OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (Aug. 19, 2015) – After securing a spot in match play via a playoff earlier in the day, ETSU senior Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) couldn’t advance as the Buccaneer leader dropped his match to Maverick Antcliff 1-up on Wednesday evening at the 115th U.S. Amateur Championship from Olympia Fields Country Club.
Following stroke play, 18 golfers moved to a playoff to claim 10 open spots for match play. Meronk secured his position by recording a birdie on the par-5, 539-yard 18th.
Unfortunately, after getting off to a strong start in his match against Antcliff, Meronk couldn’t hold off the Augusta, Ga., native.
Meronk went 3-up after winning three of the first five holes, but Antcliff moved within one by claiming the par-5 No. 6 and the par-4 No. 9. From there, Meronk remained 1-up until Antcliff pulled all-square with his par putt on the par-4 12th; however, the Buccaneer All-American quickly went back up one by registering a birdie on the par-4 14th. Meronk’s lead vanished when Antcliff won consecutive holes on No. 16 and 17, while both golfers parred the par-4 18th to conclude the match.
Antcliff advanced to the round of 32 and faces Maverick McNealy Thursday morning at 9:40 a.m. (EDT).
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