By RON BALICKI
PINEHURST, N.C. – Kyle Stanley and Jamie Lovemark survived afternoon scares Thursday, while Morgan Hoffmann made it through a marathon march to advance to quarterfinals of the 108th North & South Amateur Championship at Pinehurst No. 2.
Both Stanley, No. 3 in the Golfweek/Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking, and Lovemark, No. 5, breezed to 6-and-5 victories in the morning’s second round. Stanley defeated Clark Klassen, and Lovemark knocked off Carter Newman.
The two 2007 U.S. Walker Cup teammates appeared headed in a similar direction in the afternoon, but ended up hanging on for victory.
Stanley, a junior a Clemson, managed a 1-up victory over Jonathan Hodge, while Lovemark beat Zack Byrd, 2 and 1.
Stanley birdied holes 9, 10 and 11, to go 4 up, but Hodge, who plays for Chattanooga, won 15, 16 and 17 with birdies. At the 18th, Stanley’s approach shot went over the green and he faced a difficult chip to sloped green while Hodge was within 15 feet for birdie.
Stanley chipped to 10 feet and after Hodge just barely missed his birdie try, Stanley rolled in the winning par putt.
“It got pretty intense out there for a while,” Stanley said. “I had some opportunities to finish it off, but didn’t. But that was one gutsy par putt on the last hole.
Lovemark also seemed in control. He birdied Nos. 4-7 to go 4 up. He lost No. 8 with bogey but won No. 9 with birdie. Byrd then won Nos. 10 and 11 with birdies leaving Lovemark with a 2-up lead. The two matched pars the next three holes and then matches birdies at Nos. 16 and 17 to end the match.
“I’m still here and will be playing tomorrow so it was a successful day,” Lovemark said. “I made plenty of birdies today (12), but I made a couple of dumb bogeys and that was frustrating.”
When Hoffmann’s day was done, he simply said, “I’m dead – totally worn out.”
It took him 27 holes in the morning before he won with a birdie at the par-3 ninth hole, and 17 holes in the afternoon. The freshman-to-be at Oklahoma State outlasted Alabama incoming freshman Bud Cauley in his morning match and then beat Stetson’s David McAndrew, 2 and 1, winning the 16th hole with a birdie and the 17th with a par.
“Right now I’m just totally relieved,” Hoffmann said. “After such a long, tough match in the morning, if I would have lost my next match it would have made it 50 times worse.?
Stanley will face North Carolina sophomore Kevin O’Connell in the quarterfinals. O’Connell won the last four holes in the morning to beat eighth-ranked Rory Hie, 4 and 3, and then sank a 12-foot par putt on the 20th hole in the afternoon to edge Georgia Tech senior Cameron Tringale.
Lovemark takes on Ferdinand Aunzo, who beat Bill Rankin, 2 and 1, and then sank a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to seal a 2-up victory over Seth Brandon of Dalton, Ga.
Hoffmann will face the tournament’s No. 64 seed, Adam Long. Long beat Steve Ziegle, 3 and 2, in the second round and then rolled past Scott Langley, 6 and 5.
The final quarterfinal match pits Matt Savage against Andrew Giuliani.
Savage beat Alex Martin, 4 and 3, and then edged Lucas Lee when he birdied the 21st hole. Giulani, the son of the former New York City mayor, defeated Bo DeHuff, 2 and 1, and followed with a 1-up victory over Patrick Rada.
Nine of the matches in the second and third rounds went to the 18th hole with four of those extending into extra holes.
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Ron Balicki is a Golfweek senior writer. To reach him e-mail [email protected]
Results from the third round of match play at the North & South Amateur, played July 3 at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort’s par-71 7,346-yard No. 2 Course:
Adam Long def. Scott Langley 6 and 5 Morgan Hoffman def. David McAndrew 2 and 1 Andrew Giuliani def. Patrick Rada 1 up Matt Savage def. Lucas Lee 21 holes Jamie Lovemark def. Zack Byrd 2 and 1 Ferdinand Aunzo def. Seth Brandon 2 up Kevin O’Connell def. Cameron Tringale 20 holes Kyle Stanley def. Jonathan Hodge 1 up
Adam Long def. Steve Ziegler 3 and 2 Scott Langley def. George Bryan 1 up Morgan Hoffmann def. Bud Cauley 27 holes David McAndrew def. Dustin Groves 2 and 1 Lucas Lee def. Cheng Tsung Pan 21 holes Matt Savaged def. Alex Martin 4 and 3 Patrick Rada def. Jacob Burger 2 up Andrew Giuliani def. Bo DeHuff 2 and 1 Jamie Lovemark def. Carter Newman 6 and 5 Zack Byrd def. Jimmy Lytle 3 and 2 Seth Brandon def. Travis Woolf 3 and 2 Ferdinand Aunzo def. Bill Rankin 2 and 1 Cameron Tringale def. Paul Simson 4 and 2 Kevin O’Connell def. Rory Hie 4 and 3 Jonathan Hodge def. Nathan Stamey 1 up Kyle Stanley def. Clark Kaasen 6 and 5
Adam Long def. Phillip Mollica 20 holes Steve Ziegler def. Connor McHenry 3 and 2 Scott Langley def. Scott Langley 4 and 3 George Bryan def. George Bryan 2 up Bud Cauley def. Henry Zaytoun III 5 and 4 Morgan Hoffmann def. Scott Harvey 4 and 3 David McAndrew def. Jonathan Bowden 3 and 2 Dustin Groves def. Kyle Coconis 2 up Pan Cheng-Tsung def. Drew Younts 5 and 4 Lucas Lee def. Kenny Kim 2 and 1 Alex Martin def. A.J. Oleksak 5 and 4 Matt Savage def. Hunter Howell 2 and 1 Patrick Rada def. James Sacheck 2 and 1 Jacob Burger def. David May 20 holes Bo DeHuff def. Kyle Ellis 1 up Andrew Giuliani def. Blake Trimble 4 and 2 Jamie Lovemark def. James Gill 7 and 5 Carter Newman def. Wes Roach 4 and 3 Zack Byrd def. Gregor Main 2 and 1 Jimmy Lytle def. Zack Siefert 4 and 3 Travis Woolf def. David Byrne 5 and 4 Seth Brandon def. Cody Paladino 1 up Bill Rankin def. Kelly Miller 1 up Ferdinand Aunzo def. Dave Bunker 2 and 1 Cameron Tringale def. Robert Reisen 1 up Eric Onesi def. Paul Simson 7 and 6 Rory Hie def. Tom Glissmeyer 2 up Jonathan Hodge def. Kevin O’Connell 19 holes Kelly Kraft def. Chad Day 6 and 4 Nathan Stamey def. Kevin Foley 2 and 1 Kyle Stanley def. Wesley Bryan 4 and 2 Cliff Benson def. Clark Klaasen 2 and 1
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