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Murphy Wins First Match at USGA Senior Match Play, Nyhus Loses

Pat Murphy trailed most of the way in his first round match in the USGA Men’s Senior Amateur, but when the match came to ‘crunch’ time his opponent, Doug LaCrosse (#2 seed), couldn’t close the deal and Murphy came from behind to win the last two holes of regulation with pars to square the match, and on a birdie on the first extra hole of the match to win in 19 holes.  The match scorecard is below.

 

Murphy will play Randy Rieffers in the Round of 32.

On the women’s side of the championships Sue Nyhus reached match play, but was not sharp in her first match and lost to Helene Chartrand, 5 and 4. Nyhus bogeyed holes 2, 3, and 4, and then 6 and 7 and it was too much to overcome in an 18-hole match. Chartrand won, 5 and 4.