Cameron McRae has advanced to the final match of the weekend against defending champion, Wes McNulty.
McRae will have to take out both of the McNulty’s in this year’s Arkansas Men’s Match to win the tournament. McRae will face defending champion, Wes in the Amateur Division’s final match tomorrow morning. McRae had to go through Wes’ son, Josh McNulty, this morning to advance to the Semifinals of the tournament. Josh is a Sophomore on the Henderson State University Golf team, the same team in which McRae is a Graduate Assistant. This storyline made the third Quarterfinal of the day a must watch.
“We knew if we won yesterday that we would get to play each other and we were kinda messing with each other a little bit, you know coach and player situation. We played some really good golf too so it was a fun time.” McRae said.
Played some good golf they did indeed. McRae won the match against McNulty 1 Up after making a Par on the 18th and final hole.
“We were talking after the round and we were both like five or six under.” McRae said.
McRae would have another difficult match in the afternoon as he squared off against Andrew Hopkins of Little Rock. Hopkins fired off a 73 in the qualifying round, making him the number 14 seed in the 32-man bracket. Hopkins would defeat 19-seed Thomas Mariscotti, three-seed Mitchell Ford, and 22-seed Trevor Brunson, before facing off against McRae on Saturday afternoon.
The match between McRae and Hopkins was a back and forth affair the whole way. McRae trailed by two holes on the front-nine before battling back to even things up on the 11th hole. There was never more than a one-hole lead the rest of the way for either player. McRae drove the short par 4 17th and two-putted for Birdie to go 1 Up in the match headed into 18. Hopkins would respond and win the 18th hole, sending us to a 19th hole. McRae would then prevail on the 19th hole of the match and win 1 Up.
“Im exhausted. Josh and Andrew are both great players and we were back and forth all day in both of my matches, so it took a lot out of me but I came out on top.” McRae said.
The final match between Cameron McRae and Wes McNulty will begin at 8:45 a.m. tomorrow morning.