Easy win sends Tereshko to second round
Former Cub wins 7 & 6 in match play opener
Thursday, August 14, 2014 11:00 AM
Justin Tereshko made short work of his first-round opponent and is now headed to the Round of 32 of match play of the U.S. Amateur Championship on Wednesday.
Tereshko, a 2006 graduate of Madison High School, defeated No. 40 seed Xander Schauffele of San Diego 7 and 6 at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga.
Tereshko lost the first hole to Schauffele but responded by winning the next four to take control of the match. After splitting Nos. 6 and 7 and tying on No. 8, Tereshko closed out the win by claiming the next four holes.
Tereshko, who finished tied for 24th in stroke play and came into the match seeded 25th, advances to the second round this morning where he will play Englishman Jimmy Mullen starting at 8:05 a.m. Mullen is seeded eighth.
Should Tereshko win, he would advance to the round of 16 which begins at 1:30 p.m. this afternoon. He would face the winner between Frederick Wedel of The Woodlands, Texas and Derek Bard of New Hartford, N.Y.
Pittsburgh financial adviser Nathan Smith beat U.S. Amateur co-medalist Lee McCoy in 19 holes Wednesday in the first round of match play.
The 36-year-old Smith, the oldest player left in the field, pulled even with a birdie win on the par-3 17th, matched McCoy - the University of Georgia player junior from Clarkesville, Ga. - with a par on the par-5 18th and won with a par on the par-4 19th.
Last year in the Walker Cup on Long Island, Smith won the deciding point in the United States' 17-9 victory over Britain and Ireland. He's a four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion.
Taylor Moore, the Edmond, Okla., player and Arkansas junior who tied McCoy for medalist honors in stroke-play qualifying, also dropped out. Jesse Heinly of Bend, Ore., beat Moore 3 and 2.
On Wednesday morning, Smith and Heinly survived a 17-man playoff for the last four match-play spots.
"It was a long day. That was a lot of fun," said Smith, a 14-time U.S. Amateur participant who won a first-round match for the first time in nine years. "You know, I think it's one of those, I was so excited to be there. Kind of nothing to lose and I just got lucky."
Heinly plays at Concordia University in Portland, Ore.
"My goal was just to make the match play here," Heinly said. "I love playing match play because it wipes the score, just one-on-one. Thought maybe I had a pretty good chance."
Ryan Moore was the last stroke-play medalist to win the tournament, accomplishing the feat in 2004.
Another playoff survivor, Canada's Garrett Rank beat fourth-seeded Jimmy Beck of Columbus, Ga., 1 up. Rank, a 26-year-old hockey referee, made a 6-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to win the match.
"I knew going into 18, if I could put two good swings on it, or at least give myself a chance to go for the green, that I could make birdie," Rank said.
The highest seeded player to win was Taiwan's Cheng-Tsung Pan, a senior at the University of Washington who qualified third. He beat Zach Healy of Peachtree Corners, Ga., 4 and 2.
Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans, No. 1 in the world amateur ranking, beat Matt Teesdale of Maple Glen, Pa., 6 and 5. Second-ranked Robbie Shelton of the University of Alabama also advanced, topping Dan Stringfellow of Roselle, Ill., 2 and 1. Will Zalatoris of Plano, Texas, the Wake Forest-bound player who won U.S. Junior last month, beat Oklahoma State star Jordan Niebrugge 2 and 1.
The second and third round matches of the tournament will be broadcast on tape-delay on The Golf Channel starting at 6:30 p.m. today.
At Atlanta Athletic Club
Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands Course)
Johns Creek, Ga.
Yardage: Par 71, 7,382 yards
First round of match play
Round of 64
Nathan Smith, Pittsburgh (145) def. Lee McCoy, Clarkesville, Ga. (135), 19 holes
Brandon McIver, Billings, Mont. (143) def. Doug Ghim, Arlington Heights, Ill. (143), 2 and 1
Trevor Phillips, Inman, S.C. (144) def. Guillermo Pereira, Chile (140), 4 and 3
Byron Meth, San Diego, Calif. (140) def. Emilio Cuartero, Spain (144), 6 and 5
Jimmy Mullen, England (139) def. Todd White, Spartanburg, S.C. (144), 1 up
Justin Tereshko, Madison, Ind. (142) def. Xander Schauffele, San Diego (143), 7 and 6
Frederick Wedel, The Woodlands, Texas (144) def. Carson Jacobs, Hendersonville, Tenn. (139), 5 and 4
Derek Bard, New Hartford, N.Y. (142) def. Zander Lombard, South Africa (143), 3 and 2
Garrett Rank, Canada (145) def. Jimmy Beck, Columbus, Ga. (138), 1 up
Kyle Jones, Taylor, Ariz. (143) def. Logan McCracken, Oklahoma City(142), 2 and 1
Isaiah Logue, Fairfield, Pa. (144) def. Sam Horsfield, England (139), 2 and 1
Cameron Young, Scarborough, N.Y. (140) def. Tyler Torano, Chula Vista, Calif. (144), 19 holes
Sam Burns, Shreveport, La. (138) def. Matt Nesmith, North Augusta, S.C. (144), 2 and 1
Ollie Schniederjans, Powder Springs, Ga. (142) def. Matt Teesdale, Maple Glen, Pa. (143), 6 and 5
Paul Howard, England (144) def. Gavin Green, Malaysia (139), 4 and 3
Gunn Yang, South Korea (141) def. Seth Reeves, Suwanee, Ga. (144), 1 up
Jesse Heinly, Bend, Ore. def. Taylor Moore, Edmond, Okla. (135), 3 and 2
Corey Conners, Canada (142) def. Scottie Scheffler, Dallas(143), 1 up
Jon Rahm, Spain (144) def. Beau Hossler, Mission Viejo, Calif. (140), 3 and 2
Rico Hoey, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (144) def. Taylor Funk, Ponte Vedra, Fla. (140), 3 and 2
Will Zalatoris, Plano, Texas (138) def. Jordan Niebrugge, Mequon, Wis. (144), 2 and 1
Mario Galiano, Spain (142) def. M.J. Maguire, St. Petersburg, Fla. (143), 2 and 1
Bo Andrews, Raleigh, N.C. (144) def. Chris Waters, Atlanta(139), 5 and 4
Zachary Olsen, Cordova, Tenn. (141) def. Adam Svensson, Canada (143), 2 and 1
Cheng-Tsung Pan, (138) def. Zach Healy, Peachtree Corners, Ga., 4 and 2
Bryson DeChambeau, Clovis, Calif. (143) def. Victor Perez, France (142), 2 and 1
Robby Shelton, Wilmer, Ala. (140) def. Dan Stringfellow, Roselle, Ill. (144), 2 and 1
Roman Robledo, Harlingen, Texas (144) def. Mookie DeMoss, Duluth, Ga. (140), 1 up
Jonathan Garrick, Atherton, Calif. (138) def. Michael Gellerman, Sterling, Kan. (144), 3 and 2
Eli Cole, Los Angeles(142) def. Will Betts, Leechburg, Pa. (143), 3 and 2
Jonathan Chang, Corona, Calif. (144) def. Taylor Pendrith, Canada (139), 4 and 2
Denny McCarthy, Rockville, Md. (141) def. Jonathan Woo, Singapore (144), 7 and 5
Second Round Pairings
Round of 32
7:45 a.m. - Nathan Smith, Pittsburgh. (145) vs. Brandon McIver, Billings, Mont. (143)
7:55 a.m. - Trevor Phillips, Inman, S.C. (144) vs. Byron Meth, San Diego(140)
8:05 a.m. - Jimmy Mullen, England (139) vs. Justin Tereshko, Madison, Ind. (142)
8:15 a.m. - Frederick Wedel, The Woodlands, Texas (144) vs. Derek Bard, New Hartford, N.Y. (142)
8:25 a.m. - Garrett Rank, Canada (145) vs. Kyle Jones, Taylor, Ariz. (143)
8:35 a.m. - Isaiah Logue, Fairfield, Pa. (144) vs. Cameron Young, Scarborough, N.Y. (140)
8:45 a.m. - Sam Burns, Shreveport, La. (138) vs. Ollie Schniederjans, Powder Springs, Ga. (142)
8:55 a.m. - Paul Howard, England (144) vs. Gunn Yang, South Korea (141)
9:05 a.m. - Jesse Heinly, Bend, Ore. (145) vs. Corey Conners, Canada (142)
9:15 a.m. - Jon Rahm, Spain (144) vs. Rico Hoey, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (144)
9:25 a.m. - Will Zalatoris, Plano, Texas (138) vs. Mario Galiano, Spain (142)
9:35 a.m. - Bo Andrews, Raleigh, N.C. (144) vs. Zachary Olsen, Cordova, Tenn. (141)
9:45 a.m. - Cheng-Tsung Pan, (138) vs. Bryson DeChambeau, Clovis, Calif. (143)
9:55 a.m. - Robby Shelton, Wilmer, Ala. (140) vs. Roman Robledo, Harlingen, Texas (144)
10:05 a.m. - Jonathan Garrick, Atherton, Calif. (138) vs. Eli Cole, Los Angeles(142)
10:15 a.m. - Jonathan Chang, Corona, Calif. (144) vs. Denny McCarthy, Rockville, Md. (141)
Note: Second-round winners advance to the third round of match play on Thursday, beginning at 1:30 p.m.