Pieters, Williamson advance in 17-player playoff

T. J. Vogel points to where his ball was on the green during the 112th U. S. Amateur Championship.

T. J. Vogel points to where his ball was on the green during the 112th U. S. Amateur Championship.

CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. - Starting on the par-4 10th hole at Cherry Hills Country Club on Wednesday morning, 17 players - playing in three threesomes and two foursomes - teed off to determine the 14 remaining spots in the 64-player match-play field at this year’s U.S. Amateur Championship.

The 17 finished 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying Tuesday with scores of 2-over 143, tying for 51st.

Seven players advanced after one hole, led by T.J. Mitchell, who made birdie. The other six moved on with pars: Patrick Duncan Jr., NCAA champion Thomas Pieters, Patrick Newcomb, Eli Cole, Drew Evans and Peter Williamson, who won the North & South and Southern Amateurs this summer.

Two more advanced at the par-5, 11th hole as Edouard Espana and Denny McCarthy made birdies.

At the par-3, 12th, Devon Purser and Michael Weaver moved on with birdies while Cameron Smith (bogey) and A.J. McInerney (double bogey) were eliminated.

That left four players for the final three spots at the par-4, 13th hole. Evan Browser, Steven Fox and Taylor Hancock made pars to fill those last positions. Blaine Woodruff was the odd man out after making a bogey.

Among some of the notable players who did not shoot 143 or lower and failed to advance to match play: Cody Gribble (144), Anthony Paolucci (144), Beau Hossler (144), Hideki Matsuyama (145), former U.S. Junior champion Cory Whitsett (145), Porter Cup winner Richy Werenski (145) and Gary Nicklaus (145), son of the legendary Jack Nicklaus.

Others: U.S. Amateur Public Links champion T.J. Vogel (146), Northern Amateur winner Trey Mullinax (147), former U.S. Junior champ Jin Liu (147), former U.S. Public Links winner Tim Hogarth (147), Northeast and Western Amateur runner-up Jordan Russell (148), former three-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Nathan Smith (148), reigning U.S. Mid-Am champ Randy Lewis (151), Robert Mize (153), son of former Masters winner Larry, Bowen Sargent (154), current men’s golf coach at Virginia, and Andy Zhang (160), who at 14 was the youngest player in the starting field of 312.

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