The Long Beach Match Play Championship got underway today at Skylinks Golf Course of Long Beach, a 6,909-yard par 72 championship course designed by leading golf course architect Cal Olson.
Top-seeded Austin Amaya, defeated #64-seed Conner Whitcomb, 3 and 1, while the 63rd-seed Darren Saqui gave second-seeded Matt Murphy all he could handle, beating Murphy on the 19th hole of the match.
Third-seed Andrew Levitt enjoyed a nice win for the day, beating #62-seed Matt Lutz 5 and 3, but the 4th seeded Cole Young had a tough time with #61 seed Johnny Hyun, who handed Young a defeat, 5 and 4.
Two matches will be played on Sunday, June 7 after today’s cut. There will be two matches again played on June 13th, with a final 36 holes on June 14th to determine the 2015 Champion.
ABOUT THE LONG BEACH MATCH PLAY
The Long Beach Match Play is part of the Long Beach Golf Festival (LBGF). The LBGF is an annual series of golf tournaments presented by the City of Long Beach and American Golf Corporation. They include tournaments for amateurs, professionals, men, women, and juniors. There are both stroke- and match-play events. In 2014 there were 1,482 golfers from all over the United States and many foreign countries.
The culmination of the LBGF is the $165,000 Long Beach Open. This four-day tournament annually includes many of the top young professionals among its 312-player field. Several past winners have gone on to success on the PGA Tour, including Paul Goydos, Scott McCarren, Dennis Paulson, and Bob Burns.