Spartans Wrap-Up Play At 38th S.C. Amateur Match Play Championship
Myrtle Beach, S.C. – A trio of USC Upstate golfers advanced to the match play portion of the 38th South Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship on Friday, but all three were eliminated as returning players Matthew Hopper and Tyler Comer were eliminated in the Round of 32 and incoming transfer Brad Sill advanced to the Round of 16 before being eliminated.
Hopper, who is a rising sophomore and Gaffney, S.C., native, was the third-lowest player in stroke play qualifying which wrapped up on Thursday. He fired rounds of 67 and 71 to finish at 4-under-par for 36 holes. Comer, a rising red-shirt sophomore from Pacolet Mills, S.C., was eighth after the 36-hole qualifying round, firing 69 and 71. Sill, a rising sophomore from Spartanburg, shot rounds of 72 and 71 to give Upstate three golfers in the 32-person match play portion of the tournament.
In the Round of 32, Walter Todd took a 3 & 2 victory over Hopper to advance to the Round of 16, eliminating Hopper from the championship. Jones Brown took a 4 & 3 victory over Comer to eliminate Comer and advance into the Round of 16. Sill, though, stood strong and took a 2-up victory over fellow Spartanburg native Will Ovenden. However, in the Round of 16, Sill fell, 3 & 1, to David Dannelly.