Maryland Amateur Championship moves onto Final Match
Connor Flach <br>(Photo by Loyola Golf Coach Chris Baloga)</br>
Connor Flach
(Photo by Loyola Golf Coach Chris Baloga)

BALTIMORE, MD (June 11, 2016) -- Tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. local time No. 24 Connor Flach will take on No. 30 Tyler Herriott in the 36-hole Maryland Amateur championship match. Both players have won four matches thus far at The Elkridge Club, including two during a 36-hole Saturday.

Flach, a senior at Loyola, moved onto the finals after a 3&2 quarterfinal win over his head coach, No. 17 Chris Baloga and a 1 up semifinal victory against former college teammate No. 4 Bart George.

In his quarterfinal match everything was all-square after 10 holes but Flach was able to create the separation he needed with wins on holes 11 and 12. During the afternoon semifinal match against George, Flach took a 2 up lead after 16 holes before holding on to win on the 18th.

Flach's opponent, Herriott had a stressful day at the office. In his quarterfinal match against No. 22 Mike Stackus, Herriott opened a 5 up lead after 11 holes only to see the advantage dwindled down to one after the 16th. However, Herriott was able to right the ship and earn halves on the final two holes and win the match 1 up.

In the semifinals against No. 2 Dan Falls a late rally pushed Herriott through to the finals. The match was all-square through 16 holes and neither player had won two holes in a row until, Herriott won the final two holes to close the match out 2 up.

U.S. Amateur Four-Ball finalist Ben Warnquist earned medalist honors before being knocked out in the Round of 16 on Friday.

ABOUT THE Maryland State Amateur

This tournament is open to male amateurs who are residents of Maryland or members of member clubs of the MSGA with an up-to-date USGA index at that club. 18 hole qualifying rounds will be held for those who do not meet exemption criteria. 18 holes of stroke play will determine the match play field of 32, with the defending champion automatically qualifying unless he elects to compete for the Medalist prize.

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