The brackets are set, and some of the matches got underway Thursday at the 43rd annual Wyoming State Golf Association’s Match Play Championship.
The morning featured stroke-play qualifying for the men’s and women’s championship flights for the three-day tournament at the University of Wyoming Jacoby Golf Course in Laramie.
For the first ever women’s championship bracket in match play tournament history, the top eight seeds for the quarterfinals were decided after 18 holes of stroke play.
Caitlyn Skavdahl and Erin Sargent tied for even par at 72 for the top seeds. The other six making the cut and filling the bracket were Kaylee Knadler, Ali Mulhall, Jessica Zapf, Sophie Spiva, Jacquie Perdue and Kyra Spanenburgh.
The men’s championship flight was also determined after an 18-hole qualifying round in the morning to fill the first 32 spots.
Four players shot under par in the qualifier, led by Liam Clancy’s 5 under 66 for the top seed. Kirby Coe-Kirkham and Tyler Severin tied with a 4 under 67 and Jordan Costello had a 3 under 68.
The afternoon featured the first head-to-head matches as the men’s championship flight was reduced by half as 16 players advanced, including Clancy, Coe-Kirkham, Severin and Costello.
Other golfers still alive in the men’s championship flight are Logan Hensley, William Harford, Taj Sutherland, Jorden James, Karsten Simmons, John Hornbeck, Cameron Carter, Blake Danni, Hardy Johnson, Parker Paxton, Ethan Cates and Jared Edeen.
The men’s first and second flights has brackets starting with 16 players and the men’s third flight will start with eight for the quarterfinals.
The top three seeds for the first flight are Tyler Given, Carson Bertagnole and Rolf Peterson. The top three for the second flight are Rod Tyson, Vince Fate and Jim Field. The top three for the third flight are Larry Hedderman, Greg Matlock and Brock Owings.