Wells, Lanahan fall in North and South Amateur

PINEHURST, N.C. – Senior Andrew Lanahan and junior Chris Wells each dropped their second round matches in sudden death Thursday in the 105th North and South Amateur Championship at Pinehurst No. 2.

The 24th-seeded Wells fell to No. 9 Kyle Reifers of Columbus, Ohio, in 23 holes, while the 38th-seeded Lanahan dropped his match to No. 59 Eddie Peckels of Delray Beach, Fla., in 20 holes.

Wells and Reifers battled back and forth for much of the match with Reifers gaining a 2-up advantage after 14 holes. Wells made par on the 15th and a birdie on the 17th to go all square and halved the 18th with a par to send the match into sudden death. After halving holes 19 through 22 with pars, Wells could not get up and down from a greenside bunker on the 23rd hole and dropped the match with a bogey.

"I definitely could have played better," Wells said. "It was just back and forth all day and you can't play match play like that. I couldn't really get into a groove out there. My putter was the thing that really saved me today and made the match as close as it was."

Lanahan gained the early advantage in his match with Peckels by going 2-up after nine holes but dropped the 10th and 12th with bogeys to move back to all square. He failed to put the match away late by missing six-foot birdie putts on both the 16th and 17th holes and halved the 18th with a par. After getting up and down from the back of the green on the 19th, Lanahan bogeyed the following hole to fall to Peckels in 20 holes.

"I actually hit the ball really well today," Lanahan said. "I was doing the right things that you need to do in match play like put the ball in the fairway and on the green. I just couldn't make any putts. I was hitting my lines well, but they just weren't falling for me."

Wells is set to begin his preparations for the 105th U.S. Amateur Championship at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Penn., Aug. 22-28, while Lanahan will return to Baton Rouge and prepare for the upcoming season.

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