Hooksett's Paradis shoots 73 in first round of US Amateur

Annette Crawford
August 18, 2018

The East Tennessee State sophomore made match play after firing a two-under-par 69 at Pebble Beach Golf Links on Tuesday.

The mass of golfers will be divided into six foursomes and start at the par-3 17th hole until one of them comes out ahead of the others and wins a spot in the tournament's match play.

Thomas Lehman, son of Tom Lehman, son of 1996 British Open Championship victor, also missed the cut at 163, following an 81 at Spyglass Hill.

Williams College golfer Sam Goldenring continued his solid play in the second round of medal-play qualifying at the U.S. Amateur Championship at Pebble Beach, Calif. on Tuesday, but with the junior still on the course it looked like his effort to reach the 64-player match-play portion of the tournament was going to come up short.

Continuing an excellent summer in which he qualified for the U.S. Open, reached the semifinals of match play at the Western Amateur and posted top-10 finishes at the Porter Cup and the Players Amateur, Strafaci will aim to surpass the round of 32, where he fell previous year to Mark Lawrence of Virginia Tech on the final hole. Gagne, who found himself in a tie for 104th after 18 holes, fired a second-round tally of even par 72 to propel himself inside the cut line in a tie for 46th. Reband posted a 36-hole total of 148 (+4) to tie for 64th place and will compete on Wednesday in a 24-for-1 playoff to determine the final match play spot. The All-Atlantic Coast Conference honoree will be chasing a title won five times by Georgia Tech's legendary Bobby Jones (1924 1925, 1927, 1928, 1930), and most recently by Matt Kuchar (1997). "Coming into the match play as the No 1 seed, there's always that little bit of expectation lurking around", Hillier said.

At press time, Goldenring was 4-over par in his round after 15 holes at the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Wednesday's action will be televised on FS1 from 5-8 p.m. (EDT).

Winstead will be taking on Raul Pereda in match play at 11:40 a.m. CT on Wednesday, and Gagne will face off against Tyler Strafaci at 3:20 p.m. CT.

August 16 / usga.org / Round-of-32 matches, 12 p.m. -2 p.m.

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