WOODSTOCK, GA (July 13, 2016) -- Sean Murphy of Decatur posted a 4-under score in round two of stroke play qualifying to finish at 6-under-par 134 (68-66) and earned medalist honors and the top seed in match play at the Centennial Georgia Amateur Championship. The stroke play portion of this year's state championship took place at the Crabapple Course of Capital City Club, July 12-13.
The match play bracket has been set and the top 32 players from the 36-hole stroke play qualifier will head to the Brookhaven Course in Atlanta for match play. The top seed Murphy will square off against 32-seed Brandon Price of Talking Rock in the round of 32.
Joining Murphy as the top finishers of stroke play include Steven Fisk of Stockbridge at 5-under-par 135 (63-72). Two players finished at 4-under-par 136, including Tyler Joiner of Leesburg (67-69) and Benjamin Shipp of Duluth (66-70).
The defending champion, Dru Love of St. Simons Island, finished stroke play at 3-under-par 137 (69-68). Other past champions of the Georgia Amateur Championship to advance to match play include Robert Mize of Columbus and David Denham of Athens. Mize, who won the state championship in 2014, finished the stroke play qualifier at even-par 140 (68-72) and earned the 20-seed. Denham, winner of the Georgia Amateur in 2004, posted a 1-over-par 141 (69-72) and is the 29-seed.
At the end of the 36-holes of stroke play, 12 players were tied at 1-over-par 141, so a playoff was needed to determine the final nine spots to advance to match play. Those players include Rob VanGorder, Jr., of Acworth (72-69), David Sullivan of Woodstock (72-69), Austin Weathington of Atlanta (72-69), Carson Spears of Augusta (71-70), Nickolaus Budd of Woodstock (70-71), Matthew Swan of Atlanta (70-71), David Noll, Jr., of Dalton (70-71), David Denham of Athens (69-72), Brandon Price of Talking Rock (69-72), Charles Huntzinger of Duluth (69-72), Christian Raynor of Kennesaw (69-72) and Michael Hines of Woodstock (68-73).
After the first playoff hole (#1), Hines, Budd and Sullivan clinched spots to match play. The remaining players continued on to the second extra hole (#2), where all eight players left competing made par. With six players remaining, the action continued on to hole three, where it was ultimately decided. When it was all said and done, Weathington, Raynor, Denham, VanGorder, Spears and Price earned spots in match play.
Matches will begin Friday with the round of 32 in the morning and the round of 16 in the afternoon. On Saturday, the quarterfinals and semifinals will be contested. Finally on Sunday, the Centennial Georgia Amateur Championship will crown a winner with the final match beginning at 9:00 a.m.
The shot of the stroke play portion of this state championship came from Jeramy Compton of Suwanee in round one. He scored a hole-in-one on the 152-yard 13th hole with a pitching wedge.
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