Charlotte’s Brett Boner beat Kory Bowman of Springfield, Mo., 4 and 3 Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at Charlotte Country Club.
Boner, who won this summer’s Charlotte City Amateur, will face Sam Odell of Hurricane, W.Va., at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday in a quarterfinal match.
Other quarterfinal matches Wednesday will feature Rusty Mosley of Vidalia, Ga. vs. former champion Stewart Hagestad of Newport Beach, Calif.; Andres Schonbaum of Argentina vs. Kevin O'Connell of Cary; and Ryan Eibner of Dallas vs. Kyler Sauer of Valencia, Calif.
Boner beat Germany’s Claudio Counsel in 22 holes in the round of 32 earlier Tuesday.
“I took a shower, changed clothes, got a new pair of socks, a couple of Band-Aids,” Boner said. “Once I got off the first tee and hit a solid tee shot, I just stuck to (my) routine.”
Bowman had advanced to the round of 16 despite the disappearance of his clubs at the pro shop when he registered for the tournament last week.
“I went into the pro shop for 15 minutes and came back out and they were gone,” said Bowman. “I knew right where I put them. I went to the head pro Andrew (Shuck) and his assistant pro, Nick (Cannon) and said, ‘Hey, my clubs aren’t where they were.’ ”
Bowman advanced in the tournament Saturday despite playing with a set of clubs given to him by a club manufacturing representative. His clubs were returned - it’s unclear if they were stolen or mistakenly taken - later Saturday.
“I had the decision to make on whether I wanted to keep playing with the ones I was playing with or change,” said Bowman. “I kind of did a hodgepodge (on Sunday at Carolina Golf Club). I took my (original) irons, used their driver, a few things like that (and shot 73).”
Although he came up short Tuesday, his opponent was impressed.
“What a story,” Boner said. “Kory couldn’t find his clubs for a few days and here he is in the top 16. You hate to beat a guy like that.”
Semifinals are later Wednesday and the 36-hole championship match is Thursday at Charlotte Country Club. The winner receives an exemption to the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.