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Playoff Remains to Decide Match Play for 113th Met Am

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (July 30, 2015) – Despite a pair of weather delays during Thursday’s on-site qualifying for the 113th Met Amateur, the 67-man field was able to complete 36 holes of stroke play on Baltusrol’s Upper Course just as dusk settled. However, the 16 positions for match play are not yet final, as an 8-for-3 playoff will be contested on Friday morning, teeing off at 7:30 a.m. The playoff will take place on hole Nos. 1 and 18. Match play will begin immediately after the final three spots are claimed.

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Luke Feehan of Mahopac and Luke Graboyes of Twin Brooks share medalist honors with matching scores of 3-under 139. Feehan will take the overall No. 1 seed in match play, earning the tie-breaker as he held the lower afternoon round between the two.

“I really had control of my golf ball today,” said Feehan. “I drove the ball exceptionally well in the first round and really hit a lot of quality iron shots to give myself great looks at birdie.”

Feehan opened with an even-par 71 in the morning, then matched the day’s low round with 68 in the afternoon. Baltusrol’s own Gregg Angelillo carded the other 68, holding the lead following the opening 18 holes of play.

Just as every group had teed off in their second round, thunderstorms and heavy rain caused an hour-and-a-half delay. It was the second interruption of the day, as an earlier downpour halted play for just over 20 minutes.

While Feehan had a couple of quick bogeys early in his second round, he found his swing and made five birdies in his final 11 holes. “I got off to a bit of a rough start with the crazy weather that ensued, but was able to grind back,” Feehan reported. “It was a sprint to get off the course.” The final groups were able to finish play shortly after sunset.

Feehan admitted that he favors match play, referencing his win at the Westchester Amateur earlier this year in the same format. “I’m just really excited to get into match play. It’s probably my favorite format. Getting the top seed was a bonus. I enjoy the ability to really be aggressive and not think about making a score.”

Graboyes was one of three players to card two under-par rounds on the day, firing 69-70 to match Feehan. The Cornell golfer had six birdies in his morning round, but also carded a pair of bogeys along with a double. Graboyes produced a steadier round in the afternoon, recording three birdies to one bogey to the co-medalist honors.

Jared Mactas of Paramount and Sam Bernstein of Century each tallied 140 totals, each shooting 1-under 70 for both rounds to tie for third. Mactas carded five birdies and an eagle in the second round, but also scattered in six bogeys for his second 70 of the day.

Kieran Purcell and Ryan Snouffer, each of Essex County, matched scores of 141 to tie for fifth. Former USC golfer Stewart Hagestad shot 71-72 for solo seventh place, while Kyle Brey of Bethpage and Angelillo each finished at 144 to share eighth. For Angelillo, his first-ever Met Amateur is a meaningful one being at his home club. “It was on my calendar when I found out it was going to be here and I really focused on it a lot,” he expressed. “I feel like I should represent our club in this tournament. It was a goal of mine, so I’m really happy to be here.”

Following Friday’s playoff, two rounds of match play are scheduled. The championship continues with semifinal play on Saturday, and is scheduled to finish on Sunday with a 36-hole championship match.

The MGA will have live hole-by-hole scoring for each match for the remainder of the championship.

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