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Boland tops Mattare in 1st round of match play

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October 7, 2013 08:36 PM EST | AP


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Davis Boland upended stroke-play medalist Matthew Mattare in the first round of match play Monday at the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.

The event was held at the par-71, 7,173-yard Country Club of Birmingham's West Course.

Boland, who is playing in his second U.S. Mid-Amateur and third USGA championship, made an 8-foot par putt on the 17th hole to win the match, 2 and 1.

Mattare, who was the medalist after shooting rounds of 67 and 69 in stroke play, became the first top seed eliminated in the first round since 2007.