Tway advances at US Amateur


2008 U.S. AmateurPINEHURST, N.C. ' Kevin Tway took another step toward establishing himself, while a former NCAA champion made an earlier-than-expected exit from the U.S. Amateur.
The son of former PGA champion Bob Tway defeated Philip Francis 2-up Wednesday in the first round of match play, winning a matchup of former U.S. Junior Amateur champions on the renowned No. 2 Course at Pinehurst Resort.
My dads making me play real smart, Tway said.
Meanwhile, 2007 NCAA Championship medalist Jamie Lovemark was ousted early after being eliminated 1-up by Matt Hill of North Carolina State.
Lovemark, a 20-year-old junior at Southern California, held a 1-up advantage through 16 holes, before Hill birdied the 17th and parred the 18th to eliminate Lovemark, who earlier this summer at Pinehurst finished second at the North & South Amateur.
Kevin Tway, who won the 2005 U.S. Junior, took the lead for good in his match by making par on the 15th while Francis, the junior amateur winner in 2006 from UCLA, bogeyed the par-3 hole. The 20-year-old Oklahoma State sophomore then sealed his victory when Francis made par on the 18th and he finished his round with his third birdie.
The elder Tway carried his sons clubs around the same course where he tied for 78th at the 2005 U.S. Open and tied for 62nd at 23 over in 1999.
Hes been through everything, and he can help me out when I get nervous and talk to him, Kevin Tway said.
He advanced to a second-round matchup against Robbie Fillmore, who won the stroke-play portion of the tournament with a total of 6-under 134.
Fillmore, a BYU junior who spent two years away from golf while on a Mormon mission, defeated Youngstown State senior Ross Beal 3 and 2. Beal was one of the two players who emerged Wednesday morning from a 26-person playoff after they were tied at 5-over 145 through 36 holes of stroke play.
Other notables advancing to the round of 32 include:
  • Louisville's Derek Fathauer, who defeated Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas 1-up in a matchup of 2007 U.S. Amateur quarterfinalists.
  • Brady Exber, a 52-year-old Southern Nevada Golf Hall of Famer who is the oldest player left in the field, outlasted Pepperdine redshirt freshman Josh Anderson in 20 holes.
  • Top-ranked amateur Danny Lee had a 4-and-3 victory over 37-year-old investment banker David Bartman.
    Lee rushed to Pinehurst after playing in his first PGA TOUR event and making the cut at the Wyndham Championship, 75 miles away in Greensboro. Initially, he had trouble getting a feel for the tournaments two Pinehurst courses.
    Now hes figuring it out, and that could be a bad sign for the remaining 31 players.
    Im starting to now know all that stuff, like which spot is the best place to be in, and around the greens, and its helped me play a little bit better each day, Lee said.
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