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Blair, Keiley Advance, Horner Loses in First Round of Match Play at USGA Amateur Public Links

Zac Blair won the first hole of his first round match with a birdie and never trailed in posting a 5 and 3 victory over Byron Meth of San Diego, California in the USGA Amateur Public Links Championship at Soldier Hollow. Blair lost in the first round of this tournament the past two years and so this first round win is a big relief for him.
His BYU teammate, Justin Keiley, also advanced to the second round, but it took him an extra hole to oust Ryan Werre.
Dan Horner, the other Utahn to advance into match play, lost his first round match to Jacob Knapp, 3 and 2.
The big upset of the day came in the first match of the day when 64th seed Alex Edfort upset medalist James Erkenbeck. Edfort squared the match on the 18th hole and then won it on the 21st hole.
Blair will now face Paul McConnell of Texas in the second round. That match will tee off Thursday at 7:10 a.m. The winner will advance to the final 16 in a match that will begin at 12:30.
Keiley will face Brad Schneider of Florida in a morning match that begins at 9:10 a.m. If he wins that match he will play in the round of 16 in a 1:30 match.
Weather conditions have been wonderful at Soldier Hollow all three days of the tournament, but there have been very few spectators during the first three days of the tournament.
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