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August 13, 2014

Three S.C. players in match play

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.

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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