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Coloradan Lindstrom falls in 19 holes after opponent birdies last 2 at U.S. Mid-Am; ex-Buff Hayes prevails, Coakley ousted


by Gary Baines - 10/10/2017


Jon Lindstrom lost in the match-play round of 64 at the U.S. Mid-Amateur on Tuesday, but he didn't go down without a fight in Atlanta.

The Broomfield resident (pictured) fell in 19 holes in the first round of match play to Devaughn Robinson of the Bahamas, who earlier this month won the Houston City Amateur title.

Lindstrom, a three-time CGA Mid-Amateur champion, was 3 up through 13 holes and still 1 up going into 18. But Robinson, winner of the 2016 Bahamas national amateur, birdied the 18th and 19th holes to claim victory.

On the 18th hole, Robinson drained a 35-foot birdie, while Lindstrom just missed from 10 feet for the victory. Then on the first extra hole, after Robinson hit his approach to 4 feet, Lindstrom's chip from 14 feet hung on the lip, but wouldn't fall. Robinson then holed his putt for the win.

Lindstrom finished the day 3 over par for 19 holes, while Robinson was 2 over, including 2 under for the last six holes.

Meanwhile, former University of Colorado golfers went one-for-two on Tuesday in Atlanta. John Hayes parred the 21st hole to defeat Derek Meinhart of Mattoon, Ill., while fellow ex-Buff Kenny Coakley was ousted in the round of 64, falling to David Easley of Lincoln, Neb., 3 and 2.

Neither Hayes nor Meinhart led more than 1 up, with Meinhart squaring the match with a birdie on the 16th hole. They then halved 17 with bogeys and the following three holes with pars beore Hayes ended it on the 21st hole.

Hayes was even par overall on Tuesday, while Meinhart was 1 over. Hayes will face Josh Nichols of Kernersville, N.C., in Wednesday's round of 32.

(Oct. 11 Hayes Update: Nichols defeated Hayes in the round of 32, 1 up. In a match in which neither player led more than 1 up, Hayes was ahead after 14 holes. But Nichols won Nos. 15 and 16 with pars and halved 17 and 18 with pars to prevail. Hayes finished even-par for the match, while Nichols was 1 under.)ß

On Tuesday, Coakley trailed the whole match after Easley birdied No. 1. The former Buff was 1 over par for the day, but Easley was 3 under.

The Mid-Amateur is limited to players 25 and older.

Here are the scores for all the players with strong Colorado ties who competed in Atlanta:

MATCH PLAY ROUND OF 32
John Nichols, Kernersville, N.C., def. former CU golfer John Hayes, 1 up

MATCH PLAY ROUND OF 64
Devaughn Robinson, Bahamas, def. Jon Lindstrom, Broomfield, 19 holes
David Easley, Lincoln, Neb., def. former CU golfer Kenny Coakley, 3 and 2
Former CU golfer John Hayes def. Derek Meinhart, Mattoon, Ill., 21 holes

STROKE PLAY
Advanced to Match Play

19. Former CU golfer Kenny Coakley 69-75--144
28. Jon Lindstrom, Broomfield 77-68--145
49. Former CU golfer John Hayes 77-69--146
Failed to Advance to Match Play
111. Walt Koelbel, Denver 78-71--149
185. Jonathan Marsico, Cherry Hills Village 81-73--154
198. Pete Mangold, Denver 74-81--155
216. Ryan Axlund, Aurora 80-78--158

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