United States Amateur Match Play Championship: Final Four and Finals Update
When I last left you, we were all waiting on one of the premier matches in the bracket to conclude in order to decide our final four. Let’s catch up on what happened…
- Hladick sizzles to final four: Mike Hladick and Joe Mercieri were the last match of the Elite 8 to play, and this match was worth the wait! Both guys shot their own personal bests, with Mike outlasting Joe to win 1up, punching his ticket to the final four.
Our final four consisted of players all representing different New England Team Challenge Teams. At the beginning of this bracket, The Bombers, Billygoats, Dacey Owls and Team RI were all represented, and it is pretty cool that one representative of each time made it to the final four! Members of all of these teams frequent Dacey leagues, so it was excellent to see all four teams represented in the Final Four! All four teams should be proud of their guy for representing them well!
THE FINAL FOUR:
- For the herd!: In our first match of the final four, Pete Violet of the Billygoats topped Dacey’s Scott Groome 3&1.
- Hladick stays hot: After putting up a personal best against Joe in a nailbiter in the Elite Eight, Mike roared into the Final Four against Jarji Mosi of the Bombers. Mike continued his hot play, besting Jarji 6&5. The RI Anchor sunk another opponent en route to the finals!
- Third place is up for grabs: Although Scott and Jarji’s quest for Emporia has come to an end, there is still a trophy available for third place. Owl v Bomber for a trophy- make it happen!
Our Finals came down Pete v Mike. Let’s do a quick recap of their roads to the finals…
Mike had beaten his opponents by a combined 11 holes, an impressive run considering in every match he faced a Team Challenge player.
Pete had beaten his opponents by a combined 11 holes as well. He also had the second largest margin of victory in the bracket, winning his Elite Eight match 7&5.
Our final was played on Thursday, April 26th…two men entered, one emerged victorious…
Congratulations to Pete Violet!
Our champion is Pete! Pete saved his best for last, throwing his own personal best 55 to lift him to a 2up victory over Mike. Pete will be the representative from the Dacey bracket going to regional finals for a chance to win a trip to Emporia!
In charge of regional finals is PDGA State Coordinator Bob Kulchuk, who will be taking it from here. Best of luck to you Pete as you continue your quest to Emporia!
Thanks to all the players for playing!
You can view the entire bracket by clicking here.