Thursday, August 14, 2014


U.S. Amateur: Round of 32 Round-up

Georgia Tech senior Ollie Schniederjans had plenty of local supporters following his Round-of-32 match with Sam Burns on Thursday morning, which he won in 20 holes. (USGA/John Mummert)
By Stuart Hall, Dave Shedloski and Scott Lipsky
JOHNS CREEK, Georgia— The Round of 32 is complete at the 2014 U.S. Amateur, and the following are some highlights from an action-packed Thursday morning at Atlanta Athletic Club:

Mullen Goes The (Extra) Distance
Jimmy Mullen - the only Englishman to survive the first round of the match-play - didn’t have much time to rest between his Round-of-32 victory over Justin Tereshko and his Round-of-16 meeting with Frederick Wedel. 

That’s not uncommon on a double-round competition day, but Mullen had to put even more work in on Thursday morning – 23 holes, to be exact.
Neither player led by more than one hole in a match that included no halves from the 13th hole forward in regulation. Tereshko had chances to advance, missing a birdie try from about 15 feet on No. 18 and a 9-footer for par on the 19th hole. 
An errant drive led to bogey on the par-5 fifth hole, the match’s 23rd, and would prove to be Tereshko’s undoing, as Mullen hit his third shot from a greenside bunker to about 4 feet, essentially ending the match.
“It seemed like none of us wanted to win it in the extra holes, like we were just waiting for the other one to slip up,” Mullen said afterward of easily the longest match he can ever recall playing. “I’ll take any sort of win I can get.”
LATER NEWS: Mullen lost by 2 and 1.

APL Champ Rolls On
Byron Meth is beginning to enjoy the efficiency of match play. A day after a 6-and-5 opening-round win, Meth, 21, of San Diego, Calif., dispatched Trevor Phillips, 16, of Inman, S.C., 5 and 4. 

Meth, who won the final U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship last month, faces four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Nathan Smith in Thursday afternoon’s round of 16.

Smith's Game Is Keeping Pace
At age 36,Nathan Smith is one of the older players in this week’s U.S. Amateur Championship field. His game, though, has never looked younger.

Smith, of Pittsburgh, defeated Brandon McIver, 20, of Billings, Montana., 4 and 3 to advance to the championship’s Round of 16 for only the second time in 14 U.S. Amateur starts.

Sigh of Relief for Schniederjans
Oliver Schniederjans of Powder Springs, Georgia, led Sam Burns, three up with four holes to play Thursday morning, but an hour later, Burns had a birdie putt on the 19th hole to eliminate the world’s No. 1 amateur player.

Burns missed, and when Schniederjans made par on the 20th hole to Burns’ bogey, the Georgia Tech senior had escaped into the Round of 16.
Schniederjans said he learned a valuable lesson about thinking clearly and playing more slowly under pressure. .”



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