Sept. 9, 2008
Clemson, SC – Current Clemson golf coach Jordan Byrd was defeated by former Clemson golfer Stephen White in the second round of the United States Mid-Amateur Championship on Tuesday. White won the marathon match in 23 holes when Byrd made a bogey on the par-four fifth hole.
Byrd reached the match play portion of the event held at the Milwaukee Country Club in Milwaukee, WI with a 36-hole score of 143. He was seeded 16th in the match play portion of the event. Byrd defeated Ron Ewing of Merced, CA in the first round 3 & 2. He trailed after the first hole, but won the second hole and never trailed the remainder of that match.
On Tuesday, White held a 2-up lead after seven holes, but Byrd came back to take a 1-up lead after 15. White, who played at Clemson from 1991-94, won the 16th hole, then the two golfers halved the next six holes before White won the 23rd hole, the fifth hole on the course, when Byrd missed a five-foot putt for par.
It marked the second straight year, Byrd reached at least the second round of the match play at the US Mid-Amateur. Last year he reached the quarterfinals.
Byrd was supported in his two match play rounds by his brother Jonathan Byrd, who served as his caddie. Jonathan Byrd is in his sixth year on the PGA Tour. Earlier this year, Jordan Byrd caddied for his brother at the PGA Tour even in Memphis.
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