It took a 20 foot birdie on an extra hole to knock Gamecock rising sophomore Nathan Franks out of the US Amateur.
Franks had won his first match on Thursday before being eliminated in the round of 16 by Georgia Southern’s Ben Carr..
Franks advanced out of the round of 32 with a win over the reigning Australian Amateur champion Connor McKinney.
McKinney held the lead late in the match when he left the door open for Franks with a bogey on the 16th hole.
The Gamecock golfer took the lead with a birdie on the par 5, 585 yard 17th hole and finished up the win with a par on the 18th hole to advance,
Carr’s round of 32 match wasn’t decided until the final hole when his opponent Andrew Von Lossow, a 34 year old from Spokane, Washington bogeyed while Carr parred to win.
In a see-saw match between Franks and Carr, for the right to advance to the quarter finals, Franks battled back from 2 down on the 14th hole to force an extra hole.
On the 19th hole Carr rolled in a 20 foot birdie putt to win the match.
Carr, a fifth year senior at Georgia Southern, was an Honorable Mention All-American last year for the Eagles.
He will face Christopher Newport University golfer Alex Price.
Franks takes a solid summer resume with him back to Columbia to start his second year with the Gamecocks.
Before making the round of 16 at the US Amateur Franks was the runner-up in the SCGA Amateur and was the last golfer from the Carolinas playing in this year’s national championship.
USGA Amateur scores and tee times. https://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/championships/2022/u-s–amateur.html#!scoring
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