Friday, June 19, 2009

High Point's Weaver states his case

High Point's Drew Weaver wants to make a point to the committee choosing the United States Walker Cup team this fall.

He got its attention -- and everyone else's -- when he was among the U.S. Open's early leaders after posting a 1-under 69 at rain-soaked Bethpage Black.

Weaver won the 2007 British Amateur championship but was not included on the prestigious Walker Cup team that fall. After graduating Virginia Tech this spring, Weaver said he's remaining amateur this summer in an effort to make the team, which will play the Great Britain and Ireland team at Merion in September.

"It's a huge motivation," Weaver said.

After playing almost 11 holes before play was called due to heavy rain Thursday, Weaver started well Friday, holing a 12-foot par putt at the 12th. From there, he birdied three of his last six holes.

"I'm feeling like everything is finally coming together," said Weaver, who has been working with putting expert Mike Shannon in recent months to solve his struggles on the greens.

Weaver was among the early finishers in the second round. Ben Martin, a rising senior at Clemson, was leading the tournament at 2-under par through 13 holes while Tiger Woods was struggling at 3-over through 17 holes.

Tournament officials expect to complete the first round this afternoon and begin the second round. The weather forecast, however, continues to worsen with an 80 percent chance of heavy rain expected to further delay the event on Saturday.