LAS VEGAS, Nev. — In a battle of two UNLV Running Rebels, it was the current collegiate golfer defeating the former collegiate golfer 3-and-1 in Wednesday's 36-hole final at the Nevada State Match Play Championship.
AJ McInerney, a soon-to-be senior at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas from Henderson, fended off a comeback attempt from former UNLV Rebel, and former PGA Tour player Ed Fryatt. McInerney, the 14-seed, and Fryatt, the tournament's top-seed, didn't have much action during Wednesday morning's 18 at TPC Las Vegas, where 14 of the 18 holes were halved.
The players turned at all-square before Fryatt took his first lead of the day with a par on the 1st hole. However, McInerney made three birdies in a span of five holes, beginning on the par-4 6th to go 4-up with eight to play.
Fryatt did not let up, winning the 13th and 14th hole to make his deficit two, but McInerney closed out his victory at the par-4 17th with his seventh birdie of the day.
Fryatt, 44 and originally from England, has six career professional wins to his name, with four of them coming on the Asian Tour from 1996 to 1998. He recently reinstated himself as an amateur, competing at this year's Pacific Coast Amateur and tying for 23rd place at Eugene Country Club.
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