Top Seeds advance in Long Beach Match Play
LONG BEACH, CA (June 7,2015) - - It was a little less crowded at Skylinks Golf Course in Long Beach, as the field went from 64 on Saturday to 32 on Sunday. There are 36 holes scheduled for today.
After the first round of the day, top-seeded Austin Amaya continued his winning ways with a 4 and 3 victory over #33-seed Byron Smith. Third seed Andrew Levitt, after a 5 and 3 win yesterday, beat #30-seed Shane Corr Favinger, 3 and 2.
With the nos. 2, 4, and 6 seeds eliminated on day one, players are looking to take advantage of these openings. Of the remaining top-ten seeds, only two ended the day with their tickets punched to the next round. #5-seed Torey Edwards escaped with a 19-hole victory over #37-seed Nick Mendoza, and #8-seed Lyle Upali Desilva upended Ryan O’Connor, 5 and 3.
Seventh-seeded Jonathan Young lost in 21 holes to Matthew Depalma, while #9-seed William Wells lost in 19 holes to #41-seed Kyle Haas.18 holes are now complete for the day, with another 18 to play. Stay tuned for further results.
ABOUT THE LONG BEACH MATCH PLAYThe 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.