Mattare earns U.S. Mid-Amateur medalist honors

Matthew Mattare hits a shot during U.S. Mid-Amateur Stroke Play.

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Matthew Mattare of Jersey City, N.J., shot 2-under 69 Sunday to earn medalist honors in stroke-play qualifying for the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship in Birmingham, Ala.

Mattare, 27, who advanced to the quarterfinals of this event last year, one-putted his last seven greens on the Country Club of Birmingham's West Course, a stretch that included two ups-and-downs from bunkers, a par putt of 20 feet and three birdie putts, including one from 20 feet and another from 60 feet. He finished 36 holes at 5-under 136 to earn the No. 1 seed heading into match play. He finished two shots ahead of Kenny Cook of Noblesville, La., who shot a tournament-low 5-under 65 on the East Course.

“It’s just a sign that you are playing well,” Mattare said of earning stroke-play medalist honors. “While it’s exciting, you have to keep it in perspective and realize you didn’t come here to win the stroke play, you came here to win the match play.”

First-round co-leader Kevin Marsh of Henderson, Nev., tied for third with Bill Williamson of Cincinnati at 2-under 139. U.S. Walker Cup player Todd White of Spartanburg, S.C., who shared the lead with Marsh after the opening 18 holes, finished in a five-way for fifth at 140 that also included veteran amateurs Paul Simson and Tim Jackson.

Six rounds of match play over the next three days start Monday on the West Course, with the scheduled 36-hole final set for Thursday.

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