SAN ANTONIO, Texas (July 25, 2013) -- Play began Thursday at Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio for the 2013 Mid-Amateur Match Play Championship. Day one brought the qualifying round with players vying for one of 32 positions moving into the match play portion of the event. The fast greens and warm temperatures at Oak Hills were sure to make it an exciting day.
Clarke Kincaid of Trophy Club set the pace early going off in the second group of the day. Clarke started on the front nine and made a quick bogey on the second hole but was able to get it back with a birdie on the sixth hole to shoot even-par on the front side. He would go on to make another birdie at the par-5, 10th hole, then finished his back side with 8 straight pars to shoot a 1-under par round of 70 and take the lead in the clubhouse. Shortly thereafter, Oak Hills Country Club member, Zan Terry, returned his scorecard and joined Kincaid atop the leaderboard at 1-under par. Terry’s round started on the back nine where he opened with birdies on 14 and 17 to turn in 2-under par. On the front side, Terry made three bogeys but added two more birdies to finish at 1-under par. Clarke Kincaid and Zan Terry will share the medalist honors for the qualifying round but the #1 seed will be given to Kincaid since he was the first player the post the low round.
Aaron Hickman and Bobby Baugh finished tied for third, one shot back at even-par for the qualifying round. Hickman’s round included three birdies and three bogeys and Baugh managed 5 birdies to go along with three bogeys and a double bogey. Mark Macejewski and Ron Kilby each finished two shots back of the leaders at 1-over par, 72.
At the end of the day, there were eight players left tied for the last three spots at 7-over par, 78, confirming those with rounds of 77 or better spots in the match play bracket. With only 32 spots available, a sudden-death playoff was needed to determine the final match play participants. The eight players were split into two groups of four and returned to the difficult par-3, 18th. In the first group, Chris Germann and Kip Estep managed pars with Trey Wilkinson and Trent Brown making bogeys. In the second group, Jed Shreve made a rare birdie while Bob Kearney, Bill Odom, and Chris Payne made bogeys. One playoff hole was all that was needed with Jed Shreve, Chris Germann, and Kip Estep filling in the final three spots going into match play on Friday morning.