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Maine Match Play: Down to semifinals

MANCHESTER, Maine (Aug. 10, 2011) --Day two of the Match Play Championship at Augusta Country Club, brought steady rain showers for both rounds of scheduled matches. The early "Round of 16" saw some much tighter matches than on day one.

The first match of the day between past Maine High School co-champions Ryan Gay and Chris Hamel went to 18 holes with Maine Amateur champion Gay prevailing 1-up when Hamel hit his tee shot wide right and had to play down the 10th fairway to find a clear shot to the green.

A later match between Joe Alvarez and David Gushee, who had also been in the three way tie for the Maine High School championship with Gay and Hamel, finished in pouring rain with Alvarez prevailing in 19 holes.

A light rain continued as the afternoon quarter-final matches got underway, with a rematch between Augusta home clubbers Ryan Gay and Mark Plummer. The results were different this year with Gay getting his revenge and besting Plummer 2&1.

The second match of the afternoon saw a see-saw battle between Eric Crouse and Ricky Jones. The match was all square going into 18 with both players hitting their tee shots right. After punching out to the left side rough both players left their approach shots short, with Jones ending up on the slope leading up to the right side of the green and Crouse leaving himself a tough greenside bunker shot. Jones was able to get up and down, but Crouse could not match it, and a long day of playing in the rain was over for both players.

Brian Bilodeau continued his torrid play shooting 30 on the front nine and ultimately prevailing over Mike Doran 3&2. The last match to finish the day saw Joe Avarez coming back from being 4 down after seven to catch opponent Matt Greenleaf and square the match after 16. Alvarez had a chance to close Greenleaf out but missed a 3 foot putt to send his second match of the day to extra holes. This time his tournament came to an end when Greenleaf drained a 25 foot birdie putt on the 19th hole and Alvarez could not match.

Tomorrow, the semi-finals get under way at 8:00 am with Gay and Jones in the first match and Greenleaf and Bilodeau following. Hopefully the weather will improve and the fans will be treated to more exciting play.

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