BENTON HARBOR, MICH. ?? Mark Harrell played his way into match play at the 105th Western Amateur Championship this weekend, surviving four rounds of stroke play to finish T-8th and make the cut of 16 players who advanced to match play. But the first round of match play Saturday morning ended the University of Alabama golfer’s hopes for the title. He fell 1-up to Dustin Johnson. Johnson, a senior at Coastal Carolina this past season, is a two-time All-American and was ranked at the No. 5 amateur in the country last fall
The Western Amateur is the nation’s second oldest golf amateur event in the United States. This year’s event is being held at Point O’Woods Golf and Country Club in Benton Harbor, Mich, a par 70 layout.
Harrell shot 67-71-71-68/277 to finish among the top in stroke play. Four of his Alabama teammates also competed in the tournament, including Michael Thompson, the nation’s No. 8 ranked amateur golfer; Matthew Swan, Gator Todd and Thomas Hugghins. Harrell, Thompson and their teammate Matt Hughes will all compete later this month in the U.S. Amateur.