Faulconer tops qualifying for SC Match Play championship

Throw out the way you used to think about the Carolinas Golf Association’s South Carolina Match Play championship because it is different this year.

Winthrop’s Ian Faulconor, from Greenville, shot a 7-under par 65 to earn medalist honors in qualifying at the Rock Hill Country Club. (CGA Photo)

The traditional 36 hole qualifying tournament to seed the field is no longer a part of the championship.

It has been replaced by a single qualifying round to fill out the 64 player field.

This year, it will not be the #1 seed versus #64, Instead, the 64 qualifying golfers will be broken into 16 groups of 4.

These groups will play three matches within the group earning a point for a win and a half point for a tie.

When the 54 holes are completed the points leader in each of the 16 groups will advance to single elimination competition on Saturday and Sunday.

The format is the same as the PGA Tour uses for the WGC Match Play championship.

Winthrop golfer Ian Faulconor, from Greenville, shot a 7-under par 65 at the Rock Hill Country Club to be the medalist of the qualifying tournament.

USC Upstate’s Brady Hinkle from Lancaster and Tyler Macoly from Spartanburg each shot 3-under par 69s to tie for second.

CGA SC Match Play Qualifying Round Scores

CGA SC Match Play Group Play starting times

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