West Advances to Match Play at U.S. Amateur

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West Advances to Match Play at U.S. Amateur

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — On Tuesday at the U.S. Amateur Golf Championship, LSU sophomore Heath West shot even-par 70 for the second straight day to finish in a 13-way tie for 15th place after two rounds of stroke play and advance to the 64-player match-play tournament that begins Wednesday at the South Course at Oakland Hills Country Club.

West’s total of 140 was five stokes behind Bill Haas, the 20-year-old son of PGA Tour pro Jay Haas, who shot a 2-under-par 68 on Tuesday to earn the 36-hole medalist honors. Haas, from Greer, S.C., finished with a 5-under-par total of 135, two strokes better than five others.

At 7:40 a.m. CDT, West will take on Jason Powell of Loudon, Tenn., who shot 1-over 141 in stroke play. Powell, a three-year letterwinner at the University of Tennessee, completed his eligibility with the Vols this past spring with a 74.44 stroke average.

After two days of stroke play at the South and North Courses at Oakland Hills for 312 golfers, the cut was made at 3-over-par 143, with 17 players in a playoff for the final 13 spots in the match play field. The playoff will continue Wednesday at 8:00 a.m., with four players remaining for two spots.

LSU senior John Humphries failed to make the cut, shotting a two-round total of 13-over 153 (76-77) to finish in a tie for 226th place.

The Championship runs through Sunday’s 36-hole final match, with the winner earning a spot in next year’s U.S. Open.

Pairings and starting times for the first round of match play at the U.S. Amateur Championship, being played at the 6,988-yard, par-70 Oakland Hills Country Club (South Course). All times Eastern:

8:00 am Greg Kennedy, Cumming, Ga. (141) vs. Fernando Mechereffe, Brazil (141)
8:10 am David Skinns, England (140) vs. Steve Lohmeyer, Dayton, Ohio (142)
8:20 am D.J. Trahan, Inman, S.C. (140) vs. Mark Gauley, Raleigh, N.C. (142)
8:30 am Kevin Stadler, Englewood, Colo. (138) vs. Chris Davis, Sour Lake, Tex. (143)
8:40 am Heath West, Dothan, Ala. (140) vs. Jason Powell, Loudon, Tenn. (141)
8:50 am Joe Affrunti, Crystal Lake, Ill. (138) vs. Derek Berg, Duvall, Wash. (143)
9:00 am John Klauk, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (140) vs. Brendon Todd, Cary, N.C. (141)
9:10 am Anthony Kim, La Quinta, Calif. (137) vs. Charlie Beljan, Mesa, Ariz. (143)
9:20 am Spencer Levin, Elk Grove, Calif. (141) vs. Russ Cunningham, Dewitt, Mich. (141)
9:30 am Zach Atkinson, Coppell, Tex. (139) vs. Brad Morris, Clay City, Ky. (143)
9:40 am Aaron Byers, Albany, Ore. (140) vs. Chris Botsford, Pasadena, Calif. (142)
9:50 am Ricky Barnes, Stockton, Calif. (137) vs. Brett Stegmaier, Madison, Conn. (143)
10:00 am Kirk Satterfield, Bluefield, W.Va. (141) vs. Daniel Summerhays, Farmington, Utah (141)
10:10 am Julien Trudeau, Canada (139) vs. Dee Green, Houston, Tex. (143)
10:20 am Braxton Wynns, Buies Creek, N.C. (140) vs. Brett Foulds, Escondido, Calif. (142)
10:30 am Brent Wanner, Brewster, Mass. (141) vs. Hunter Mahan, McKinney, Tex. (141)
10:40 am Conner Robbins, Bremerton, Wash. (140) vs. Jeremy Lyons, Glenwood City, Wis. (142)
10:50 am Chris Noel, Tulsa, Okla. (140) vs. Aaron Watkins, Mesa, Ariz. (142)
11:00 am J J Jakovac, Napa, Calif. (138) vs. Steve Johnson, Signal Mountain, Tenn. (143)
11:10 am Henry Liaw, Rowland Heights, Calif. (140) vs. Chen-Chih Chiang, Chinese Taipei (141)
11:20 am Reid Hatley, Spokane, Wash. (139) vs. Matt Bettencourt, Modesto, Calif. (143)
11:30 am Taichiro Kiyota, Japan (140) vs. Seth Porter, Hastings, Nebr. (142)
11:40 am David Miller, Daphne, Ala. (137) vs. Robert Godfrey, Clemson, S.C. (143)
11:50 am Jeff Nielson, Gresham, Ore. (141) vs. Ryan Moore, Puyallup, Wash. (141)
12:00 pm Chris Nallen, Hackettstown, N.J. (139) vs. Bruce McDonald, Zimbabwe (142)
12:10 pm Camilo Benedetti, Colombia (140) vs. Ryan McDonald, Rocklin, Calif. (142)
12:20 pm Dustin Bray, Asheboro, N.C. (137) vs. Scott Harrington, Portland, Ore. (143)
12:30 pm Jerry Courville, Milford, Conn. (140) vs. John Ellis, San Jose, Calif. (141)
12:40 pm Camilo Villegas, Colombia (139) vs. Adam Walicki, Jackson, Mich. (143)
12:50 pm Jason Gerken, Logan, Ohio (140) vs. Peter Tomasulo, Long Beach, Calif. (142)
1:00 pm John Merrick, Long Beach, Calif. (137) vs. TBD (143)
1:10 pm Bill Haas, Greer, S.C. (135) vs. TBD (143)