Hoops Knocks Out Medalist Newhouse at Mid-Am


USGACHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Bryan Hoops knocked off Darin Newhouse, the stroke-play medalist, Monday at the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. Hoops, who beat Newhouse 4 and 3, was one of three players that survived an 11-man playoff to move into match play.
Hoops moves onto the second round at The Honors Course and will face T.J. Brudzinski, who bested Jon Peterson, 3 and 2.
Second-seeded Raymond Floyd, Jr. also collected a 3 and 2 win. He beat 2004 Senior Amateur runner-up Greg Reynolds. Floyd will battle Michael McCoy, who needed 22 holes to fend off Andrew Black.
Andy Drohen and Steven Liebler both needed 19 holes to win their matches, while Robert Stelben, Jr. and Tripp Davis needed 20 holes to advance to the second round. Cliff Benson bested Matt Robbins in 21 holes, in the second- longest match of the day.
On the flip side of those tight matches, there were several blowouts as well. Parker Smith trounced Brian Woods, 9 and 8, defending champion Austin Eaton III cruised into the second round with a 6 and 5 defeat of Anton Salome, and Erik Myrmo matched that 6 and 5 win as he downed Alan Hill.
Frank Vana, Jr., Trip Kuehne and Jim Chang were all 5 and 4 winners in their matches, while Sean Knapp and Stephen Paterson cruised to 5 and 3 wins. Paterson's win was impressive, as he bested 2002 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion George Zahringer.
Danny Green, the 1999 Mid-Amatuer champion, coasted to a 4 and 3 win over Randy Nichols. Kemp Richardson, 2003 Senior Amateur champion, took down Daniel Perrett, 4 and 2.
The match play portion continues Tuesday with the second and third rounds, while the quarterfinal and semifinal round matches are on Wednesday. The championship will be completed with Thursday's 36-hole final match.
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