Tiger golfers qualify for Amateur Match Play

PINEHURST, N.C. -- Junior Chris Wells fired a 1-under 143 and senior Andrew Lanahan recorded an even-par 144 in a 36-hole qualifier to earn a spot in the match play competition of the 105th North and South Amateur Championship at Pinehurst Golf Resort.

The field was cut from 151 competitors to 63 on Tuesday to participate in the single-elimination match play competition that begins Wednesday. Defending champion Martin Ureta of Santiago, Chile, was exempt from qualifying and will play as the tournament's No. 1 seed. Six rounds of match play will be held at the famous Course No. 2 to determine the champion.

The first round of qualifying was held at Course No. 8 on Monday with Lanahan shooting a 1-under 71 to sit in a tie for 20th and Wells carding a 1-over 73 to tie for 61st. Wells fired a 2-under 70 in Tuesday's second round at Course No. 2 to finish in a tie for 23rd, while Lanahan shot a 1-over 73 to finish in a tie for 36th.

Wells will tee off at 7:26 a.m. CDT as the No. 24 seed against No. 41 Tyler Brown of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and Lanahan will tee off at 10:22 a.m. as the No. 38 seed against No. 27 Dave Bunker of Ontario, Canada.

Other notable participants include No. 16 David Denham of Georgia, and No. 20 Patton Kizzire and No. 36 Matthew Myers of Auburn. Denham earned Second-Team All-America and First-Team All-SEC honors in leading Georgia to the national championship, while Kizzire was named Second-Team All-SEC in 2005.

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