A four hour, 23-for-8 playoff at the U.S. Amateur
Franklin Huang was among those to survive the Wednesday morning playoff <br>(USGA Photo)
Franklin Huang was among those to survive the Wednesday morning playoff
(USGA Photo)

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI (August 17, 2016) -- It took just about four hours and seven holes; two shy of the all-time U.S. Amateur record but the final eight spots in the Oakland Hills Country Club Round of 64 have been determined.

The 23 man playoff began on the first playoff hole with three players quickly moving on with birdies. Included in the group were Stanford junior Franklin Huang, Vanderbilt junior William Gordon and recent Houston graduate Blair Hamilton.

An additional four players advanced on the second playoff hole, the 11th. Oklahoma State commit Matthew Wolff, Pepperdine sophomore Sahith Theegala, recent Stanford graduate David Boote and Englishman Bradley Moore all moved on with birdie three's.

The final spot however proved to be much more difficult to determine. With eight eight players remaining the group played the third extra hole where another two players were eliminated. All six players left parred the fourth playoff hole before Stanford senior Maverick McNealy and two others fell on the fifth extra hole.

McNealy had a chance to end the playoff on No. 11, the second hole of the day, but his four-foot birdie putt lipped out.

The remaining three of Scott Harvey, Stewart Hagestad and Kent State junior Ian Holt pressed on to the sixth playoff hole and after a round of pars moved onto the seventh where Harvey was able to win with a par.


-Matt Gilchrest (First Playoff Hole)
-Sammy Schmitz (Second Playoff Hole)
-Taylor Funk (Fifth Playoff Hole)
-Maverick McNealy (Fifth Playoff Hole)
-Stewart Hagestad (Seventh Playoff Hole)

-The Golf Channel contributed to this story

Results: U.S. Amateur
WinAustraliaCurtis LuckAustralia2000
Runner-upTXBrad DalkeMcKinney, TX1500
SemifinalsMINick CarlsonHamilton, MI1000
SemifinalsCAJonah TexeiraPorter Ranch, CA1000
QuarterfinalsINDylan MeyerEvansville, IN700

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ABOUT THE U.S. Amateur

The U.S. Amateur, the oldest USGA championship, was first played in 1895 at Newport Golf Club in Rhode Island. The event, which has no age restriction, is open to those with a Handicap Index of 2.4 or lower. It is one of 14 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs. It is the pre-eminent amateur competition in the world. Applications are typically placed online in the spring at www.usga.org.

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