Medalist Stephen Behr won his round of 64 match at the USGA Mid-Am championship being played at the Country Club of Charlotte.
Behr fell behind Jeffery Osberg from Pennsylvania early in their match. The former Clemson All-American evened the match on the front nine and pulled away for the win on the back nine.
The qualifying medalist advanced to the round of 32 with a 3&2 victory.
Behr will face #33 Samuel Echikson of Belgium in the second round starting at 7:45 am.
A pair of former Winthrop University golfers had mixed results in the opening round of match play.
Thomas Todd from Laurens was knocked out of the tournament in 19 holes by Broc Haymen from Texas.
Todd’s former college teammate Jordan Sease of Columbia won his match to face Sam O’Dell of West Virginia.
Sease won his round of 64 match against Kyle Downey from New York 8&6.
At the USGA Women’s Mid-Am three Greenville golfers advanced to match play, but after the opening round only one remained in the field.
Lea Venable, who was seeded 49th had a comfortable win over Megan Buck of Arizona 5&4.
The six time Greenville Ladies champion will face 17th seeded Jordan Craig-Nyiri in a round of 32 match.
Thornblade Club golfer Dawn Woodard lost her match to Ana Alicia Malagon of Mexico 1 Up.
Emily Rapp was defeated by Tara Joy-Connelly from Florida 2&1.
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