Laird bows out in first match of U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship

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Past champion Stewart Hagestad might have come up short of earning medalist honors in the 38th U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, but the 2016 winner certainly didn’t have any lingering hangovers from the disappointment. Buoyed by an eagle-2 on the fifth hole, the 2016 winner from Newport Beach, Calif., cruised to an 8-and-6 victory in the Round of 64 on Monday at Charlotte Country Club.

Hagestad, 27, joined reigning U.S. Senior Amateur champion Jeff Wilson, 55, of Fairfield, Calif., and stroke-play medalist Stephen Behr, 25, of Florence, S.C., in the next round. Wilson and Hagestad will square off in the Round of 32 on Tuesday morning.

Rob Laird of Tulsa, after finishing tied for second in the stroke play qualifying, lost his opening round match 2 and 1 to David Bolen of Lubbock, Texas.

The news also wasn’t good for defending champion Matt Parziale. The 31-year-old firefighter from Brockton, Mass., saw his bid to become the third player to successfully defend his U.S. Mid-Amateur title end with a 3-and-2 loss to Andres Schonbaum, 27, of Argentina.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Results from Monday’s first round of match play at the 2018 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, played at 7,382-yard, par-71 Charlotte Country Club.

Round of 64

(Upper Bracket)

Stephen Behr, Florence, S.C. (137) def. Jeffrey Osberg, Bryn Mawr, Pa. (147), 3 and 2

Samuel Echikson, Belgium (144) def. Ian Bangor, Moon Township, Pa. (144), 3 and 2

Rusty Mosley, Vidalia, Ga. (146) def. Darin Goldstein, New York, N.Y. (142), by concession (injury)

Kyle Davies, Iowa City, Iowa (142) def. Jacob Koppenberg, Bellingham, Wash. (146), 2 up

Stewart Hagestad, Newport Beach, Calif. (141) def. Bradley Wohlers, Vadnais Heights, Minn. (147), 8 and 6

Jeff Wilson, Fairfield, Calif. (145) def. Josh Clay, North Canton, Ohio (143), 2 and 1

Daniel Wittlinger, Truckee, Calif. (141) def. Ben Warnquist, Olney, Md. (147), 2 and 1

Matt Sughrue, Arlington, Va. (145) def. Daniel Macdonald, Ridgewood, N.J. (143), 20 holes

Sam O’Dell, Hurricane, W.Va. (147) def. Todd Mitchell, Bloomington, Ill. (139), 4 and 2

Jordan Sease, Lexington, S.C. (144) def. Kyle Downey, Rochester, N.Y. (145), 8 and 6

Benjamin Hayes, Jacksonville, Fla. (141) def. Paul McNamara III, Dallas, Texas (146), 1 up

Stephen Woodard, Charlotte, N.C. (143) def. Jeff Champine, Rochester Hills, Mich. (146), 3 and 2

Brett Boner, Charlotte, N.C. (140) def. David Jennings, Layton, Utah (147), 4 and 2

Claudio Consul, Germany (144) def. Brett Viboch, Moraga, Calif. (145), 5 and 4

Scott Abbott, Dallas, Texas (147) def. Danny Evelyn, Charlotte, N.C. (141), 1 up

Kory Bowman, Springfield, Mo. (143) def. Chris Schultz, Laporte, Ind. (146), 2 and 1

(Lower Bracket)

David Bolen, Lubbock, Texas (147) def. Rob Laird, Tulsa, Okla. (139), 2 and 1

Andres Schonbaum, Argentina (144) def. Matt Parziale, Brockton, Mass. (144), 3 and 2

Grant Schroeder, Montgomery, Texas (146) def. Marc Dull, Winter Haven, Fla. (142), 3 and 1

Clark Brown, Navarre, Fla. (142) def. Scott Loving, Conroe, Texas (146), 6 and 4

Frank Alafoginis, Arlington, Va. (147) def. Jeff Koprivetz, San Diego, Calif. (141), 3 and 2

Michael Martin, Scottsdale, Ariz. (145) def. Jake Erickson, Springfield, Ill. (144), 3 and 2

Kevin O’Connell, Cary, N.C. (141) def. Nick Reardon, Columbus, Ohio (147), 8 and 7

Broc Haymon, Pearland, Texas (143) def. Thomas Todd III, Laurens, S.C. (146), 19 holes

Matthew Mattare, Jersey City, N.J. (147) def. Bradford Tilley, Easton, Conn. (139), 2 and 1

Brett Tomfohrde, Chicago, Ill. (145) def. Harold Baldwin, Loganville, Ga. (144), 1 up

Ryan Eibner, Dallas, Texas (142) def. Edward Fryatt, England (146), 6 and 4

Miles McConnell, Tampa, Fla. (146) def. Marc France, Plantation, Fla. (143), 19 holes

Scott Anderson, Columbus, Ohio (140) def. Kenneth Cook, Noblesville, Ind. (147), 3 and 2

Kyler Sauer, Valencia, Calif. (144) def. Joseph Benedetti, Playa Vista, Calif. (145), 4 and 3

Derek Busby, Ruston, La. (141) def. Dan Sullivan, Pasadena, Calif. (147), 3 and 2

Danny Simmerman, San Antonio, Texas (143) def. Kenneth Hudson, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (146), 6 and

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