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Quarterfinals Set at TGA's Mid-Amateur Match Play

on 28 July 2012.

PLANO—Players battled through a blistering day of triple-digit temperatures at Gleneagles Country Club during the second day of the Texas Golf Association’s Mid-Amateur Match Play Championship. 

After two grueling rounds of match play, eight players advanced to the quarterfinal round on Saturday, including top-seeded Christopher Wheeler. 

The afternoon wave of matches produced routing wins and final-hole clinchers. In the third match of the afternoon, Aaron Hickman handily defeated Bill Steen 6 and 4. Hickman controlled the match from the opening hole going 1 up. 

The match went all square after the third hole, from that point forward through the completion of the match Hickman never trailed. He gained the decisive advantage on holes 11-13 winning all three and with a birdie on the 14th hole Hickman closed out the match.

Wheeler, the No. 1 seed, squared off against John Schaefer. Wheeler, after four holes found himself, 1 down. But the tide turned on the sixth hole, where Wheeler went 1 up. He would go on to win the last three holes on the front nine to turn with a 3-up advantage. Steady play on the back nine allowed Wheeler to close out Schaefer 3 and 2 on the 16th hole. 

The most exciting match of the afternoon wave came from two veteran mid-amateurs, Lucas Boyd and Dru Fenimore. Their match demonstrated the highs and lows of match play competition, each matching the other shot for shot. Fenimore, from the opening hole, gained a 1 up advantage on Boyd. Fenimore continued to control the match through the front nine holding a 3-up lead. 

The back nine saw Fenimore’s advantage slip away as Boyd lead a charge birding holes 14 and 16. As the two players stepped on the 17th tee all square, it was Fenimore striking back winning the hole with a birdie. 

Boyd then returned the favor with a birdie on the 18th hole to extend the match. The two would only need one extra hole to decide the status of the match as Boyd closed out the match with a par.

Gleneagles Country Club has hosted many championships in recent years including the 2005 North Mid-Amateur and the 2011 North Amateur. Gleneagles also has the distinction of hosting the IFQ-A, which is the only final qualifying site in the U.S. for the British Open.  This is the fourth consecutive year that Gleneagles will host the IFQ-A.

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