Oct. 6, 2009
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. - Former University of Oklahoma golf All-American Tripp Davis cruised to the round of 16 after a pair of match play victories on Tuesday at the 2009 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at The Kiawah Island Club in Kiawah Island, S.C.
Davis, 42, made quick work in both of his matches, as the former Sooner played just 26 holes over the course of the first and second rounds at the USGA championship.
The Norman, Okla., resident posted a 5 and 4 win over Freeman Fite (Anniston, Ala.) during Tuesday's morning action, before returning to the links later in the day in a 7 and 6 blasting of Craig Cyr (Concord, N.H.).
The 7 and 6 final marked the largest margin of defeat during the second round.
Davis was +1 during his 14-hole first round against Fite, but carded six birdies in an eight-hole stretch during afternoon play for the easy victory that ended with Davis matching Cyr's birdie effort at the 385-yard, par-4 12th hole. Davis is 5-under during his 26 holes of match play, with seven birdies against just two bogeys.
Fellow Oklahoma golfer Doug Manor dropped a 3 and 1 decision to third-seeded Robert Gerwin during the first round of match play on Tuesday.
Davis returns to the links Wednesday morning for a match up against No. 21 seed Andrew Medley of Scottsdale, Ariz. Medley advanced to the round of 16 with a 1-up and 2 and 1 victory on Tuesday.