U.S. Amateur: Flores Wins First Round Match; Francis Eliminated
Aug. 20, 2008
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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