Hayes Advances to Round of 32 at U.S. Mid-Amateur
John Hayes was among the first players at the Capital City Club on Tuesday morning, as he and 24 other players readied for a playoff to reach the Match Play at the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. He was the last player on the course at day's end as well, as he and Derek Meinhart went 21 holes in their opening match. Hayes prevailed with a par on the fourth playoff hole to win 1 up and earn a spot in the round of 32 today.
He will square off against John Nichols of North Carolina this morning at 10:30. Follow live scoring for his match by clicking here.
John Hayes (Sable Oaks GC) has had a long three days at the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship in Atlanta, GA this week, but has landed a spot among the top 64 players to earn a berth in the Match Play part of the competition.
Hayes started slowly, shooting a 77 (+6) in his first round on Saturday, leaving himself well outside the cut line. His second round was slated for Sunday, but with the remnants of Hurricane Nate passing through the southeast that day, the USGA decided to postpone the round until Monday.
Hayes came out firing early on day two with three quick birdies, but gave them all back by the turn with two bogeys and a double to again be outside the cut line. The Portlander rallied yet again and made two birdies against no bogeys on his second nine to shoot a 69 (-1). His two-round total of 146 (+5) made the cut on the number, but his work to get into match play wasn't through yet.
In all, 25 players finished at 146, with only 15 spots left to get into the top 64 and in the match play. This morning the competitors came out at sunrise to duel for the remaining spots. Hayes managed two pars on the difficult 17th and 16th holes at the Capital City Club to earn a berth in the match play for the first time in his USGA career. He will face off with Derek Meinhart of Mattoon, IL at 2:00 this afternoon.
From all of us back in the 207, good luck, John!