Derby In Playoff For Spot In U.S. Amateur Match Play

Aug. 19, 2008

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. - Former Loyola College men's golfer Chris Derby will be one of 26 players participating in a Wednesday morning playoff for the final two spots in match play at the 108th U.S. Amateur Championship at Pinehurst's No. 2 and No. 4 courses.

Derby, who shot 1-over par, 71, on Pinehurst No. 2 to finish two rounds of stroke play at 5-over par, 145, and tie for 63rd. The 2008 Loyola graduate and co-captain of the Greyhounds' Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title team this spring will join 25 others in a playoff for the two spots, beginning at 7:30 a.m. on the No. 4 course.

The two players who emerge from the playoff will advance to the 64-man match play field and will face either Robbie Fillmore or Wesley Bryan in the first round. Fillmore led all golfers at 5-under, while Bryan was one of three golfers to fire a two-round total of 4-under.

After finishing the front nine on the No.2 two course at 2-over today, Derby birded the 607-yard, par-5 10th hole, then birdied the par-4 12th. He strung together six-straight pars to close his round.

Derby's 2008 teammate and fellow co-captain, Matt Bassler, did not fare as well on his back nine today.

Bassler started on the back nine of the No. 4 course, playing it to 1-over-par. He was 3-over for the round through 15 holes, but he posted a triple-bogey on his 16th hole of the afternoon. Bassler finished stroke play tied for 185 at 10-over par.

T.J. Shuart, a 2006 Loyola graduate who was in the top 50 after day one following a round of 2-over-par, fell to a tie for 89th with a two round total of 6-over par. Shuart will compete in his second USGA Championship next month when he plays the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.