AUSTIN, Texas (May 31, 2013) -- At Avery Ranch, Round-of-32 matches started at 7:30 AM with the qualifying round medalist and 1st seed, Tyler Thomas, pitted against a survivor of the qualifying round playoff and 32nd seed, Bryan Neuhaus. Thomas continued his great play early, winning four of the first seven holes, and went on to win the match 6 and 4.
The third match of the morning featured Blake Pugh of Southlake and Patrick Halden of Fort Worth. Pugh immediately took a commanding 4-up lead, making birdie on his first four holes. With six birdies in the ten-hole match, Pugh closed out Halden 9 and 8.
Christopher Wheeler of Addison, and Joshua Aguilar of Round Rock had different plans for their match. The players took turns with the lead before finishing the 18th hole all square. The two continued on to the first tee and proceeded to match pars on the 19th, 20th, and 21st holes. On the 22nd hole, Wheeler made par to win the match and move on to the next round. Winners of the morning matches had time to grab lunch and warm up before heading back out onto the course for the Round of 16 matches which started at 1:00 PM. In the second match of the afternoon, the consistent play of Zander Winston proved too much for Blake Pugh. Winston took the lead at the 7th and never looked back, closing out the match 4 and 2.
In similar fashion, James Glenn of Houston took the lead in his match against Logan Philley of Robert Lee and never gave it back. Glenn would go on to lead the match 6-up at one point before closing out Philley, 4 and 3. Two other matches were forced to go extra holes but ended on the 19th when David Cha and Lance Ester each made birdies on the first extra hole to claim a spot in Saturday’s Quarterfinals. Quarterfinals matches are set to take place Saturday morning at 7:30 AM off of the first tee at Avery Ranch Golf Club. Semifinal matches will start that afternoon at 12:00 PM.