US Amateur Day Two of Match Play: whom to continue watching
The twins are, coincidentally, both out of the tournament. The Fathauer boys got knocked out, coincidentally, on the 17th hole. One lost, 3 and 1; the other, 2 and 1. The parents are still trying to determine which was which.
The Euro Walker Cup guys won two and lost two. The bigger names, Rhys Davies and Lloyd Saltman, both lost. Davies fell to the Flying Finn, Antti Ahokas, while Saltman was dropped by some kid named Tway (more on him later.) The lesser knowns, Oliver Twist (err, I mean Oliver Fisher) and Richie Ramsay, moved on. There will be no Brit Am-US Am double in 2006, as Julien Guerrier went out in round one, at the hands of the unstoppable Joseph Bramlett.
As far as the old guys/mid ams, Skip Berkmeyer ran into the Jon Moore buzz saw that won the NCAA last june. Bye-bye, Skip, 6 and 5 on the 13th green. Other college names that won were Jon McLean, Webb Simpson, Billy Horschel, Pablo Martin, and soon-to-be-Okie-State-Cowboys Kevin Tway and
Trip Kuehne, Luke Bakke and Mark Strickland, all beyond 25 years of age, continue to carry the mid-amateur banner into round two. in addition to Birkmeyer’s defeat, mid-am Todd Mitchell lost to Simpson in round one.
The biggest victories in round one were 7 and 5 by McLean, 6 and 5 by Moore and Jon Hodge, while the slimmest margins were 21 holes by Martin and Ryan Posey, and 19 holes by Bakke.
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