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Phillips brothers advance to round of 32

Trevor Phillips won his opening match at the US Amateur. Phillips beat US Junior Amateur champion Michael Thorbjornsen to advance. (USGA Photo)

Trevor and Trent Phillips from Boiling Spring have advanced to the round of 32 at the UAS Amateur championship at Pebble Beach.

Trevor Phillips, who shared the first round lead in stroke play, bounced back from a difficult day in the second round of stroke play to post a convincing win in the first round of match play.

The University of Georgia golfer topped Michael Thorbjornsen of Massachusetts 4&3 to advance.

Thorbjornsen won the US Junior Amateur a few weeks ago, but Phillips put the 16 year old away on the back nine. The Spartanburg County Amateur champion won four of the first six holes after the turn to win the match.

Trevor’s younger brother Trent beat University of North Florida golfer Riley Elmes 3&2. Phillips held a 3-up lead going to the back nine at Pebble Beach. Elmes birdied the 11th hole to cut the margin to two, but Phillips won the 15th and 16th holes to take the victory.

The third golfer with Carolina ties, Gamecock golfer Ryan Stachler, lost his first round match to Andrew Alligood from Florida. Stachler forced the third seed into a 19th hole before he was eliminated.

Trent Phillips opponent in the round of 32 is familiar to the three time SCJGA Player of the Year. William Mouw of California will match up with Phillips at 9:20 PDT.

Mouw and Phillips played in the second round of the US Junior Amateur a few weeks ago at Baltusral. Phillips won the match 5&3.

Trevor Phillips will have an 8:40 PDT tee time to play Stanford golfer Isaiah Salinda.

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