The son of former PGA champion Bob Tway defeated Philip Francis 2-up Wednesday in the first round of match play, winning a matchup of former U.S. junior amateur champions on the renowned No. 2 course at Pinehurst Resort.
"My dad's making me play real smart," Tway said.
Meanwhile, 2007 NCAA medalist Jamie Lovemark is headed home early after being eliminated 1-up by Matt Hill of North Carolina State.
Lovemark, a 20-year-old junior at Southern California, held a 1-up advantage on Hill through 16 holes, before Hill birdied the 17th and parred the 18th to eliminate Lovemark, who earlier this summer at Pinehurst finished second at the North & South Amateur.
Kevin Tway, who won the 2005 U.S. junior amateur, took the lead for good in his match by making par on the 15th while Francis, the 2006 junior amateur winner from UCLA, bogeyed the par-3 hole. The 20-year-old Oklahoma State sophomore then sealed his victory with a birdie at No. 18.
The elder Tway carried his son's clubs around the same course where he tied for 78th at the 2005 U.S. Open and tied for 62ndin 1999.
"He's been through everything, and he can help me out when I get nervous and talk to him," Kevin Tway said.
He advanced to a second-round matchup against Robbie Fillmore, who won the stroke-play portion of the tournament with a total of 6-under-par 134.
Fillmore, a BYU junior who spent two years away from golf while on a Mormon mission, defeated Youngstown State senior Ross Beal, 3 and 2. Beal was one of the two players who emerged Wednesday morning from a 26-person playoff after they were tied at 5-over 145 through 36 holes of stroke play.
Other notables advancing to the round of 32 include:
- Louisville player Derek Fathauer, who defeated Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas 1-up in a matchup of 2007 U.S. Amateur quarterfinalists.
- Brady Exber, a 52-year-old Southern Nevada Golf Hall of Famer who is the oldest player left in the field, outlasted Pepperdine redshirt freshman Josh Anderson in 20 holes.
- Top-ranked amateur Danny Lee had a 4 and 3 victory over 37-year-old investment banker David Bartman.
Augusta's Patrick Reed, seeded No. 62 in the 64-player match play portion of the U.S. Amateur, upset No. 3 Dan Woltman in 19 holes Wednesday at Pinehurst No. 2.
Reed birdied the first sudden death hole to advance to today's second round.
A freshman golfer for the University of Georgia, Reed will face Brady Exber at 9:15 this morning.
With a win, Reed will advance to the afternoon round of 16.