Allison Park golfer upsets No. 1 seed at U.S. Amateur
No. 64 seed Nathan Smith, a Brookville native and Allison Park resident, pulled the upset of the day in the first round of the U.S. Amateur at Atlanta Athletic Club. Smith bested stroke-play co-medalist and No. 1 seed Lee McCoy, of Clarkesville, Ga., in 19 holes.
Smith, 36, a four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, earned one of the final four qualifying spots for match play by advancing through a 17-man playoff Wednesday morning.
He holed a three-foot par putt for a match-clinching sand save on the 19th hole to post his first U.S. Amateur match-play victory since 2005.
“It was kind of nothing to lose and I just got lucky,” Smith told the USGA. “I played well.”
Allegheny Township's Will Betts, 21, advanced to match play in his first U.S. Amateur appearance but fell, 3 & 2, to Eli Cole of Los Angeles in the first round.
The rounds of 32 and 16 will be played Thursday and will reveal Friday's quarterfinalists.