Day 4: NEWTON EMERGES AS CHAMPION
Scott Newton of Port St. Lucie, Florida, captured the second annual United States Match Play Championship at Indian Hills Golf Course in Fort Pierce, Florida, defeating Landon Bompensa 2-up in the championship match. Newton's first-place check of $5,000 is the largest he's earned so far in his professional career. Bompensa took home $1,000 as the runner-up.
Bompensa was in control for most of the front nine, taking a 1-up lead into the back nine. Newton then proceeded to win holes 10-13 to go up by 3, but Bompensa wouldn't lay down. He won the next three holes to square to match on the strength of a Newton tee shot that went out of bounds on 14 and by birdieing 15 and 16. Newton then hit his tee shot on the 140-yard par-4 17th to four feet in making birdie to go back up by 1, and Bompensa conceded Newton's birdie putt on 18 when his own birdie attempt failed to go in.
The United States Match Play Championship is open to all professional and amateur golfers, and is the only match play national match play event open to everyone. The 2014 event is scheduled for Indian Hills at a date to be determined.
Day 3: NEWTON, BOMPENSA ADVANCE IN DRAMATIC FASHION
Scott Newton and Landon Bompensa advanced to the final in the second annual United States Match Play Championship at Indian Hills Golf Course in Fort Pierce, Florida. Newton took out USGTF national course director Mark Harman in the first semi-final, 1-up in 20 holes, while Bompensa edged Frank Dobbs in the other semi-final, 1-up.
With Harman just two feet away for par on the 18th hole, Newton drained his must-make 12-foot birdie putt to force extra holes. Both players parred the par-4 first, and Newton's length proved too much on the par-5 second as he hit the green in two with a mid-iron while Harman's third shot from the rough wound up 30 feet away. Both players two-putted, earning Newton the victory.
In quarterfinal action earlier in the day, Bompensa drained a 35-foot birdie putt on the second hole of overtime against defending champion Dustin Cone, who proceeded to miss his own birdie putt from four feet. Other quarterfinal matches:
Dobbs def. Eric Hammer 4 & 3
Harman def. Tom Miller 2 & 1
Newton def. Nyasha Mauchaza 2-up
Day 2: FOUR ADVANCE IN US MATCH PLAY
First-round matches were held Tuesday in the second annual United States Match Play Championship at Indian Hills Golf Course in Fort Pierce, Florida. Nyasha Mauchaza defeated Geoff Bryant, 6&5; Mark Harman downed Jonathan Coats, 2&1; Landon Bompensa took care of Scott Enger 4&3, and Eric Hammer nipped Derek Ary 1-up.
Second-round matches continue on Wednesday as four players who received byes through their Monday qualifying scores swing into action.
Second-round matches scheduled for Wednesday, September 25, at Indian Hills Golf Course in Fort Pierce, Florida. 6,545 yards, par 72.
9:15 Scott Newton (1) vs. Nyasha Mauchaza (8)
Tom Miller (4) vs. Mark Harman (5)
9:23 Dustin Cone (2) vs. Landon Bompensa (7)
Frank Dobbs (3) vs. Eric Hammer (6)
Day 1: NEWTON CAPTURES #1 SEED FOR US MATCH PLAY
Fort Pierce, FL – Scott Newton fired a 66 to earn the #1 seed at the second annual United States Match Play Championship at Indian Hills Golf Course here Monday. Defending champion Dustin Cone also turned in a 66 but lost in a scorecard playoff to determine the top seed. Frank Dobbs shot a 69 to earn the #3 seed and Tom Miller fired a 70 to earn the #4 seed. The top four seeds all earned byes into the quarterfinals to be played on Wednesday.
Twelve golfers are vying for the first-place prize of $5,000 in the event hosted by the United States Golf Teachers Federation. Four first-round matches start on Tuesday for those who did not earn byes.
Qualifying scores for the United States Match Play Championship, Monday, September 23 at Indian Hills Golf Course, Fort Pierce, Florida. 6,545 yards, par 72.
Scott Newton 33-33 – 66
Dustin Cone 33-33 – 66
Frank Dobbs 34-35 – 69
Tom Miller 35-35 – 70
Mark Harman 34-37 – 71
Eric Hammer 37-36 – 73
Landon Bompensa 38-35 – 73
Nyasha Maucaza 38-35 – 73
Geoff Bryant 39-37 – 76
Scott Enger 40-37 – 77
Derek Ary 39-39 – 78
Jonathan Coats 41-37 – 78
Matches for Tuesday, September 24
#1 Tee 10:15am
Mauchaza vs. Bryant
Harman vs. Coats
#1 Tee 10:23am
Bompensa vs. Enger
Hammer vs. Ary
Matches for Wednesday, September 25
#1 Tee 9:15am
Mauchaza/Bryant vs. Newton
Harman/Coats vs. Miller
#1 Tee 9:23am
Bompensa/Enger vs. Cone
Hammer/Ary vs. Dobbs
2:38pm Secone Semi-finals
Matches for Thursday, September 26
#1 Tee 8:45am