Jody Fanagan breezed into the last-64 of the US Senior Amateur Championship at Martis Camp Club in California.
Fanagan carded rounds of 75 and 74 for a 36-hole total of five-over which was good enough for a share of 14th place.
The Milltown man is the only Irishman in the field and will face Texas native Chris Hartenstein in the first knockout round of the matchplay stages.
Medalist Todd White, 55, of Spartanburg, S.C., didn’t break par either day, but a pair of even-par 72s were good enough to best a quartet of players by one stroke. It was the highest total by a medalist in the U.S. Senior Amateur since 2004 at Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles.
“This is very nice,” said White, who helped the 2013 Walker Cup Team to victory at National Golf Links. “It’s very satisfying.
“It’s nice to have won the medal in the stroke play. But everyone knows, this is two tournaments in one. Everyone starts with a clean slate tomorrow, so it really doesn’t matter what the number is beside your [match-play] seed. Just ask [four seed] Virginia when they played my [13th-seeded] Furman Paladins in basketball in the NCAA tournament [in March]. The number beside the name doesn’t matter.”
The cut for match play came at 11-over 155 with 10 players having to return on Monday morning at 7:30 a.m. PDT for a playoff that will begin on the par-3 17th hole to determine the final six spots in the draw.