A lot was decided and the brackets became clearer after the second of three days of golf Friday at the 43rd annual Wyoming State Golf Association’s Match Play Championship.
Two brackets are down the final match and four are whittled down to four golfers in the semifinals at the University of Wyoming Jacoby Golf Course.
The finals for the first ever women’s championship flight in the history of the tournament is set – and the top two seeds will go head-to-head for the title.
No. 1 seed Erin Sargent, who will be a senior golfer for the Cowgirls at UW next season, beat No. 5 Jessica Zapf 5 and 4 to advance to the final. She will play against No. 2 Ali Mulhall, who beat No. Kaylee Knadler 2 up in the other semifinal.
The men’s championship flight — starting with 32 golfers — is now down to four for the semifinals, and features the top four seeds.
No. 1 Liam Clancy will be playing No. 4 Jordan Costello in one semifinal. The other semifinal pits two UW teammates who will be sophomores next season against each other with No. 2 Kirby Coe-Kirkham and No. 3 Tyler Severin.
The final match for men’s third flight is set – and backs up how anything can happen in match play. The two lowest seeds advanced to the final when No. 8 Chuck Miech beat No. 5 Steve Roberts, 1 up, and No. 7 Edward Fernandez beat No. 6 Paul Woodard, 3 and 2, in the semifinals.
The top two seeds in three other men’s flights were knocked out, and two No. 16 seeds and a No. 15 seed are still alive in the semifinals.
The first flight semifinals has No. 16 Tim Elder against No. 4 Trevor Pilgrim and No. 15 Donald Vialpando against No. 3 Rolf Peterson.
The second flight semifinals features No. 9 Pat Fernandez against No. 4 Brian Hall and No. 7 Daryl Rundberg against No. 3 Jim Field.
The cowboy flight semifinals will be No. 16 Jim Broderick against No. 5 Brandon Rideout and No. 10 Kipp Jones against No. 6 Shea Hensley.
Golfers who have been defeated are still playing in consolation brackets to finish the tournament.