Resorters: Top dogs remain in loaded Men’s Executive field, Low seeds look to dethrone defending champion
Men's Executive second round match play recap.
The final two days of the Men’s Executive match play tournament are shaping up to be riveting.
After two rounds, six of the top eight seeds remain in a packed field of golfers.
One of those men is Troy Johnson, the three-time defending champion. While he looks sharp as ever, competitors such as Bryan Hoops, Dan Johnson, Chad Bisson and more look to knock off the king.
Hoops and Andrew Petersen advanced to the quarterfinal round while golfing out of the same cart. They will go head-to-head on Friday afternoon in the first pairing starting on hole No. 1. Dan Johnson looks to keep his blazing pace up when he takes on Daryl Schomer. Schomer upset fifth-seeded Patrick Sieve on Thursday by a score of 3-2.
In a field of low seeds, there’s one underdog story left. Breton Stout, the 23rd-seed, will get a chance to take down Troy Johson on Friday after beating Dave Fingalsen 3-1. Joe Sauer and Chad Bisson held true to their previous three rounds to advance as well.
Here’s how the Men’s Executive tournament looks after Thursday’s matches.
Hoops def. Champlin, 6-5
Bryan Hoops has been on a roll through the first two rounds of match play, and a comeback effort from Herbie Champlin couldn’t derail his course.
Hoops made par on the first four holes of the day to go up by three. That was before a pair of bogeys and a couple of pars and a birdie from Champlin cut the lead to one. On No. 8, Hoops birdied to go 2-up before a par on No. 9 increased the lead to three.
The back nine was all Hoops. Two birdies and two pars put Champlin’s chances out of reach. Hoops finished the round two-under-par through 13 holes.
Petersen def. Paulsen, 4-3
A shaky start didn’t deter Andy Petersen from taking care of business against Nick Paulsen.
Petersen trailed by one after four holes with two pars and a pair of bogeys on the scorecard. He then sank back-to-back birdies on Nos. 5 and 6 before another on 8 to take a three-hole advantage to the turn.
Petersen didn’t let Paulsen back into the match. He shot an even-par six holes on the back nine to take home a 4-3 victory. Peterson finished 1-under-par through 15 holes played.
Dan Johnson def. Heimsness, 8-7
Dan Johnson cruised through his second round match against Eric Heimsness on his way to an 8-7 victory.
Johnson birdied the first hole before adding another on No. 6. Despite a pair of bogeys on Nos. 7 and 10, Heimsness struggled to capitalize on them– leading to Johnson’s dominant victory. Johnson was even-par through the 11 played holes on Thursday afternoon.
Schomer def. Sieve, 4-2
Daryl Schomer struggled to pull away from Patrick Sieve early on, but a flawless back nine punched his ticket to the quarterfinals.
Schomer birdied No. 1 before a par on No. 2 gave him a two-hole advantage. Sieve got one back with a par on No. 4 before Schomer’s birdie on No. 5 doubled the lead again. Sieve was able to cut the lead to one two more times before the turn, once with a birdie on No. 8.
Schomer parred the first four holes on the back nine but didn’t make up any ground. Sieve bogeyed No. 10 before birdying No. 12. Schoemer got in on the birdie action on Nos. 14 and 15 to take a three-hole advantage. His par on No.16 clinched the win.
Troy Johnson def. Marlow, 6-5
Troy Johnson continued his mastery of AGC Thursday, closing out his match against Chad Marlow after just 13 holes.
The second seed, Johnson didn’t lose a single hole to Marlow. He jumped out early with a birdie win on No. 2 and followed it with a par win on No. 3. Johnson added two more holes to his lead on the front nine, Nos. 5 and 7 with pars, to go 4-up at the turn.
Marlow could only match Johnson’s pars on the next two holes before Johnson notched a birdie win on No. 12 and also took No. 13 for a 6-5 victory.
Stout def. Fingalsen, 3-1
Breton Stout built a solid lead in the early going but then had to fend off a furious comeback on the back nine to edge Dave Fingalsen, 3-1.
Stout, the 23rd seed, won five of the first six holes, dropping only No. 2 to Fingalsen’s par. Stout’s streak was highlighted by a birdie and four pars.
Up by five at the turn, Stout appeared to be headed for a quick victory, especially when he added a bogey win on No. 10. But Fingalsen, the 26th seed, wasn’t through yet.
Fingalsen won No. 11 with par, No. 12 with bogey and No. 13 with par to slash the lead in half. After halving No. 14, Fingalsen pulled to within two with a par win on No. 15. But Stout hung tough, matching Fingalsen’s bogey on No. 16 and taking No. 17 to seal a 3-1 victory.
Sauer def. Heimerman, 4-3
A strong start – winning four of the first six holes – propelled Joe Sauer to a 4-3 victory over Tom Heimerman.
Sauer took the first lead with a par win on No. 2. Heimerman answered with a par win on No. 3 but then it was Sauer’s turn. He reeled off three straight wins, taking Nos. 4, 5 and 6 with bogey, par, birdie.
Suddenly down by three, Heimerman drew closer with a par win on the 8th hole but Sauer came right back with a par on No. 9 to go 3-up at the turn. Sauer added a birdie win on No. 10 but Heimerman made things interesting again with a birdie on No. 12 to slice the lead back to three.
After swapping pars on No. 13, Sauer added another birdie win on No. 14 and matched Heimerman’s par on 15 to seal a 4-3 win.
Bisson def. Cota, 2-1
In one of the division’s closest matches of the day, sixth-seeded Chad Bisson outlasted 11th-seed Jeffry Cota to win 2-1.
Bisson won three holes on the front – Nos. 1, 8 and 9 with pars. Cota was held to just one win, a par on No. 5.
Ahead by two at the turn, Bisson doubled his lead with par wins on Nos. 11 and 12 but Cota came back, winning No. 12 with an eagle and No. 13 with par to slice the lead to two.
Bisson took No. 14 with par but Cota’s birdie won the next hole. The match ended after 17 holes, giving Bisson a 2-1 victory.