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Brandon Matthews chips on to the green at the second hole of the championship round of the Allen Tournament last summer. This year, he's taken his game to the sport's biggest stage for non-professionals, advancing to the match play portion of the U.S. Amateur Championship in Brookline, Mass.
Brandon Matthews chips on to the green at the second hole of the championship round of the Allen Tournament last summer. This year, he's taken his game to the sport's biggest stage for non-professionals, advancing to the match play portion of the U.S. Amateur Championship in Brookline, Mass.
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After a strong 1-under-par 69 first round at Charles River Country Club on Monday in the 113th U.S. Amateur Championship, Dupont native Brandon Matthews advanced to the match play portion of the tournament Tuesday, shooting 2-over 72 in his final round at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.


With a two-round total of 141, Matthews finished in a tie for 20th after the stroke play portion of the tournament. There were 312 golfers on the Boston-area courses, with the top 64 after two rounds of stroke play moving on to the match play showdowns.


“I didn’t hit it that great today, but I made some good saves,” Matthews said via phone Tuesday evening. “My short game and putting has been good, but I’m still not 100 percent pleased with the way I’m hitting it.”


The Pittston Area High School alum dominated the par 5s, birdieing three of four in the two rounds to help him advance to match play.


The match play brackets start today at The Country Club. Despite a few miscues at The Country Club on Tuesday, Matthews is comfortable with the course.


“I think it’s a great golf course, and it fits my game pretty well,” Matthews said. “I had a hiccup on the first and a couple bogies that shouldn’t have been bogies.”


He had a double-bogey on the 483-yard first hole Tuesday and a bogey the 184-yard par-3 second, then went 1-under the rest of the way to cruise past the cut. On top of liking the course, Matthews said he loves the match play format, because it complements the way he plays the game.


“You can make a mistake and only be one hole down,” Matthews said. “I like to be aggressive, and I think match play frees me up some more.”


Matthews said he is happy with the way he has played this summer, and feels comfortable heading into the match play event.


“Match play can go either way with how fortunate and unfortunate you can get,” Matthews said. “If my striking improves a little bit it could turn into a pretty good week.”


Off the course, the Temple University student likes Boston, but said it’s a bit different from the City of Brotherly Love.


“It’s nice up here,” Matthews said. “It’s a little tougher to get around, but it is nice.”


Matthews will face off against Matt Pinizzotto from Salinis, Calif., at 10:40 a.m. today at The Country Club for a chance to advance to the round of 32 Thursday. There will be two rounds of match play Thursday, then single rounds Friday and Saturday, leading to Sunday’s championship.


Just missing the cut was Moscow’s Nicholas Reach, who placed in a tie for 67th at 5-over. Stretches of five bogeys over 11 holes Monday and four in eight holes Tuesday were enough to keep Reach from advancing to match play. His 145 was one stroke from qualifying for a tiebreaker to enter the field of 64.


 
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