Three S.C. players in match play

08/13/2014 12:49 AM

08/13/2014 12:50 AM

Three South Carolina players qualified for match play in the U.S. Amateur on Tuesday, and two more could join the elite 64 after a playoff Wednesday for the final four positions at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga.

The “old man” of the Palmetto State contingent, 46-year-old high school instructor Todd White (Spartanburg), made it, and the “young pup,” high school junior Trevor Phillips did, too. They will be joined by Matt NeSmith, the No. 1 player at USC.

Caleb Sturgeon, another member of the Gamecocks squad, and Zach Seabolt, Big South freshman of the year for Winthrop, will be in the massive playoff – 17 players for four spots in match play – that begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

White, NeSmith and Phillips each recorded 1-over 144 in two rounds.

Sturgeon and Seabolt finished at 2-over 145 to keep their hopes alive.

Ben Fogler (Elgin/Vanderbilt) and Thomas Bradshaw (Columbia/Clemson) fell two shots short of the playoff with 147s.

The other state players: Will Murphy (Columbia/USC) posted a 150, followed by JD Lehman (Bluffton/Louisville) at 151, Andrew Dorn (Coastal Carolina) and Preston Cole (Greer/Furman) at 154, Andrew Ward (York/USC Aiken) at 156 and Blake Kennedy (Campobello/Clemson) at 158.

White followed his 1-over 73 Monday on the Riverside Course with an even–par 71 on Highlands. Phillips (Inman) had a 2-over 73 Monday on Highlands and a 1-under 71 on Riverside in the second round. NeSmith (North Augusta/USC) rebounded from 3-over 75 Monday on Riverside with a 2-under 69 on Highlands on Tuesday.

NeSmith carded five birdies and three bogeys Tuesday.

In Wednesday’s matches on the Highlands Course, Phillips faces Guillermo Pereia (Chile) at 9:10 a.m; White goes against Jimmy Mullen (England) at 9:30; and NeSmith will play Sam Burns (Shreveport, La.) at 10:40.

Lee McCoy (Clarkesville, Ga.) and Tyler Moore (Edmond, Okla.) shared medalist honors at 8-under 135.

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