Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Mason falls a shot short in U.S. Am.

Andrew Mason, who has dominated Philadelphia area golf during the summer, came up just a little short in his attempt to qualify for match play in the U.S. Amateur.

Mason falls a shot short in U.S. Am.

Andrew Mason, who has dominated Philadelphia area golf during the summer, came up just a little short in his attempt to qualify for match play in the U.S. Amateur.

The 22-year-old former Temple star from Huntingdon Valley completed a 1-under-par 71 in the rain-delayed second round on Wednesday at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis., but his 36-hole score of 143 left him one stroke out of a playoff for the final berths in match play.

A total of 20 players who finished at 142, which was even par for the two days of qualifying at Erin Hills and par-70 Blue Mound, played off for the final four spots in the 64-player match-play field.

Given Tuesday’s rain delay and the Wednesday finish followed by the long playoff, many of the 32 first-round matches at Erin Hills carried over into Thursday.

Mason’s round at Erin Hills, site of the 2017 U.S. Open, consisted of 15 pars, two birdies and a bogey.

In addition to qualifying for the U.S. Amateur, Mason won the Philadelphia Open, the Pennsylvania Amateur and the Patterson Cup. He also has a commanding lead in the race for player of the year in the Golf Association of Philadelphia.

None of the other Philadelphia area players in the U.S. Amateur field were able to advance into match play. Stephen Seidan of Chadds Ford, who had an opening 71, carded an 83 at Erin Hills in his second round, completed Wednesday, and was at 154.

Jeff Osberg of West Chester had a 75 at Erin Hills for 152 and Chris Crawford of Bensalem shot an 82 at Blue Mound for 160.

--Joe Juliano

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