Hybl Womack Reach Mid-Am Finals


USGAFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Ryan Hybl and Dave Womack each won a pair of matches Wednesday to earn spots in Thursday's Mid-Amateur final, a 36-hole affair at Forest Highlands Golf Club.
Womack knocked off Rick DeWitt in the quarterfinals 3 and 2 but barely survived his semifinal match, sinking a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole to edge Scott Hardy.
'I was just trying to get an opening,' said Womack, an insurance agent from McDonough, Georgia. 'If I could get an opening, I felt I could do it.'
Hybl, meanwhile, defeated last year's runner-up, Carlton Forrester, with a bogey on the seventh extra hole of his semifinal showdown to make it into the final.
Forrester held a 1-up lead on the 600-yard 18th, but Hybl knocked his second shot to within 10 feet and Forrester quickly conceded after just missing his birdie putt.
'That was a great match,' said Hybl, a Winterville, Georgia native who is playing in his first Mid-Amateur. 'It's a shame it had to end like this (with a bogey).'
Hybl fought off Tim Jackson of Germantown, Tennessee 1-up earlier in the day to keep his championship hopes alive.
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