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Mocs' Jaeger, Georgia's English in USGA match play

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ERIN HILLS, Wisc. (UTC/WRCB) -- Chattanooga senior Stephan Jaeger had a long wait to qualify for match play at the United States Amateur at Erin Hills Golf Course, but it proved worth it.

The former Baylor School star weathered an overnight delay to survive a 20-man playoff and advance through stroke play and into the match play portion of the United States Amateur Championship.

Jaeger joins fellow former Baylor star and recently departed University of Georgia golfer Harris English in match play. English finished tied for 31st through the two rounds of stroke play at -2, then won one of the few first round matches that finished late Wednesday, 3 and 1 over Andrew Yun.

McMinnville native and MTSU golfer Brett Patterson missed the match play cut by one shot at +1. University of Georgia golfer Keith Mitchell, another former Baylor star, also missed the cut.

Only the top 64 in stroke play advanced to match play.

When play was halted Wednesday night, Jaeger owned a two-up lead in his first round match over Florida's Blayne Barber through ten holes.

Jaeger ended his 36th hole of stroke play Tuesday at even par, then watched as a weather delay carried play into Wednesday. When the dust settled around 2 p.m. CT, Jaeger was one of 20 players tied for 61st, resulting in a playoff for only four advancing spots.

He was one of ten players to par the tenth hole and continue to the second playoff hole, where he was one of six to par the eleventh and march on.

A wayward tee shot at No. 12 led to a second shot well short right of the green, but Jaeger's best shot of the day nestled close to the pin for a short par putt, which he converted.

Three others - Marty Jeppesen II, David Delinger and Bobby Leopold - matched Jager's even-par three holes to advance. Not one of the 20 players managed a birdie across three pressure-packed playoff holes.

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