PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Charleston Southern senior Art Griffin has advanced to match play at the 117th United States Amateur. Griffin finished tied for 19th place in stroke play and will play a Round of 64 match, as the No. 25 seed, versus No. 40 Nathan Jeansonne on Wednesday at 9:20 a.m. PDT (12:20 EDT).
Griffin finished the 36 holes of stroke play at even par 140 (66-74), putting him into the field of 64 well above the +4 cutline. He fired a first round 66 at Bel-Air Country Club to cap the opening day in fourth place, just two strokes off the individual lead in the 312-player field. At the more difficult Riviera Country Club, home to the entirety of match play that begins today, Griffin carded a 74. He bogeyed three of his first five holes but played steady golf from there, parring 12 of his last 13.
Griffin's classmate and CSU teammate, Jacques Wilson, compiled a 36-hole score of +7 147 (74-73), missing the cut by three shots. Wilson surged to +2 overall thanks to a two-under par front nine in Tuesday's second round, but back-to-back double bogeys at No. 10 and No. 11 proved too much to overcome.
Griffin's performance this week has already moved him up 79 spots, to 866th, in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. Jeansonne, Griffin's Round of 64 opponent, is a junior at LSU and the 301st ranked amateur in the world.
This marks the third straight year CSU will have a representative in match play at the world's premier amateur golf event. Austin James advanced all the way to the quarterfinals in 2015, and made a return trip last year, dropping a tightly contested Round of 64 match.
FS1 will carry coverage of today's action from 5-8 p.m. EDT. The Amateur will conclude on Sunday with a 36-hole championship match.