Pair qualify for U.S. Amateur

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In Columbia, North Augusta’s Matt NeSmith and Augusta’s Lee Knox were among the four players who qualified for next month's U.S. Amateur on Wednesday at Columbia Country Club.

NeSmith finished third after rounds of 69-68 while Knox shot 68-71 and finished in a three-way tie for the fourth and final spot. In a playoff, Knox beat Todd White and Jordan Byrd for the spot.

Augusta’s Dykes Harbin shot 72-68 and missed the playoff for the fourth spot by a shot.

Brian Carter, of Evans, tied for 15th place after rounds of 71-73.

The U.S. Amateur will be played Aug. 12-18 in Brookline, Mass., at The Country Club.

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