Three Hokies advance to match play at State Amateur

Three Virginia Tech golfers advanced to match play at the 104th Virginia State Golf Association Amateur Championship on Wednesday afternoon. The tournament is being played at the 7,061-yard, par 72 Club at Creighton Farms in Aldie, Virginia.

Logan Yates, a rising junior from Ruckersville, Virginia and Ian Hildebrand, a rising senior from Purcellville, Virginia, each posted 3-over 147 and tied for 16th place in the two-day stroke portion of the tournament. Mark Lawrence, a rising junior from Richmond, Virginia, tied for 32nd place at 150. The top 32 players from the field of 132 players advanced to match play.

Lawrence was part of a five-for-one playoff. He won the playoff with a birdie on the first playoff hole. Lawrence was a finalist in 2015 and a semifinalist in last season’s event, played at the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech.

Lawrence will play stroke play medalist Michael Brennan. They will tee off at 8 a.m., in the first pairing of the Round of 32. Next off will be Hildebrand, the 16th seed, against Lee Fisher, the 17th seed, at 8:08 a.m., in the second group of the day. The winners of these first two matches will play each other beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Yates, the 19th seed, will play the 14th seed Sebastian Bonte at 9:44 a.m. The winner of that match will play at 1:30 p.m., against the winner of third seed Drew Brockwell vs. 30th seed Vincent Nadeau.

The quarterfinal and semifinal rounds will be played on Friday and the 36-hole finals will be played on Saturday morning.

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