Mattare earns U.S. Mid-Amateur medalist honors

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Birmingham, AL ( - Matthew Mattare carded a 2-under 69 on Sunday to earn medalist honors at the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.

Mattare, who was a quarterfinalist last year, finished the stroke play portion of the championship at 5-under-par 136.

Mattare played his second round at the West Course at the Country Club of Birmingham and started on the 10th tee, which he parred before tripping to a bogey at the 11th. He bounced right back with a birdie at the 12th, but fell back to 2-under with a bogey at the 14th.

After rolling in back-to-back gains at the 17th and 18th to make the turn at 4-under, he dropped a shot at the first. The New Jersey native got that shot back with a gain at the third and later birdied the eighth to reach 5-under. He parred his final hole to finish there.

Kenny Cook fired the low round of the day with a 5-under 65 on the East Course to jump into sole possession of second place at 3-under 138, while first-round co-leader Kevin Marsh tripped to a 2-over 73 at the East Course on Sunday to fall into a tie for third with Bill Williamson (67) at 2-under.

Todd White also had a share of the first-round lead with Marsh, but could only manage a 3-over 74 on the West Course to drop into a tie for fifth with Tim Jackson (71), Paul Simson (70), Jon Veneziano (71) and Michael McCoy (72) at minus-1.

There are 12 players tied for 57th place at 7-over 148 who will play for the final eight spots in the match play competition starting at 8:00 a.m. ET.

The match play portion of the tournament begins on Monday and will conclude with Championship match on Thursday.

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