Marsh Kuehne Advance at Mid-Amateur

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USGAFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Defending champion Kevin Marsh scored a 1-up victory on Monday to move into the second round of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. Marsh held off Chip Lutz to advance.
 
'I got a bit too content,' Marsh admitted. 'I really didn't putt well, but I made that 8-footer on 17. Nobody's going to give me any matches because I won this last year. This is a new year and a new golf course. I'm sure when he made birdie to get even on 16, he thought he had me.'
 
Monday saw the completion of the stroke-play competition with sixty four players finishing at 5-over-par 148 or better to move into the match-play portion of the championship.
 
Monday's first round of match play was halted by darkness with three matches still on the course. Those matches will return to the Canyon Course at Forest Highlands Golf Club at 10:00 a.m. ET Tuesday. After they are completed, the second and third rounds will follow.
 
Joining Marsh in the second round will be Trip Kuehne, who lost the 1994 U.S. Amateur to Tiger Woods. Kuehne earned a 4 and 3 win over James Lehman.
 
Also among those advancing Monday was last year's runner-up Carlton Forrester, who took down Tripp Davis by a 4 and 3 margin. Two former Mid-Amateur champions claimed victory Monday as well. Nathan Smith, the 2003 champ, handled Eric Roustand, 5 and 3, while two-time winner Tim Jackson bested Greg Reynolds, 2-up.
 
In the matches remaining on the course, Marc Peterson and Arnold Cutrell were all square through 20 holes, while Michael Turner led Jeff Knox 2-up through 15. The final group on the course -- Joshua Warthen and Rick Reinsberg -- were all square through 13.
 
The championship will conclude on Thursday with a 36-hole final match.
 
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