Two Of Three Tide Golfers Advance

Two of three Alabama men's golfers won their first matches as the United States Amateur Golf tournament began match play competition Thursday. The tournament is being played at 7,660-yard, par-72 Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin.

The 2011 U.S. Amateur Championship consists of 36 holes of stroke play followed by six rounds of match play, with the championship scheduled to conclude with a 36-hole final on Sunday. Match play started Wednesday, but because of inclement weather the first round was not concluded until Thursday.

Three players from the Alabama men's golf team qualified for the tournament and all three made it through the qualifying rounds of stroke play to begin match play. Two of the three posted victories in their first matches.

Cory Whitsett, an upcoming Bama sophomore from Houston, defeated David Kim of Redondo Beach, Calif., 5-3, and Justin Thomas, an incoming freshman from Goshen, Ky., defeated Michael Stewart of Scotland, also by a 5-3 margin.

Upcoming Crimson Tide senior Hunter Hamrick of Montgomery fell to John Hahn of Las Vegas, 2-1.

In the highlight match of the first round, Bobby Leopold, a 26-year-old insurance professional from Cranston, R.I., defeated stroke-play medalist Gregor Main, 22, of Danville, Calif., 2 and 1. It was the second consecutive year for the so-called 64 seed to beat the No. 1 seed in the opening round of U.S. Amateur match play.

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