Roland Massimino, a New Hope-Solebury High School graduate who just completed his eligibility at Kansas State, fell one stroke short Wednesday morning of getting into a playoff for the final three match-play berths in the U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst, N.C.
Massimino, who had two holes remaining when darkness forced the stoppage of play Tuesday evening, went par-par on 17 and 18 over the No. 4 course at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club for a 2-over-par 72 and a 36-hole score of 6-over 146.
The Lumberville, Pa., resident, grandson of former Villanova coach Rollie Massimino, needed to get to 5-over to still have a chance at match play. A total of 27 players completed qualifying at 5-over 145, leading to a lengthy playoff at Pinehurst No. 4 to determine the 62nd, 63rd and 64th spots in the match-play field.
Meanwhile, the first round of match play began at Pinehurst’s famed No. 2 course.
Temple junior Dawson Anders of Telford, who had one hole remaining when play was called, finished with a bogey and a 78 at the No. 2 course for a 155 total.
Connor Schmidt, a senior at Drexel from Venetia, Pa., fired a 1-over-par 71 at Pinehurst’s No. 4 course, but his score of 147 fell short of the cut.
Austin Barbin of Elkton, Md., who had a 72 on Monday at No. 4, closed with a 76 at Pinehurst No. 2 for a 148 total.