BYU junior Robbie Fillmore won the opening round of match play at the U.S. Amateur Championship. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
PINEHURST -- After earning the top finish in the stroke play portion of the U.S. Amateur Championship, BYU’s Robbie Fillmore started strong in the match play division of the tournament with a 3-2 win over Ohio’s Ross Beal.
Match play is a unique form of golf where one golfer is set to play against another, rather than one golfer against the entire field as featured in stroke play. The players compete to win each hole and the golfer who wins the most individual holes wins the overall match against the opponent.
Fillmore won the stroke-play event at 6-under 134 when he closed the second round with a 5-under 65 after completing a 1-under 69 from Monday. By winning the opening round of match play, he became the seventh consecutive stroke play champion to do so.
His next opponent will be Kevin Tway of Oklahoma, the son of former PGA champion Bob Tway. Tway, a sophomore at Oklahoma State University, opened up the first round of match play with a 2-up victory over Arizona’s Philip Francis.
Fillmore has achieved much publicity for having spent two years away from golf to serve an LDS mission to Chile from 2004-2006 and being able to perform well in the U.S. Amateur.