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Two-time Defending champ Out, QF Set at Atlanta Match Play
Chad Branton upset the two-time defending champion on Friday <br>(GSGA Photo)
Chad Branton upset the two-time defending champion on Friday
(GSGA Photo)

ALPHARETTA, GA (October 5, 2018) - With two rounds of match play in the books, the quarterfinals are now set at the Atlanta Amateur Match Play Championship. The 100th playing of the Atlanta Amateur Match Play Championship is taking place at Echelon Golf Club, October 4-7.

Chad Branton of Cartersville won both his matches on Friday. In the round of 32, he beat Mel Mendenhall of Marietta (1 up) and upset two-time defending champion, Stan Gann in the round of 16 (4 and 3).

Bob Royak of Alpharetta was dominant throughout the day defeating Morgan Campbell of Atlanta in the round of 32 and edging out Tevis Upton of Acworth (1 up) in the afternoon.

Matthew Hayes of Marietta had two convincing victories on his way to the quarterfinals. He ousted Phillip Webb of Woodstock (5 and 3) and Harrison Mink of Johns Creek (4 & 2).

Robert Ghirardini of Atlanta survived two closely contested matches. In the morning he went (20 holes) with Larry Harris of Lilburn and defeated Billy Mitchell of Roswell (1 up) in the afternoon.

Preston Topper of Duluth was solid during day two of the championship win wins over David Ford of Dawsonville (3 & 2) and Keith Guest (1up).

Samuel Lape of Atlanta is the youngest player remaining in the field. He went the distance in the morning with Adam Walden of Wrens eventually winning (20 holes) but followed that up with a convincing victory over David Reynolds of Cumming (5 & 4).

Chris Waters of Atlanta is looking to capture his second Atlanta Amateur Match Play Championship. He defeated James Krone (5 & 4) and four-time Atlanta Amateur Match Play Champion, David Noll, Jr. (1 up).

Nathaniel Rau had a solid victory in the morning over reigning Georgia Mid-Amateur Champion Taylor Smith of Covington (6 & 5) and another big win over Todd Hilton of Dawson (5 & 4).

The quarterfinals gets underway Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m.

ABOUT THE Atlanta Amateur Match Play

Entries: Open to male amateur golfers

Field: 120 players with the lowest USGA Handicap Indexes

Format: Match play preceded by 18-hole stroke play qualifying. Low 31 and defending champion advance to match play.

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