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Kindel’s Pinehurst Collection is hand craftsmanship at its best

The Pinehurst Collection by Kindel Grand Rapids is literally craftsmanship of the highest order, and we are pleased every day to present some of the most beautiful furniture you will find anywhere. And it’s all emblazoned with the classic Putter Boy logo.

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Kindel Grand Rapids is an American, luxury furniture brand that includes Kindel, Karges, and Councill. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, these companies are committed to bench-made methods and hand craftsmanship and today are uniquely positioned as the preeminent source for luxury furniture made in the United States.

The Pinehurst Collection features some of Kindel’s most classically inspired designs. While all of the Pinehurst pieces are timeless, a few highlights include the Pinehurst Cocktail Table, which features a glass top of 1922 map of Donald Ross’s designs at Pinehurst, the Pinehurst Kettle Stand and the Pinehurst Caddie Lamp Table.

The Kindel Furniture brand, known for 100 percent American-made furniture, has been in operation since 1901 and in Grand Rapids since 1912. The company enjoys a reputation for superior execution, hand craftsmanship and timeless design. The brand’s many partnerships and collaborations include furniture collections with Dorothy Draper and Company, The Winterthur Museum, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Tudor Place and multiple interior designers through the Designer Artist Series including Julie Browning Bova, Robyn Branch, Mario Buatta, Dale Campbell and Eric Cohler.

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Ben Schlottman cruises in winning the 118th North & South Amateur

Ben Schlottman wins the 118th North & South Amateur.

MATCH PLAY BRACKET

By Alex Podlogar

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST – Four days ago, Ben Schlottman stood in the 18th fairway of Pinehurst No. 2. He had a 6 iron in his hand and knew he needed a birdie just to make a playoff for a berth in match play of the 118th North & South Amateur.

That 6 iron only got him to about 30 feet from the hole. But Schlottman made the long putt, punctuating the moment with a heavy and hard fist pump toward the cup.

He made the playoff, then made it to match play as the second-to-last player in the field, and just continued to grind the rest of the week, never once falling behind an opponent by more than 1 down.

Four days after he stood in the 18th fairway with that 6 iron, Schlottman found himself on the 11th green, holding his putter and staring at a 5-foot putt. And when he made that one, too, he again drove his fist toward the cup, let out a roar, and triumphantly completed a journey that almost never began by dispatching Mitchell Meissner 8&7 on Friday to win the North & South and claim the Putter Boy trophy.

“This means so much to me,” said Schlottman, who is from Advance, North Carolina. “To win such a prestigious event that carries with it so much history, and to do it with my parents here and following me, it’s something I’ll never forget.”

A veteran of numerous Donald Ross Junior Championships and North & South Junior events, Schlottman, who led Auburn to the NCAA Championship semifinals, had little trouble with Meissner on Pinehurst’s largest stage. Schlottman made a 40-foot birdie putt on the first hole, then recovered with a brilliant shot out of the bunker on the second to take a quick 2-up lead.

Schlottman led by three holes after a par on the 6th and made a dazzling approach on the 7th from the native area left of the fairway to win that hole. Meissner missed the fairway well left on the 8th hole, and though he made a nice shot from there, the ball skidded over the green and left, leaving him with a near-impossible shot.

Schlottman continued to collect pars and tally wins on each hole while Meissner’s struggles continued, and after his ball plugged in the bunker on the 9th, Meissner went to the 10th tee 6 down. The troubles only worsened from there.

“It was just one of those days,” said Meissner, who won the Texas Amateur earlier this month and leaves Rice as the program’s all-time leader in career wins. “It’s golf, and this is a course that will punish you if you put the ball in the wrong spot.”

Schlottman found some of those spots, too, over the last couple of days, but was masterful throughout at scrambling. That he closed out Meissner after getting up-and-down from about 50 yards was apropos.

Ben Schlottman pumps his fist after winning the 118th North & South Amateur on Pinehurst No. 2 on Friday. (Photo by John Patota)

“Just getting in (to match play), I knew then I only had to beat one guy at a time,” Schlottman said. “I’m a pretty competitive guy…OK, I’m a very competitive guy, and I love match play. And now we’re here.”

The Men’s North & South Amateur Championship is the longest consecutively-running amateur golf championship in the United States. Over the past century, the best amateurs in the world have vied for its coveted Putter Boy trophy. The winners now serve as legends in the game – among them Walter Travis, Francis Ouimet, Jack Nicklaus, Curtis Strange and Davis Love III – and the championship continues to draw the best in amateur golf.

118TH NORTH & SOUTH AMATEUR

Pinehurst No. 2

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

ROUND OF 32

No. 32 Brian Ohr d. No. 1 Cooper Musselman, 1up

No. 16 Ryan Gerard d. No. 17 Bryce Hendrix, 1up

No. 8 Zheng Kai Bai d. No. 25 Derek Busby, 5&4

No. 9 Zachary Bauchou d. No. 24 Evan Katz, 2up

No. 29 Patrick Cover d. No. 4 Josh Martin, 3&2

No. 13 Mitchell Meissner d. No. 20 Riley Casey, 1up

No. 5 Spencer Soosman d. No. 28 Joey Savoie, 3&1

No. 21 Joshua Gibson d. No. 12 Frankie Capan 2&1

No. 31 Ben Schlottman d. No. 2 Ben Shipp, 3&1

No. 18 Gray Townsend d. No. 15 Arthur Griffin, 1up

No. 26 Kyle Suppa d. No. 7 Ben Wong, 1up

No. 10 Ray Kraivixien d. No. 23 Blake Wagoner, 3&1

No. 30 Matt Hutchins d. No. 3 Alex Smalley, 20 Holes

No. 19 Sam Stevens d. No. 14 Jake Brown, 1up

No. 27 Jose Montano d. No. 6 Matthew Sharpstene, 2up

No. 11 Chris Yeom d. No. 22 Eric Bae, 19 Holes

ROUND OF 16

TBD

No. 16 Ryan Gerard d. No. 32 Brian Ohr, 2&1

No. 9 Zachary Bauchou d. No. 8 Zheng Kai Bai, 2&1

No. 13 Mitchell Meissner d. No. 29 Patrick Cover, 19 Holes

No. 5 Spencer Soosman d. No. 21 Joshua Gibson, 3&2

No. 31 Ben Schlottman d. No. 18 Gray Townsend, 4&3

No. 26 Kyle Suppa d. No. 10 Ray Kraivixien, 21 Holes

No. 19 Sam Stevens d. No. 30 Matt Hutchins, 4&2

No. 27 Jose Montano d. No. 11 Chris Yeom, 2&1

Thursday, June 28, 2018

QUARTERFINALS

No. 16 Ryan Gerard d. No. 9 Zachary Bauchou, 2&1

No. 13 Mitchell Meissner d. No. 5 Spencer Soosman, 4&3

No. 31 Ben Schlottman d. No. 26 Kyle Suppa, 1up

No. 27 Jose Montano d. No. 19 Sam Stevens, 1up

SEMIFINALS

No. 13 Mitchell Meissner d. No. 16 Ryan Gerard, 3&2

No. 31 Ben Schlottman d. No. 27 Jose Montano, 1up

Friday, June 29, 2018

CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

No. 31 Ben Schlottman d. No. 13 Mitchell Meissner, 8&7

 

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Meissner, Schlottman take different paths to the final of the 118th North & South Amateur

MATCH PLAY BRACKET

By Alex Podlogar

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST – Well, it’s working.

Six months ago, Rice’s top player Mitchell Meissner, played the best he could play. From tee to green, he hit the ball better than he could remember. There was just one problem.

“I missed everything,” he says. “I couldn’t make a putt.”

Frustrated, angry and feeling – dare we say it? – yippy, Meissner got a tip from his coach:

Try putting left-handed.

With a couple of left-handers on the Owls, Meissner asked to borrow their putters on the practice green. Almost immediately, something clicked.

Since then, Meissner has been on a tear. Already an accomplished player before making the drastic switch, he’s soared, becoming Rice’s all-time career winner. His run has continued through the summer, taking the Conference USA Championship before winning the Greater San Antonio Match Play in early June. Ten days ago, Meissner won the Texas Amateur, a championship that counts Ben Crenshaw, Mark Brooks, Scott Verplank and Bruce Leitzke among its past champions.

And now, after two wins on Thursday, Meissner is one match victory away from adding a Putter Boy trophy to his early summer collection. But it won’t be easy, as he will face All-SEC performer Ben Schlottman in the championship match of the 118th North & South Amateur on Friday morning on Pinehurst No. 2. (The match will be live-streamed on Pinehurst Resort’s Facebook page beginning around 8 a.m.)

“I’m pretty excited,” Meissner says. “It’s been a long few weeks, but it’s been a fun few weeks playing golf. I’ve played a lot of golf, but (No. 2) is really special. You have to be so strategic and come in with a specific gameplan, which is what I think I’m really good at.”

It helps that his mind is free again.

“Oh, I was a mental mess,” he says. “I was getting pretty nervy over 5-footers.”

It’s not that way anymore, as was evident on the 16th hole. Though he built a large lead over North Carolina’s Ryan Gerard throughout, Gerard began to apply some pressure late in the match. After his chip from the front of the green ran by 6 feet, Meissner faced a delicate putt back down the hill.

He settled comfortably over the ball, took one look at the cup and calmly rattled it in, eliminating Gerard 3 & 2.

“I’m not scared about making 6-footers anymore,” Meissner says.

Auburn’s Ben Schlottman. (Photo by Auburn Athletics)

Schlottman is anything but fearful on the golf course. While he had trouble off the tee against North Carolina senior Jose Montano, Schlottman was a master scrambler, finding ways to get up-and-down all day during his semifinal match.

That enabled Schlottman to build and keep a lead throughout the match, but when Montano made a late surge, Schlottman was able to fend him off – perhaps because he didn’t need his driver.

After trimming the deficit from three holes down to just one, Montano hit a nice shot into the par-3 15th. With the pressure on, Schlottman lofted a searing high fade with a 5 iron directly at the pin tucked in the back-right. The ball landed softly just 5 feet away, and after making the putt, Schlottman walked to the 16th tee 2-up.

But Montano won the 16th with a par – Schlottman lost his drive to the left – and after another errant drive on 18, Schlottman pulled his approach left of the green.

With Montano comfortably in the middle of the green, Schlottman deftly skidded a chip shot to a tough hole location in the back-left of the green, forcing Montano to make birdie to extend the match.

Montano’s putt lipped out, giving Schlottman, who made the match play field after surviving a 9-for-6 playoff on Tuesday, a berth in the championship match.

“It’s tough playing No. 2 for 36 holes in this heat,” Schlottman joked after the match Thursday. “Eighteen holes at 7 a.m.? That’s going to feel like a breeze.”

Still, there was work left to be done before Schlottman could call it a day.

“I’ve got to go to the range to figure out how to hit a fairway,” he said.

The Men’s North & South Amateur Championship is the longest consecutively-running amateur golf championship in the United States. Over the past century, the best amateurs in the world have vied for its coveted Putter Boy trophy. The winners now serve as legends in the game – among them Walter Travis, Francis Ouimet, Jack Nicklaus, Curtis Strange and Davis Love III – and the championship continues to draw the best in amateur golf.

The Championship’s finals will be played at 7 a.m. on Friday. Admittance to all rounds is free to the public, which is encouraged to come watch.

118TH NORTH & SOUTH AMATEUR

Pinehurst No. 2

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

ROUND OF 32

No. 32 Brian Ohr d. No. 1 Cooper Musselman, 1up

No. 16 Ryan Gerard d. No. 17 Bryce Hendrix, 1up

No. 8 Zheng Kai Bai d. No. 25 Derek Busby, 5&4

No. 9 Zachard Bauchou d. No. 24 Evan Katz, 2up

No. 29 Patrick Cover d. No. 4 Josh Martin, 3&2

No. 13 Mitchell Meissner d. No. 20 Riley Casey, 1up

No. 5 Spencer Soosman d. No. 28 Joey Savoie, 3&1

No. 21 Joshua Gibson d. No. 12 Frankie Capan 2&1

No. 31 Ben Schlottman d. No. 2 Ben Shipp, 3&1

No. 18 Gray Townsend d. No. 15 Arthur Griffin, 1up

No. 26 Kyle Suppa d. No. 7 Ben Wong, 1up

No. 10 Ray Kraivixien d. No. 23 Blake Wagoner, 3&1

No. 30 Matt Hutchins d. No. 3 Alex Smalley, 20 Holes

No. 19 Sam Stevens d. No. 14 Jake Brown, 1up

No. 27 Jose Montano d. No. 6 Matthew Sharpstene, 2up

No. 11 Chris Yeom d. No. 22 Eric Bae, 19 Holes

ROUND OF 16

TBD

No. 16 Ryan Gerard d. No. 32 Brian Ohr, 2&1

No. 9 Zachary Bauchou d. No. 8 Zheng Kai Bai, 2&1

No. 13 Mitchell Meissner d. No. 29 Patrick Cover, 19 Holes

No. 5 Spencer Soosman d. No. 21 Joshua Gibson, 3&2

No. 31 Ben Schlottman d. No. 18 Gray Townsend, 4&3

No. 26 Kyle Suppa d. No. 10 Ray Kraivixien, 21 Holes

No. 19 Sam Stevens d. No. 30 Matt Hutchins, 4&2

No. 27 Jose Montano d. No. 11 Chris Yeom, 2&1

Thursday, June 28, 2018

QUARTERFINALS

No. 16 Ryan Gerard d. No. 9 Zachary Bauchou, 2&1

No. 13 Mitchell Meissner d. No. 5 Spencer Soosman, 4&3

No. 31 Ben Schlottman d. No. 26 Kyle Suppa, 1up

No. 27 Jose Montano d. No. 19 Sam Stevens, 1up

SEMIFINALS

No. 13 Mitchell Meissner d. No. 16 Ryan Gerard, 3&2

No. 31 Ben Schlottman d. No. 27 Jose Montano, 1up

Friday, June 29, 2018

CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

No. 13 Mitchell Meissner vs. No. 31 Ben Schlottman, 7 a.m.

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Bauchou survives, reaches North & South quarterfinals as top seeds stumble

Oklahoma State’s Zach Bauchou advanced to the quarterfinals of the 118th North & South Amateur on Pinehurst No. 2. (Photo by AmateurGolf.com)

MATCH PLAY BRACKET

ROUND 1 RECAP

ROUND 2 RECAP

By Alex Podlogar

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST – Zach Bauchou has been around Pinehurst No. 2 enough to know – you don’t attack the tucked pins.

But with a 1-up lead late in a Round of 16 match of the 118th North & South Amateur, Bauchou finally saw an opportunity – even if it was from 220 yards away.

After hitting the left-center of the fairway on the 512-yard, par-4 16th hole, and with his opponent mired in the native area left of the fairway, Bauchou grabbed a 5 iron and eyed the back-center hole location on 16.

It was just benign enough.

Bauchou ripped his 5 iron, getting a nice bounce and roll, and by the time he reached a few yards short of the green, he could see why a small gallery had applauded.

“It was a gimme,” Bachou said. “You don’t get many of those on 16 of No. 2.”

Bauchou made the 3-footer and took a 2-up lead to the 17th tee, and after a par there finally vanquished a game Bobby Bai 2&1, Bauchou advanced to the quarterfinals of the storied amateur on Wednesday.

Zach Bauchou, center, celebrates with his teammates after Oklahoma State won the NCAA Championship. (Photo by OKNews)

Bauchou, who recently led Oklahoma State to the NCAA Championship, reached the final of the 2013 North & South Amateur as one of the top junior golfers in the country before falling to Andrew Dorn. Now he finds himself two more match wins away from the same berth five years later.

“There’s a lot of golf left to be played, and a lot of really good golf has to be played to get to that spot,” he said. “I can’t think about that right now. There are a lot of good golfers here.”

One of them is Ben Schlottman, an All-SEC performer at Auburn who led the Tigers to the NCAA semifinals. Schlottman has had quite the ride into the quarterfinals, needing to make a birdie on the 18th hole on Tuesday just to make the playoff for match play.

Grouped into a 9-players-for-6-spots whirlwind, Schlottman survived four extra holes to pick up the penultimate seed and advance to match play.

“Walking up the fairway, I had an idea of the scores,” he recalled. “I knew I needed to make a birdie just for the hope to make the playoff.”

He’s made it count since, beating N.C. State’s Ben Shipp, the championship’s No. 2 seed who had a tournament-low 65 on Tuesday, in the morning Round of 32. Schlottman then dispatched Gray Townsend 4&3 in the afternoon to reach the quarterfinals.

It was a rough day for most of the top seeds. For the third straight year, the medalist did not advance past the first round of match play. Last year it was U.S. Open phenom Cameron Champ – beaten by Bauchou, no less – and this year’s fate fell to Cooper Musselman, who lost 1-down to No. 32 seed Brian Ohr.

The top four seeds all lost in the Round of 32, with No. 3 seed Alex Smalley of Duke and No. 4 seed Josh Martin of North Carolina joining Musselman and Shipp. The sixth and seventh seeds also lost in the opening round Wednesday.

The top remaining seed is No. 5 Spencer Soosman, who beat Joey Savoie in the Round of 32 before knocking off former Division III NCAA Champion Joshua Gibson in the afternoon.

Mitchell Meissner, the No. 13 seed, led Pat Cover 3-up through nine holes in the Round of 16, only to fall 1-down at 15 before rallying in 19 Holes. Meissner, who plays right-handed but made the switch to putting left-handed just six months ago, is Rice’s all-time leader in career victories and won the 2018 Texas Amateur just 10 days ago.

Southern Cal’s Kyle Suppa had a chance to down Campbell’s Ray Kraivixien on 18, but three-putted. On the 21st hole, Suppa made a slick slider from about 15 feet for birdie on the 3rd hole to finally advance to the quarterfinals.

There are two possibilities of two college teammates facing each other in the final, as both Oklahoma State’s Bauchou and Sam Stevens find themselves on opposite sides of the bracket, as do North Carolina teammates Ryan Gerard and Jose Montano.

The Men’s North & South Amateur Championship is the longest consecutively-running amateur golf championship in the United States. Over the past century, the best amateurs in the world have vied for its coveted Putter Boy trophy. The winners now serve as legends in the game – among them Walter Travis, Francis Ouimet, Jack Nicklaus, Curtis Strange and Davis Love III – and the championship continues to draw the best in amateur golf.

Both the quarterfinals and semifinals will be played on Thursday.

The Championship’s finals will be played at 7 a.m. on Friday. Admittance to all rounds is free to the public, which is encouraged to come watch.

118TH NORTH & SOUTH AMATEUR

Pinehurst No. 2

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

ROUND OF 32

No. 32 Brian Ohr d. No. 1 Cooper Musselman, 1up

No. 16 Ryan Gerard d. No. 17 Bryce Hendrix, 1up

No. 8 Zheng Kai Bai d. No. 25 Derek Busby, 5&4

No. 9 Zachard Bauchou d. No. 24 Evan Katz, 2up

No. 29 Patrick Cover d. No. 4 Josh Martin, 3&2

No. 13 Mitchell Meissner d. No. 20 Riley Casey, 1up

No. 5 Spencer Soosman d. No. 28 Joey Savoie, 3&1

No. 21 Joshua Gibson d. No. 12 Frankie Capan 2&1

No. 31 Ben Schlottman d. No. 2 Ben Shipp, 3&1

No. 18 Gray Townsend d. No. 15 Arthur Griffin, 1up

No. 26 Kyle Suppa d. No. 7 Ben Wong, 1up

No. 10 Ray Kraivixien d. No. 23 Blake Wagoner, 3&1

No. 30 Matt Hutchins d. No. 3 Alex Smalley, 20 Holes

No. 19 Sam Stevens d. No. 14 Jake Brown, 1up

No. 27 Jose Montano d. No. 6 Matthew Sharpstene, 2up

No. 11 Chris Yeom d. No. 22 Eric Bae, 19 Holes

ROUND OF 16

TBD

No. 16 Ryan Gerard d. No. 32 Brian Ohr, 2&1

No. 9 Zachary Bauchou d. No. 8 Zheng Kai Bai, 2&1

No. 13 Michael Meissner d. No. 29 Patrick Cover, 19 Holes

No. 5 Spencer Soosman d. No. 21 Joshua Gibson, 3&2

No. 31 Ben Schlottman d. No. 18 Gray Townsend, 4&3

No. 26 Kyle Suppa d. No. 10 Ray Kraivixien, 21 Holes

No. 19 Sam Stevens d. No. 30 Matt Hutchins, 4&2

No. 27 Jose Montano d. No. 11 Chris Yeom, 2&1

Thursday, June 28, 2018

QUARTERFINALS

No. 9 Zachary Bauchou vs. No. 16 Ryan Gerard, 7 a.m.

No. 5 Spencer Soosman  vs. No. 13 Michael Meissner, 7:08 a.m.

No. 26 Kyle Suppa vs. No. 31 Ben Schlottman, 7:16 a.m.

No. 19 Sam Stevens vs. No. 27 Jose Montano vs., 7:24 a.m.

SEMIFINALS

TBD

Friday, June 29, 2018

CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

TBD, 7 a.m.

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Musselman makes dramatic putt on 18 to win medalist honors at 118th North & South Amateur

Cooper Musselman won medalist honors at the 118th North & South Amateur.

MEDAL SCORES

ROUND 1 RECAP

A day earlier, Cooper Musselman lost his tee shot to the right on the 512-yard, par-4 16th hole of Pinehurst No. 2. But he drew a good lie in the native area, got a club on the ball, and eventually made a birdie, helping him lead the 118th North & South Amateur after the first round.

Less than 24 hours later, Musselman again lost his drive to the right on 16.

This time, his ball was clumped into a wire grass bush. He made a double bogey, then bogeyed 17, and what was a three-shot lead on the field in the second round had disappeared into a tie with two players whose rounds had finished two hours and one hour before.

But Musselman had one last chance, a 35-foot look at birdie on the 18th hole. And while he struck a good putt, he noticed early that it started to leak a little low of the cup.

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“I had a good line on it and I just had to get the right speed,” said Musselman, who finished his senior season at Kentucky. “I thought it was going to miss low, but the bottom half of the cup snatched it.”

To the thrill of those watching from the veranda, Musselman buried the putt and took medalist honors with it, earning the No. 1 seed when the championship shifts to match play with the Round of 32 on Wednesday.

“This is pretty exciting,” he said. “I was just hoping to make it to match play, and I did that. Now it becomes an entirely different event.”

N.C. State’s Ben Shipp had the low round of the tournament, shooting a 5-under 65 to pick up the No. 2 seed for match play.

ROUND OF THE DAY

Musselman nearly found himself in a playoff with two strong ACC players, N.C. State’s Ben Shipp and Duke’s Alex Smalley.

Shipp started the day at 4 over and in a tie for 37th. But he opened with birdies on the first and third holes, and after a bogey on the 5th, made a 40-footer for birdie on the 8th to make the turn at 2 over for the championship. He was lights out from there, making birdies on 11, 13 and 16 to finish with the low round of the tournament, a 5-under 65.

When asked to try to put into words what it feels like to shoot a 65 on No. 2, Shipp just broke into a wide smile.

“It feels pretty good,” he said. “Yeah, it feels pretty good to shoot a 65 on this golf course. You can hit it really well out here and still shoot over par.”

While Shipp moved from a share of 37th to the No. 2 seed in match play, Smalley will take the No. 3 seed after rounds of 71 and 68. Smalley, the medalist at the 2016 U.S. Amateur, won the Sunnehanna Amateur last week, never trailing in the four rounds of stroke play.

Josh Martin, shown here after winning his third Donald Ross Junior Championship, is in contention at the North & South.

LOCAL LOOKS

Josh Martin is no stranger to winning in his hometown of Pinehurst. He won three Donald Ross Junior Championships, and was the top player on two state championship teams at nearby Pinecrest High School.

Now, though, the North Carolina senior may have his best chance at winning the North & South Amateur.

Martin had three birdies on the front nine to grab a piece of the lead at one point before a double bogey at 11 dropped two shots. Martin recovered well from there, closing with seven straight pars for a second straight even-par 70 to pick up the No. 4 seed for match play.

Former Pinecrest teammate Eric Bae, a sophomore at Wake Forest, also reached match play after his second straight 72. Bae has the 22 seed.

Frankie Capan and Ben Wong, shown here after winning the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at Pinehurst, both easily made the match play field at the North 7 South.

NOTABLES

  • Frankie Capan and Ben Wong, who teamed together to win the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at Pinehurst, both successfully made it through to match play without much trepidation. Wong, a sophomore at SMU, shot a 2-under 73 to finish with the 7 seed at 1-over 141. Capan, a sophomore at Alabama, had a round of even-par 70 and takes the No. 12 seed after a two-day total of 3-over 143.
  • Zachary Bauchou, the 2013 North & South Runner-Up and 2018 NCAA Champion with Oklahoma State, has the No. 9 seed after a second-round 72.
  • U.S. Mid-Amateur Champion Matt Parziale shot a 4-over 74 to miss the cut for the playoff by one shot.
  • Defending champion William Nottingham did not make the cut, shooting a second straight 75 to finish in a tie for 60th.

Matthew Sharpstene only made the North & South field after shooting 5-under 67 on Pinehurst No. 8 in the N&S Qualifier on Saturday.

CINDERELLA      

Keep an eye on Matthew Sharpstene, who made the field after a 5-under 67 on Pinehurst No. 8 in the North & South Amateur Qualifier on Saturday.  The West Virginia sophomore had rounds of 69 and 71 on No. 2 to finish in a tie for 4th in medal play and earn the No. 6 seed entering Wednesday’s Round of 32.

THE PLAYOFF

For a long time on Tuesday afternoon, it appeared as though there could be a monumental playoff of up to 12 players for the one final spot in the field. Alas, late in the day, the cut shifted a shot lower, but still nine players battled in a playoff for the last six spots into the match play field. They are: Jose Montano, Joey Savoie, Patrick Cover, Matt Hutchins, Ben Schlottman and Brian Ohr.

THE SCHEDULE

The Men’s North & South Amateur Championship is the longest consecutively-running amateur golf championship in the United States. Over the past century, the best amateurs in the world have vied for its coveted Putter Boy trophy. The winners now serve as legends in the game – among them Walter Travis, Francis Ouimet, Jack Nicklaus, Curtis Strange and Davis Love III – and the championship continues to draw the best in amateur golf.

The field has been cut to 32 and now moves to match play. The Round of 32 and Round of 16 will be played on Wednesday while the Quarterfinals and Semifinals will be played on Thursday.

The Championship’s finals will be played at 7 a.m. on Friday. Admittance to all rounds is free to the public, which is encouraged to come watch.

118TH NORTH & SOUTH AMATEUR

Pinehurst No. 2

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

ROUND OF 32

No. 1 Cooper Musselman vs.No. 32 Brian Ohr, 7 a.m.

No. 16 Ryan Gerard vs. No. 17 Bryce Hendrix, 7:08 a.m.

No. 8 Zheng Kai Bai vs. No. 25 Derek Busby, 7:16 a.m.

No. 9 Zachard Bauchou vs. No. 24 Evan Katz, 7:24 a.m.

No. 4 Josh Martin vs. No. 29 Patrick Cover, 7:32 a.m.

No. 13 Mitchell Meissner vs. No. 20 Riley Casey, 7:40 a.m.

No. 5 Spencer Soosman vs. No. 28 Joey Savoie, 7:48 a.m.

No. 12 Frankie Capan vs. No. 21 Joshua Gibson, 7:56 a.m.

No. 2 Ben Shipp vs. No. 31 Ben Schlottman, 8:04 a.m.

No. 15 Arthur Griffin vs. 18 Gray Townsend, 8:12 a.m.

No. 7 Ben Wong vs. No. 26 Kyle Suppa, 8:20 a.m.

No. 10 Ray Kraivixien vs. No. 23 Blake Wagoner, 8:28 a.m.

No. 3 Alex Smalley vs. No. 30 Matt Hutchins, 8:36 a.m.

No. 14 Jake Brown vs. No. 19 Sam Stevens, 8:44 a.m.

No. 6 Matthew Sharpstene vs. No. 27 Jose Montano, 8:52 a.m.

No. 11 Chris Yeom vs. No. 22 Eric Bae, 9 a.m.

ROUND OF 16

TBD

Thursday, June 28, 2018

QUARTERFINALS

TBD

SEMIFINALS

TBD

Friday, June 29, 2018

CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

TBD, 7 a.m.

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