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Head Men's Golf Coach Scott Hardy Advances to Semis of US Mid-Amateur

Sept. 13, 2006

Flagstaff, AZ - Saint Mary's head men's golf coach Scott Hardy advanced to the semifinals of the United States Mid-Amateur championship before falling to Dave Womack in 19 holes on Wednesday from the Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Arizona. Hardy was the 28th seed after stroke play and posted a 4-1 record in the match play part of the event.

In a field of 237 players, SMC's Scott Hardy posted a 36-hole score of 145 (+3) to finish tied for 22nd in the stroke play portion of the tournament. Hardy posted a first round score of 76, before shooting a 3-under 69 in the second round to advance to the match play field of 64 players.

Hardy, the 28th-seed and was paired against Terrence Miskell of New Braunfells, Texas, the 37th-seed. Hardy defeated Miskell 2 and 1 to advance to a second round match against Kevin Marsh of Las Vegas, where he posted a 3 and 1 win over Marsh.

In the third round, Hardy was paired against Patrick Carrigan of Walnut Creek, who was the 12th seed following a 36-hole stroke play score of 143 (-1). The match between Hardy and Carrigan would go on to two extra holes where Hardy made to 60-foot put on the 20th hole to put away Carrigan, advancing to Tuesday's match against Alan Bratton of Stillwater Oklahoma.

Hardy defeated Bratton by a score of 4 and 2 and only trailed after two holes. Bratton birdied the first hole to take a 1up advantage, but Hardy's birdie on the par-5 third hole evened the match. Back-to-back birdies on the par-5 fifth and par-4 sixth had Hardy leading by two holes, a lead he would never relinquish. Hardy went up by three with a birdie on the tenth hole and then closed out Bratton with a birdie on 16, advancing to the semifinals against Womack.

Hardy and Womack battled for 19 holes with neither player taking more than a 1up advantage. Hardy took an early lead with a birdie on the first hole, only to see Womack even the match with a par on the third hole. Womack took a 1up lead with a birdie five, but Hardy answered with a birdie of his own on the sixth hole.

The match remained all square until the 10th hole when Hardy made his seventh straight par. The match was even after 12 holes when Womack dropped in his second birdie of the round. Hardy took the lead in the match for the third time when he pared the par-5 15th hole.

Womack evened the match on the 17th hole with a birdie three and then closed out the match on the 19th hole when he dropped a 20-foot birdie putt to defeat Hardy and advance to the final against Ryan Hybl, the second seed who defeated Carlton Forrester in 25 holes.