[Photo courtesy of Treyburn CC]
DURHAM, N.C. (August 4, 2017) -- The top four seeds advanced through the match play Rounds-of-32 and 16 Friday at Treyburn Country Club in Durham, N.C. The quarterfinal and semifinal matches of the 8th North Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship will take place on Saturday. The 18-hole final is scheduled for Sunday morning.
Saturday AM Quarterfinal Matches:
8:00 AM ET
(1) Bryce Hendrix Raleigh, NC v. (8) Will Minton Raleigh, NC
(4) John McFadyen Fayetteville, NC v. (21) Charlie Niland Charlotte, NC
(2) Harrison Rhoades Raleigh, NC v. (27) Nicholas Lyerly Salisbury, NC
(3) Eric Bae Pinehurst, NC v. (10) Will Stewart Charlotte, NC
Stroke play medalist and No. 1 seed Bryce Hendrix of Raleigh began match play against Zack Swanson of Waxhaw, who grabbed the final spot after a five hole playoff that concluded Friday morning. Winning 5 & 4, Hendrix played the fifteen holes of the match in six-under-par. Swanson went down fighting, the opponents halved holes on Nos. 12, 13, and 14 with three consecutive birdies.
Hendrix did not let his foot off the gas in his Round-of-16 match vs. 17-seed Blake McShea of Zebulon. Again winning in 15 holes - by a margin of 5 & 3 - Hendrix converted seven birdies without making a bogey. In the 30 holes he played Friday, Hendrix was 13-under-par.
"I was hitting it pretty close today," said Hendrix, 20, a rising junior at UNC-Greensboro. "I made a lot of good putts, and just kept on cruising."
In Saturday's quarterfinal match, Hendrix with face 8 seed Will Minton of Raleigh. Minton dispatched two Treyburn Country Club members in his matches. A 20-foot birdie on No. 17 propelled him to win 3 & 1 over 59-year-old Keith Waters of Raleigh. Then in the Round-of-16, Minton toppled Stephen Lavenets of Apex 7 & 6.
No. 2 seed Harrison Rhoades of Raleigh cruised in his Round-of-32 match, winning 7 & 6 over Allen Smith of Durham. A rising junior at N.C. State, Rhoades then edged Austin Bonfiglio 1 up in the Round of 16, with the two opponents halving the final six holes.
Eric Bae of Pinehurst, the No. 3 seed, is into the quarterfinals following a pair of 4 & 3 victories. Bae, a 19-year-old rising sophomore at Wake Forest University, will face Nicholas Lyerly of Salisbury in the quarterfinals. Lyerly, 18, will play at UNC-Greensboro in the fall. Both still teenagers, they are accomplished players. Last year Lyerly became the youngest player to win the North Carolina Amateur. Bae is a two-time CGA champion and qualified to play the U.S. Amateur later this month.
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ABOUT THE North Carolina Amateur Match Play
Open to any male amateur golfer 13 and older. Must
a resident of North Carolina and a member of a CGA
club with an index no greater than 7.4. Sectional
qualifying is required for those who do not meet the
exemption criteria. Format consists of 36 holes of
stroke play qualifying followed by a cut to the low 32
players for match play.
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