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Allison Park golfer upsets No. 1 seed at U.S. Amateur

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Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, 7:12 p.m.

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.

Bill Beckner Jr. is the local sports editor of the Valley News Dispatch. Reach him at or via Twitter @BillBeckner.

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