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Schlottman advances to match play at U.S. Amateur; Gilchrest in playoff
Aug. 16, 2016

Ben Schlottman tied for 30th in medal play and tees off at 11 am CT Wednesday in match play
Ben Schlottman tied for 30th in medal play and tees off at 11 am CT Wednesday in match play

AUBURN, Ala. – Junior Ben Schlottman made the 64-player cut to advance to U.S. Amateur match play on Tuesday while senior Matt Gilchrest will participate in a 23-player playoff for eight spots at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Gilchrest tees off on No. 10 at 7:24 am CT Wednesday in the playoff.

Schlottman, an Advance, N.C., native, t-30th at even-par 66-74—140. He averaged 72.57 last season with four top-10 finishes last season after becoming the first freshman in Auburn history to earn honorable mention All-America honors.

Schlottman faces Mario Galiano, who also tied for 30th at 69-71—140, at 11 am CT in the first round of match play.

Gilchrest, a Southlake, Texas, native, made the playoff tying for 57th at 2-over 70-72—142. He carded five birdies on the day on Nos. 1, 6 and 7 on the front nine and 12 and 14 on the back.

A first-team All-SEC selection as a sophomore, Gilchrest averaged 72.43 last season with five top-10 finishes including a career-best third at the SEC Championship, and was also named an Academic Top Tiger.

He was the only amateur in the 132-player Barbasol field in July, just missing the cut in his PGA Tour debut finishing 1-over 70-71—141, one stroke off the cut line. He finished third and was low amateur in the Texas State Open.

Sophomores Graysen Huff (4-over 71-73—144) and Trace Crowe (6-over 69-77—146) failed to make the cut.

Alex Smalley of Duke University won stroke play medalist honors at 7-under 65-68—133.

Match play begins Wednesday. The rounds of 32 and 16 are on Thursday with quarterfinals and semifinals played Friday and Saturday. The 36-hole championship match will be played on Sunday.

Television coverage begins Wednesday on Fox Sports 1 from 2-5 pm Central followed by Thursday on USGA from 10 am – noon and Fox Sports 1 from 2-5 pm. The quarterfinals on Friday will air on Fox Sports 1 from 2-5 pm while the semifinals on Saturday air on FOX from 2-5 pm. The 36-hole championship on Sunday airs on USGA from 10-noon and on FOX from 2-5 pm.

Live-scoring can be followed at


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