Tour's Sedgefield Classic with a four-shot lead, just 18 holes away from solo-victory.

 

The Sedgefield Classic is the 11th of 24 scheduled events on the 2013 eGolf Tour schedule, and is being contested this week at Sedgefield Country Club – Dye Course in Greensboro, NC.

 

Krywulycz, who entered the week with back-to-back top-15 finishes on the eGolf Tour, opened Wednesday's first round with a stellar 3-under 67 to sit in a tie for second heading into Thursday's second round of play.

 

Starting on the back nine, the 25-year-old Krywulycz birdied two of his first six holes to move to 4-under for the week, but it was a birdie at the par-4 17th that opened his charge.

 

"The birdie on 17 really got me going. After that, I knew the rest was going to play tough, but I knew there were a few holes out there that I could take advantage of," he said. "That hole was a catalyst."

 

After turning at 2-under 33, Krywulycz kept his foot on the gas, notching birdies at Nos. 2 and 3 to vault to 7-under for the tournament and 4-under for his round.

 

"The greens are so pure," Krywulycz said. "If you can get it on the green inside of 20 feet, you definitely have a chance."

 

The par-4 sixth provided another one of those chances, where a crafty second shot from the trees set up his sixth birdie of the day, moving the current Augusta, GA resident to 8-under par overall.

 

After "scraping out a few pars at the end," Krywulycz wrapped up a 5-under 65 – the best round through 36 holes of the first-year event – to post an 8-under 132, good for a commanding four-shot lead heading into Friday's final round.

 

"Obviously when you're playing well everything seems easy, that's just the way golf goes," he said. "I'm playing as good as I can, but still surprised to have a four-shot lead."

 

Krywulycz is in his third year as a professional, but might best be known for his work as an amateur – more specifically, as a member of college golf's proverbial 21st century Cinderella story.

 

Augusta, GA sits idle as a sleepy Southern town for 51 weeks a year, giving way to seven days of mayhem each April, hosting what is without doubt golf's grandest tournament.

 

For two weeks in 2010 and 2011, Augusta had something else to cheer for – the little-known Augusta State Jaguar golf team, who played the role of David en route to toppling Goliaths Oklahoma State and Georgia in back-to-back NCAA Championship final matches to win consecutive titles in upset fashion.

 

"To me it's a lot more pressure trying to win as a team," said Krywulycz. "When you play as an individual, you just play the best you can, try to make some cash and get ready for your next qualifier. To me, there is nothing like playing for those other guys on the course."

 

The beauty of both titles was that the Jaguars – even in their 2011 title defense – were heavy underdogs in the championship match, having to best the Oklahoma State Cowboys in 2010, and the Georgia Bulldogs in 2011, both times as the No. 7 seed. The latter of the two, facing off against their far-more-famous, in-state foes from Athens, GA, was the icing on the cake of what the NCAA is supposed to be all about.

 

With a host of teams competing this week at Atlanta's Capital City Club, Krywulycz has paid little attention, citing a friend's text messages for keeping him in the loop. Looking for his first win since "I can't even remember, my sophomore year maybe," he has bigger things to focus on. However, that doesn't keep him from reflecting.

 

"I've kept up with some of it, but I'll start paying more attention once they move to match play," Krywulycz said. "I know exactly how all of those guys feel, and it's a pretty cool feeling to have. It seems like yesterday, but at the same time it was a long time ago."

 

Returning to Sedgefield (formerly known as Cardinal G&CC) and Pete Dye's demanding layout, Krywulycz relishes the chance to tee it up on Friday – this time, for just himself. Should he win, he'd be the second member of those ASU teams to win on the eGolf Tour, dating back to current PGA TOUR member Henrik Norlander's 2012 Olde Sycamore Open title.

 

"The golf course sets up great, and it's all about hitting fairways. From there, you can give yourself chances," he said. "It will be nice to go out in the heat – no sweaters like the last three months – and just compete. I'm looking forward to it."

 

First-round leader Michael Shrader of Midlothian, VA is in solo-second place, four shots back of Krywulycz at 4-under 136 following rounds of 66-70.

 

The former University of Richmond golfer, who entered the second round with a one-shot lead over six players (including Krywulycz), played admirably for 15 holes on day two.

 

Starting on the back nine, Shrader moved past a three-par start to reach 2-under for the day after a birdie-bogey-birdie-birdie stretch on Nos. 13 through 16.

 

A bogey at the par-4 18th gave him a 1-under 34 on his outward nine, but birdies on Nos. 2, 4 and 6 quickly made up for it, moving him into a tie for the lead with Krywulycz at 8-under par for the week.

 

It was then that Shrader's day unraveled, as a triple-bogey at No. 7 led to a closing bogey at No. 9, leaving him with a second-round 70, and four shots back of Krywulycz at 4-under 136.

 

Shrader's 2013 campaign has had it's share of ups and downs, after a made cut at the Oldfield Open in February (his first start of the year) evolved into four consecutive missed cuts – a streak which ended with a T46 finish at the Palisades Classic two weeks ago.

 

With his opening rounds of 66-70, Shrader has now posted seven of his last eight rounds on the eGolf Tour at par or better.

 

Bruce Woodall of Yanceyville, NC and Vaita Guillaume of Tahiti are tied for third at 3-under 137, five shots back of Krywulycz.

 

Woodall, in his first full year on the eGolf Tour, bogeyed three of his first five holes during Wednesday's opening round before rallying somewhat to post a 1-over 71. On Thursday, the former University of Virginia standout birdied Nos. 1 and 4, but double-bogeyed the par-4 fifth to drop back to even-par for the day. From Nos. 7 through 15, Woodall played lights out, posting five birdies over a nine-hole stretch to reach 4-under for the tournament. A bogey at the par-4 18th left him with a 4-under 66 on day two, and at 3-under 137 on the week.

 

Woodall has quietly been one of the eGolf Tour's most consistent performers this year, having now made nine-of-nine cuts, with five top-10 finishes under his belt – including three straight heading into the week at Sedgefield.

 

As an amateur, he contended the past two years at the Cardinal Amateur (held annually at Sedgefield Country Club – Dye Course), earning a T7 finish at the event's 2012 edition and posting a T4 the year prior.

 

Guillaume, who starred in college at Campbell University, held the early day one lead after posting a bogey-free 67 in first twosome out. Entering Thursday's round one shot off the lead, the French-born player birdied his first two holes to move into the lead at 5-under par for the week.

 

Seven pars thereafter took Guillaume to the back nine, where bogeys on 10, 12 and 13 dropped him back to 1-over on the round and 2-under for the tournament. At the par-5 15th, he added one last birdie to return to even-par for the round, where he finished for a 70.

 

The 24-year-old Guillaume has had an up-and-down sophomore season on the eGolf Tour, making six of nine cuts, but notching just one top-15 finish – a T14 at the Palisades Classic.

 

Christian Brand of South Charleston, WV and Jacob Burger of Orangeburg, SC are tied for fifth at 2-under 138.

 

Brand, who managed to post a 1st-rd 67 despite a triple-bogey on the par-4 ninth, carded a 1-over 71 on Thursday to remain in the hunt at 2-under 138.

 

At 3-over through 15 holes in his second round, Brand rebounded late, posting birdies at Nos. 7 and 8 (his 16th and 17th) to move back into red figures, where he eventually finished for a two-day total of 138.

 

After making his first three cuts of the year, Brand struggled of late, withdrawing with injury at the Championship at Ballantyne Country Club in March, then missing three straight cuts entering the week in Greensboro.

 

The 36-hole cut fell at 5-over 145, with 48 players making it through to the final 18 holes of play. Final-round play in the Sedgefield Classic will begin at 7:40 AM on Friday morning. The tournament is open to the public and free of charge.

 

 

Sedgefield Classic

Sedgefield Country Club – Dye Course

Par 70; 7,002 yards

 

Second-Round Results

 
 1    Mitchell Krywulycz    Australia               67-65--132 -8  
 2    Michael Shrader       Midlothian, VA          66-70--136 -4  
 T3   Bruce Woodall         Yanceyville, NC         71-66--137 -3  
 T3   Vaita Guillaume       Papeete, Tahiti         67-70--137 -3  
 T5   Christian Brand       South Charleston, WV    67-71--138 -2  
 T5   Jacob Burger          Orangeburg, SC          69-69--138 -2  
 T7   Dustin Bray           Asheboro, NC            69-70--139 -1  
 T7   Harold Varner III     Gastonia, NC            68-71--139 -1  
 T7   Adam Long             Lake Saint Louis, MO    67-72--139 -1  
 T7   Barrett Kelpin        Kalamazoo, MI           69-70--139 -1  
 T7   Joey McLister         Charlotte, NC           70-69--139 -1  
 T7   Nathan Stamey         Bluffton, SC            69-70--139 -1  
 T7   Jurrian Van der Vaart Netherlands             69-70--139 -1  
 T7   Jesse Hutchins        Kirkersville, OH        69-70--139 -1  
 T7   Ryan Armour           Jupiter, FL             70-69--139 -1  
 16   Wills Smith           Savannah, GA            71-69--140 E   
 T17  Travis Ross           Crookston, MN           68-73--141 +1  
 T17  Adam Webb             Ridgeway, VA            73-68--141 +1  
 T17  Seamus Power          Ireland                 70-71--141 +1  
 T17  Frank Adams III       Salisbury, NC           71-70--141 +1  
 T17  Jonathan Cox          Marietta, GA            71-70--141 +1  
 T17  Chris McCartin        Raleigh, NC             70-71--141 +1  
 T23  Drew Weaver           Sea Island, GA          71-71--142 +2  
 T23  Timothy Madigan       Rio Rancho, NM          74-68--142 +2  
 T23  Lanto Griffin         Blacksburg, VA          75-67--142 +2  
 T23  Tim Hegarty           Briarcliff Manor, NY    71-71--142 +2  
 T23  Brian Friederichs     Boca Raton, FL          67-75--142 +2  
 T23  Derrick Meier         Chilton, WI             75-67--142 +2  
 T23  Zach Sucher           Birmingham, AL          76-66--142 +2  
 T23  Preston Dembowiak     Greensboro, NC          71-71--142 +2  
 T31  Fielding Brewbaker    Salem, VA               74-69--143 +3  
 T31  T.J. Howe             Osceola, PA             70-73--143 +3  
 T31  Brad Helton           Knoxville, TN           71-72--143 +3  
 T31  Justin Clement        Lexington, NC           72-71--143 +3  
 T35  Jack Fields           Southern Pines, NC      76-68--144 +4  
 T35  Garland Green         Tazewell, VA            71-73--144 +4  
 T35  Gregg LaVoie          Charlotte, NC           72-72--144 +4  
 T35  Jake Scott            Strongsville, OH        71-73--144 +4  
 T35  Rex Riley             Wrightsville Beach, NC  76-68--144 +4  
 T40  Chris Gallagher       Charlotte, NC           72-73--145 +5  
 T40  Henry Zaytoun         Raleigh, NC             75-70--145 +5  
 T40  Jordan Walor          Wake Forest, NC         73-72--145 +5  
 T40  Will Bowman           Greensboro, NC          74-71--145 +5  
 T40  Kevin O'Connell       Cary, NC                74-71--145 +5  
 T40  Josh Hart             Cordova, IL             76-69--145 +5  
 T40  David Sanchez         Huntersville, NC        67-78--145 +5  
 T40  Josh Apple            Leesburg, VA            71-74--145 +5  
 T40  Erik Downs            West Palm Beach, FL     76-69--145 +5
 
MISSED CUT
  
 T49  Will Collins          Salisbury, NC           76-70--146 +6  
 T49  Paul Ferrier          Edinburgh, Scotland     75-71--146 +6  
 T49  Matt Schall           Williamsport, PA        70-76--146 +6  
 T49  Adam Mitchell         Atlanta, GA             72-74--146 +6  
 T49  Tommy McDonagh        Charlotte, NC           72-74--146 +6  
 T49  Justin Peters         Stuart, FL              72-74--146 +6  
 T49  Damian Telles         The Dalles, OR          73-73--146 +6  
 T49  Taylor Floyd          Forsyth, GA             69-77--146 +6  
 T49  Matthew (a) Brittain  Abingdon, VA            69-77--146 +6  
 T49  Joel Dahlenburg       St. Augustine, FL       75-71--146 +6  
 T59  David Watkins         Greenville, NC          73-74--147 +7  
 T59  Matthew Ryan          Santa Clarita, CA       76-71--147 +7  
 T59  Andy Bare             West End, NC            73-74--147 +7  
 T59  Michael Marshburn     Cary, NC                74-73--147 +7  
 T59  Paul Woodbury         Lake City, SC           73-74--147 +7  
 T59  J.R. Warthen          Pismo Beach, CA         74-73--147 +7  
 T59  Brian Hughes          Raleigh, NC             74-73--147 +7  
 T59  Stephen Harrison      Wilson, NC              74-73--147 +7  
 T67  Brent Witcher         Atlanta, GA             76-72--148 +8  
 T67  Kevin McLister        Leesburg, VA            77-71--148 +8  
 T67  Andrew Moss           Greensboro, NC          73-75--148 +8  
 T67  Brendan Gielow        Muskegon, MI            75-73--148 +8  
 T67  Daniel Stanley        Spartanburg, SC         76-72--148 +8  
 T67  Jake Johnson          Cameron Park, CA        74-74--148 +8  
 T67  Tommy Gibson          Vero Beach, FL          75-73--148 +8  
 T67  Derek Chang           Augusta, GA             73-75--148 +8  
 T67  Travis Stewart        Jamestown, NC           75-73--148 +8  
 T76  Chad Bricker          Waynesboro, PA          71-78--149 +9  
 T76  Chris Epperson        Hilton Head Island, SC  74-75--149 +9  
 T76  Eric Shriver          Durham, NC              73-76--149 +9  
 T76  Adam Stephenson       Greenville, NC          74-75--149 +9  
 T76  Olafur Loftsson       Iceland                 78-71--149 +9  
 T76  Robbie Greenwell      Ontario, Canada         74-75--149 +9  
 T76  Mikel Martinson       Lubbock, TX             75-74--149 +9  
 T76  Rory Bourke           Victoria, Australia     78-71--149 +9  
 T76  Mark Kriston          Clemmons, NC            72-77--149 +9  
 T85  Joshua Brock          Wilmington, NC          69-81--150 +10 
 T85  Lee Heaton            Surrey, England         73-77--150 +10 
 T87  Mitch Bagley          Midlothian, VA          74-77--151 +11 
 T87  Bret Carroll          Charlotte, NC           74-77--151 +11 
 T87  Chris Olson           Midlothian, VA          73-78--151 +11 
 T87  Matt Short            Hudson, NC              76-75--151 +11 
 T91  Thomas Curtis         England                 72-80--152 +12 
 T91  Chad Gates            Palm City, FL           75-77--152 +12 
 T91  Bobby MacWhinnie      Charlotte, NC           73-79--152 +12 
 T91  Bobby West            Watertown, SD           79-73--152 +12 
 T95  Chad Vivolo           Carmel, CA              77-76--153 +13 
 T95  Matthew Jones         Louisville, KY          81-72--153 +13 
 T97  Jonas Enander Hedin   Charlotte, NC           76-78--154 +14 
 T97  Rushi Oza             Canton, OH              77-77--154 +14 
 T97  Andrew Weir           Scotland                78-76--154 +14 
 T97  Chase Lindsey         Oklahoma City, OK       78-76--154 +14 
 T101 Ethan Tracy           Charlotte, NC           75-80--155 +15 
 T101 William (a) Herring   Lillington, NC          73-82--155 +15 
 T101 Thomas Buran          Victor, ID              79-76--155 +15 
 T101 Trey Harris           Greenville, NC          80-75--155 +15 
 T105 Michael Wade          Floyd, VA               75-81--156 +16 
 T105 Owen Blackshear       Hampton, VA             74-82--156 +16 
 T105 Brian Creghan         Radnor, PA              76-80--156 +16 
 T108 Preston Flick         Bluffton, SC            82-75--157 +17 
 T108 Jong suk Oh           Skokie, IL              79-78--157 +17 
 T110 Joe Covington         Reston, VA              81-77--158 +18 
 T110 Dustin Groves         Raleigh, NC             76-82--158 +18 
 T110 R. Scott Pugh         Harrisburg, PA          80-78--158 +18 
 T110 Tyler Goulding        Hermosa Beach, CA       78-80--158 +18 
 114  Marc Cohen            Charlotte, NC           78-81--159 +19 
 T115 Thomas Joiner         Tallahassee, FL         82-78--160 +20 
 T115 Dusty Roberts         Reidsville, NC          77-83--160 +20 
 117  Jeffrey (a) Wise      Charlotte, NC           85-76--161 +21 
 118  Griffith Hunter       Radford, VA             83-83--166 +26 
 119  Trevor Sahn           Bronxville, NY          88-81--169 +29 
 120  Jerome Ponniah        London, England         84-88--172 +32 
 121  Ryan O'Donnell        Newtown Square, PA      88-87--175 +35 
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