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Murphy Wins Match, Advances to Round of 16 at USGA Senior Am

Pat Murphy won his second round match at the USGA Men’s Senior Amateur Tuesday morning to advance to the Round of 16. Murphy defeated Randy Reifers of Columbus, Ohio, 2 and 1 in the Round of 32.

Murphy never trailed in the match after winning the second hole with a birdie. He won the fourth hole with a par to go two-up. Reifers birdied the sixth hole, but ‘Murph’ birdied the ninth hole to take a 2-up lead at the turn.

Murphy stretched his lead to three with a par on 10, but lost to a birdie on 11 and a par on 12 and his three hole lead had narrowed to just one hole. Murphy bogeyed 13, but Reifers didn’t take advantage of that opening as he also bogeyed.

Murphy won 14 with a par to go two-up with three to play. They both parred 15 and 16, Reifers made birdie on 17, but Murphy also birdied to win the match, 2 and 1.

Murphy is playing Peter Wegman of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in the Round of 16.