Blythewood, SC: It was a tough day for the lower seeds on the first day of the SC Match-Play Championship. The medalist, Walt Todd Jr. of Laurens, battled his cousin Thomas Todd before finally winning the match on the 19th hole with a birdie. His second round match against Parker Allen did not end as well. A three putt bogey on the par five 18th gave Allen a 1 up victory.
Three time SC Match-Play champion Todd White of Spartanburg lost a first round match for the first time in twelve appearances. “If you go 13 holes without a birdie you’re probably not going to win,” said White.
The #2 seed, Taylor Zoller of North Charleston also exited in the round of 16 at the hands of #15 seed Hayden Letien. Seeds 3 and 4 bowed out in the first round leaving 6 seed Austin Cody of North Charleston the lowest seed to make it to the round of 16.
Walter Todd Sr. carries the hopes of a win for the older crowd with victories over youngster Alan King of Columbia and not so young David Dargan of Columbia.
The tournament continues Saturday with the quarter finals in the morning at 8 am and the semifinals starting around 12:30 pm. The tournament concludes with an 18 hole final match starting at 8 am on Sunday.
This championship is one of 35 conducted by the Carolinas Golf Association.
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