Erdy Posts Runner-up Finish at North & South Amateur Championship
July 2, 2011
PINEHURST, N.C. - Indiana rising senior David Erdy put together an impressive run to the finale of the 111th North & South Amateur Championship this week at the famed Pinehurst No. 2, before falling 5 and 4 in the 36-hole championship match on Saturday to Jack Fields.
Erdy was among 64 players invited to the prestigious match-play event and the Boonville, Ind. native was seeded 24th. The field also included rising sophomore David Mills. Past champions of the tournament include the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Hal Sutton, Corey Pavin, Curtis Strange, and Davis Love III.
Erdy advanced past the first two rounds in dominant fashion, recording a 9 and 7 win over Leyton Hardwick, followed by a 7 and 5 triumph over Kelly Miller. The momentum continued in the third round, as Erdy won the opening hole against eighth seed T.J. Bordeaux and never relinquished the lead, winning 1-up.
The quarterfinals on Friday featured a matchup with defending champion and top-seeded Donald Constable. Erdy seized control early on and built a 5-up lead at the turn. He kept up the steady play on the back nine with five straight pars to pick up the 5 and 4 victory.
Erdy trailed by one after nine holes in the semifinals against fourth seed Brad Benjamin, but birdies on 10 and 12 gave the All-Big Ten performer the lead and he held on for the 2 and 1 win.
The 36-hole final on Saturday kicked off with a hot start from Erdy, as he gained a 3-up advantage through the opening four holes. The lead lasted for the duration of the first 18 holes, before the 10th seeded Fields evened things up on the 37th hole with a par. Fields added three birdies during the next seven holes to grab a 3-up lead and he would go on to the 5 and 4 win.
Mills, seeded 60th, advanced to the second round after upsetting fifth seed Anthony Paolucci 2-up in the opening match. Mills' first round scorecard featured seven birdies, including four on the back nine. Mills was defeated in the second round by 37th seed Preston Dembowiak, 4 and 2.
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