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Barry goes wide right, misses match play

Most golfers relish a repeatable swing.

But not Mike Barry, at least not Wednesday morning in a playoff to get into match play in the 109th U.S. Amateur at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.

Barry, trying to become one of four players in a 27-man field to advance to the 64-man bracket, pushed his tee shot to the right on the opening par 3, didn't get up and down and was ousted with a bogey.

The tee shot resembled the one he hit in stroke-play qualifying on Monday on the long 14th hole, where he also made bogey.

Six foursomes and a threesome rotated through the first hole. Barry was in the first group.

"I think it was a good spot," Barry, 22, said of going early. "No one had been on the green all day. If I hit the green, I would have had a good look at birdie. But I hit a horrible, horrible shot."

He got a good lie in the rough, the ball sitting up so as to make it easier to impart spin on his chip shot.

"I figured I'd get a lot of spin, but it came out a little high on the club face and came up a little short," said Barry.

Barry didn't dwell on the shot the night before, he said, and used his 4-iron extensively on the practice range warming up. That was the club he used Monday, but the tees this time were moved 10 yards up and there was no headwind.

He tried to draw a 5-iron into the green but it didn't turn.

"My shot on Monday was worse," he said. "I don't know if it was bad vibes on that hole or what. It's a pretty good par 3. There's nothing really tricky about it, but it's got some distance and it's pretty guarded by some bunkers. You have to hit a solid shot. I missed mine and I paid the consequences."

Two players, Brenton Flynn and Tyson Alexander, birdied the hole and immediately graduated to match play. Eleven made par and continued on for the final two spots, with Justin Bardgett and John Kostis emerging.

Fourteen were eliminated on the first hole with bogey or worse.

Barry and the others made it into the playoff by tying for 61st after 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying.

Barry shot 8-over 78 on Monday at Southern Hills, and even-par 70 at the Cedar Ridge Country Club on Tuesday.

On the one hand, he's kicking himself for incurring a two-stroke penalty on the 18th green Monday. He moved his mark from the path of a playing partner, then forgot to replace it.

On the other hand, he's proud of how he fought back to get into the playoff.

"Every time you get in experiences where you're under pressure in front of a lot of people like that, it prepares you to do better the next time," he said.

Barry planned to return Wednesday to his home in Corvallis, where he's a senior member of the Oregon State golf team. He won't compete in the Rogue Valley Stroke Play Championships this weekend at Centennial Golf Club, but he is entered in the Southern Oregon Golf Tournament next week at Rogue Valley Country Club.

Barry, the SOGT men's regular division defending champion, will attempt to become the first player in the event's 80 years to win three straight men's regular titles.

U.S. Amateur Results


Tim Jackson, Germantown, Tenn. (140) def. John Kostis, Paradise Valley, Ariz. (148), 5 and 4

Charlie Holland, Dallas (146) def. Morgan Hoffmann, Saddle Brook, N.J. (146), 19 holes

Christopher Ross, Canada (147) def. Corey Nagy, Charlotte, N.C. (144), 5 and 4

Travis Woolf, Fort Worth, Texas (144) def. Brady Johnson, Canada (147), 4 and 3

Peter Uihlein, Orlando, Fla. (147) def. James Sacheck, The Woodlands, Texas (142), 19 holes

Connor Driscoll, Encinitas, Calif. (146) def. Jonathan Randolph, Brandon, Miss. (145), 3 and 1

Dodge Kemmer, Wichita, Kan. (147) def. Eric Steger, Noblesville, Ind. (143), 6 and 5

Connor Arendell, Cape Coral, Fla. (146) def. David Chung, Fayetteville, N.C. (145), 2 and 1

Ben Martin, Greenwood, S.C. (141) def. Tyson Alexander, Gainesville, Fla. (148), 21 holes

Chris Ward, McKinney, Texas (146) def. Brian Harman, Savannah, Ga. (145), 19 holes

Nico Geyger, Chile (143) def. Derek Ernst, Clovis, Calif. (147), 1 up

Matt Smith, Australia (147) def. Andrew Funk, Scottsdale, Ariz. (145), 4 and 3

Bud Cauley, Jacksonville, Fla. (142) def. Rickie Fowler, Murrieta, Calif. (147), 3 and 1

David Lingmerth, Sweden (145) def. Scott Strohmeyer, Auburn, Ala. (146), 3 and 2

Cameron Tringale, Laguna Niguel, Calif. (143) def. John Peterson, Fort Worth, Texas (147), 2 up

Bronson Burgoon, The Woodlands, Texas (146) def. Joe Juszczyk, Dearborn Heights, Mich. (145), 5 and 4

Mark Anderson, Beaufort, S.C. (141) def. Justin Bardgett, Chesterfield, Mo. (148), 2 up

Zach Barlow, Percy, Ill. (145) def. Nathan Smith, Pittsburgh (146), 2 up

Phillip Mollica, Anderson, S.C. (147) def. Travis Ross, Crookston, Minn. (144), 2 up

Cameron Wilson, Rowayton, Conn. (144) def. Matt Thompson, Battle Creek, Mich. (147), 19 holes

Scott Langley, St. Louis (142) def. David Sheman, Canada (147), 2 and 1

Marcel Puyat, Philippines (145) def. Fielding Brewbaker, Salem, Va. (146), 3 and 1

Brad Revell, Canada (147) def. Matthew Broome, Barrington, R.I. (143), 19 holes

Bhavik Patel, Bakersfield, Calif. (145) def. Patrick Rada, Anderson, S.C. (146), 3 and 2

Will Strickler, Gainesville, Fla. (141) def. Brenton Flynn, Nashville, Tenn. (148), 2 and 1

Steve Ziegler, Broomfield, Colo. (145) def. Jackson Beindorf, Vero Beach, Fla. (146), 5 and 3

Dan Woltman, Beaver Dam, Wis. (144) def. Talor Gooch, Midwest City, Okla. (147), 3 and 2

Glenn Northcutt, Dothan, Ala. (147) def. Jonathan Fly, Memphis, Tenn. (144), 2 and 1

Trent Whitekiller, Sallisaw, Okla. (142) def. Wesley Bryan, Chapin, S.C. (147), 19 holes

Mike Van Sickle, Wexford, Pa. (145) def. John Murphy, Wilton, Conn. (146), 6 and 4

Brett Kanda, La Crescenta, Calif. (147) def. Kevin Tway, Edmond, Okla. (143), 1 up

Byeong-Hun An, South Korea (145) def. Alex Moon, Dallas (146), 2 and 1

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