Oct. 2, 2007
Clemson, SC – Clemson assistant golf coach Jordan Byrd won his first round match at the United States Mid-Amateur on Monday. The event is being played at Bandon Dunes Golf Course in Bandon, OR. He is one of 32 players who have advanced to the second round.
Byrd fired a 150 for the two rounds of stroke play to qualify for the 64-player match play field. He defeated Thomas McGraw of Montgomery, TX in the first round 4 &2. Byrd won the first hole with a birdie on the par five and had a three-up lead after just five holes. McGraw cut the margin to 1-up by winning the eighth hole. But, Byrd won the 14th and 16th holes with birdies to capture the match.
Byrd was three-under par for the 16 holes and had five birdies to win convincingly over the #21 seeded McGraw. Byrd now meets Brandon Kearney of Bend, OR on Tuesday at 12:40 PM Eastern time.
The winner of the US Mid-Amateur receives an invitation to the 2008 Masters. Jonathan Byrd, who has already qualified for the 2008 Masters.
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