Matt NeSmith Advances to Match Play at US Amateur Championship

JOHNS CREEK, GA August 12, 2014 — South Carolina junior Matt NeSmith clinched a spot in match play at the 114th U.S. Amateur Championship on Tuesday after firing a 2-under 69 at the Atlanta Athletic Club’s Highlands Course in the final round of stroke play.

Matt NeSmith South Carolina Gamecocks men's golf

Matt NeSmith
South Carolina Gamecocks men’s golf

NeSmith wrapped up stroke play tied for 43rd with a 36-hole total of 144 (+1) to become one of 64 golfers to advance to match play. He is seeded 60th and will face No. 5 seed Sam Burns of Shreveport, La., on Wednesday at 10:40 a.m.

The final four spots in match play are still up for grabs, and Gamecock senior Caleb Sturgeon is one of 17 golfers who will play in a playoff for those spots on Wednesday. The playoff will begin at 8 a.m. and will take place on the first, eighth and ninth holes of the Riverside Course. Sturgeon posted a 71 (-1) on Tuesday to finish tied for 61st with a total of 145 (+2).

A native of North Augusta, S.C., NeSmith carded a bogey-free 35 (-1) on his front nine before playing through an up and down back nine. He birdied three of his first five holes on the back side but then made back-to-back bogeys to fall close to the cut line. However, he birdied the par-4 eighth and made par on No. 9 to secure a spot in the round of 64.

Sturgeon, a native of Laurens, S.C., recorded just one bogey on the day and came into the clubhouse playing his best golf, posting a bogey-free 34 (-2) on the back nine.

Carolina senior Will Murphy turned in a round of 77 (+5) to miss the cut with a total of 150 (+7).

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