U.S. Amateur: Flores Wins First Round Match; Francis Eliminated

Aug. 20, 2008

UCLA senior Erik Flores advanced to the second round of match play while sophomore Philip Francis was eliminated at the 108th U.S. Amateur at the Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina.

Earlier on Wednesday, Flores won 3&2 over Mark Anderson of Beaufort, SC. Flores never trailed and was 3-up after making a birdie at the par 5 fifth hole. He began the day with four straight pars, while Anderson bogeyed the first and third holes. Anderson briefly cut the lead to two when Flores double-bogeyed the 11th, but lost the match at the 16th with a bogey to Flores' par.

Francis lost 2-up to Kevin Tway in the first round. The UCLA returnee was 2-up at the 11th before Tway heated up and played the final six holes in two-under par, including a match-clinching birdie on the 18th hole. Francis, playing in his first U.S. Amateur, was two-over par on his final six holes.

Both players easily made the cut after Tuesday's round. Flores posted a second round score of 66 (-4) at the No.4 course, recording an eagle, four birdies and two bogeys on a course where the field averaged 74.1. He tied for fifth place in stroke play.

Francis carded a second straight 71 (+1) on the No. 2 course to tie for 25th place at 142 (+2). On Tuesday, Pinehurst No.2 yielded an average of 74.7 strokes per round.

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