JOHNS CREEK, Ga. --- Brad Hondros of Atlanta and Tevis Upton of Acworth each fired a 3-under-par 67 in the stroke play qualifying round of the Atlanta Amateur Match Play Championship to earn co-medalist honors. David Noll, Jr., of Dalton, the defending champion, earned an exemption from winning a year ago and is the top seed when match play begins on Friday at Rivermont Golf and Country Club.
At the end of the 18-hole round of stroke play, three players were tied for 30th at 5-over-par 75, so a playoff was needed to determine the final two spots for match play. Replaying the 404-yard par 4 18th hole, Alvaro Gallego-Mas of Duluth made a birdie, Danny Nelson of Savannah made par and Barry Reading of Newnan made a bogey, so Gallego-Mas and Nelson advanced to match play.
Upton also turned in the shot of the day when he posted a hole-in-one on the 200-yard par 3 17th hole.
The 95th Atlanta Amateur Match Play Championship was open to male amateur golfers who are GSGA members and the field consists of those with the lowest USGA Handicap Indexes. The format is 18 holes of stroke play qualifying with the low 31 and defending champion advancing to single-elimination match play.
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