Ben Greve followed a morning round of 6-under-par 66 with a 2-over 74 in the afternoon, capturing medalist honors Monday at a sectional qualifier at Olympic Hills Golf Club and earning a berth in the U.S. Amateur next month at Pebble Beach.
“I played really well for 29 holes today. I hit it great early just like yesterday at the State Open, but didn’t get much out of my round there,” Greve said. “Today I putted well early on, and I think I missed one green this morning.
“Pebble Beach will be a lot of fun—I’ve been there and never played, so it should be special.”
Greve, a former Gophers golfer, tied for third at the State Open after a double-bogey on the final hole. He will be joined at Pebble Beach by Minnesotans Parker Reddig and Ben Sigel, who both finished the 36-hole qualifier at 1-under par 143.
Munneke leads Women’s Amateur
Megan Munneke, a Champlin Park alumnus who will play at collegiately for South Dakota, shot a 2-under par 72, good for a one-stroke lead after the first round of the MGA Women’s Amateur at White Bear Yacht Club.
Three players are tied for second, including Sophia Yoemans, who shots a state-record 15-under 129 in winning the Class 2A championship for Red Wing in June. Alexa Hanson and Natalie Roth also shot 73s.
Gophers promote McDevitt
Volunteer pitching coach Ty McDevitt was promoted to fill the Gophers’ vacant assistant coaching position left by the retired Rob Fornasiere, coach John Anderson announced.
McDevitt’s elevation comes after two seasons as a volunteer coach where he returned to his alma mater after a four-year pitching career for the Gophers.
“Over the last seven years, I have been able to observe the outstanding work of Ty as a student-athlete and volunteer coach, and the results have been impressive,” Anderson said.