64 vs. 1 match gets a little more interesting

Brenton Flynn reacts after making a birdie on the first playoff to advance to match play Aug. 26 at the U.S. Amateur.

Brenton Flynn reacts after making a birdie on the first playoff to advance to match play Aug. 26 at the U.S. Amateur.

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Tyson Alexander celebrates after chipping in for birdie on the first playoff hole Aug. 26 to advance to match play at the U.S. Amateur.

TULSA, Okla. – John Kostis was the final player to advance out of the 27-for-4 playoff this morning, and will face 50-year-old medalist Tim Jackson in the first round of match play. This will be more interesting than your typical 64 vs. 1 match.

Kostis was paired with Jackson and Patrick Duncan Jr. for the two rounds of stroke play. Kostis was the only member of the threesome that didn’t receive a one-stroke penalty for slow play Tuesday because it was determined that Kostis made an effort to speed up his play.

That proved big for Kostis, who would’ve missed the playoff if assessed a penalty.

Brenton Flynn, one of the other players to advance out of the playoff, may have some good vibes flowing his way. Flynn’s in-laws served as the host family at this year’s U.S. Girls’ Junior for winner Amy Anderson.

Flynn, a 2006 graduate of Belmont University, is turning pro after the U.S. Amateur to attend PGA Tour Q-School. Flynn, 25, is an investment professional at AgileInvesting.com. This is his first U.S. Amateur.

Tyson Alexander, who chipped in for birdie on the first playoff hole, and Justin Bardgett were the other players to advance out of the playoff.

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