Marsh advances to U.S. Mid-Amateur quarters

Birmingham, AL ( - Kevin Marsh won a pair of matches on Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.

Marsh, who won this event in 2005, took down defending champion Nathan Smith, 2 & 1, in the round of 32 before outlasting Keith Unikel, 1-up, in the round of 16. Marsh earned a quarterfinal showdown with Ken Tanigawa, a 1-up winner over Scott Harvey in the round of 32 and a 4 & 3 victor over Keith Humerickhouse in the round of 16.

Two-time U.S. Mid-Amateur semifinalist Michael McCoy also advanced on Tuesday, taking down Scott Rowe, 4 & 2, in the earlier matches before defeating Zach Atkinson, 2 & 1, in the round of 16. McCoy's quarterfinal opponent will be Bradley Bastion, who ousted Dan Sullivan, 1-up, in the round of 16 after taking his first lead of the match on the 15th hole.

Bill Williamson posted a comfortable, 5 & 4 victory over Joseph Saladino in the round of 16 to earn a quarterfinal date with Matt Schneider, who needed 19 holes to dispatch Craig Smith, 1-up, at the Country Club of Birmingham.

Ken McCready led throughout in a 1-up win over Brad Valois, which earned him a quarterfinal matchup again Todd Mitchell, who was a 3 & 2 victor over John Engler.

The quarterfinals will begin Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. ET, followed by the semifinals later in the day. The championship match will take place on Thursday.


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