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Franks advances to Match Play at the US Am

Gamecock rising sophomore Nathan Franks finished the two rounds of qualifying for the US Amateur in a tie for 14th place and will begin Match Play in the round of 64 on Wednesday. (USGA Photo)

Fresh off a runner-up finish in the South Carolina Golf Association ‘s Amateur, Nathan Franks has played his way into the Match Play bracket at the US Amateur.

Much like he did in the state-am, Franks put together two steady and solid rounds.

He finished in a 7-way tie for 14th place after the final qualifying round in which over 300 golfers were trying to advance to the final 64.

Nathan Franks from Roebuck shot qualifying rounds of 71 and 71 to earn a spot in the USGA Amateur’s Match Play bracket. (GolfClub Photo)

After the first round, the rising sophomore at South Carolina was tied for 32nd.

In the second round, the Dorman High School grad birdied his first two-holes and finished at even par to stand at 1-over par at the end of the qualifying portion of the championship.

After his second place finish in the SCGA Am at the Dunes Club in Myrtle Beach Franks believed his play in the state championship would help him when he got to the US Am.

“I played well. This is a very hard golf course and I was able to do some good things. Finishing under par here is going to give me some confidence when I play in the US Amateur in a couple of weeks,” said Franks at the completion of the SCGA Amateur.

The 64 player bracket will not be finalized until a 15 player for 11 spot playoff is completed before the first round of match play can begin.

Two other golfers with South Carolina connections missed the cut.

SCGA Amateur champion Zach Adams, an incoming freshman at USC, shot a second round even par 71 on Tuesday, but a first round that was 10 shots higher kept him from moving up into the top 64.

Greenville’s William Jennings also missed the cut. The Christ Church High School golfer shot two rounds of 79 to fall below the cut line of 7-over par.

Four golfers tied for medalist honors each shooting a two-day total of 3-under par.

2022 NCAA Champion Gordon Sargent from Vanderbilt is one of the golfers tied for the top spot entering Match Play

USGA Amateur scores and Match Play bracket https://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/championships/2022/u-s–amateur.html#!scoring

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