PBJ posted a 1-over 71 on No. 2 on Monday. His 2-under total for 3 holes trailed medalist Brandon Wu by a single stroke. The top 64 players in the 312-player field will compete in match play beginning Wednesday on No. 2. Barbaree will face Parker Gillam of Wake Forest in the opening round. Barbaree, a Byrd product said that on No. 2, the player has to be in control of everything, and No. 4 is just a little bit wider and the greens are just a little bit softer, but that’s the main difference right there.
He said, “They’re both really good courses. I like No. 4 and No. 2 a lot. I played No. 4 when I played in the U.S. Kids’ tournament when I was 12. So it’s good to come back and play two world-class courses.” Barbaree reached 3-under par for the tournament with a birdie on No. 15 on Tuesday, but bogeyed his final hole of the day.
Barbaree said that he played well during the two days and he made bogey on the last hole. He has continued with his impressive run on the back end of this summer. Barbaree finished just one shot off the winning at the Southern Amateur in Little Rock last month. He then qualified for the U.S. Amateur at Champions Golf Club in Houston with a dazzling late run two days later and playoff victory.
In 2017, Barbaree, finished tied for eighth in stroke play at Riviera Country Club near Los Angeles, and lost a heartbreaker on the final hole during his first match. Last week, he tied for 16th at the Western Amateur, but lost a playoff for the final match-play berth. This marks the second time PBJ has qualified for match play at the U.S. Amateur.
Barbaree said that he was really excited to get into the match as it was his most favorite part in golf and he hopes that things will be good for him as they have always been. Charlie Flynn, a fellow former Yellow Jacket, missed the cut in his first U.S. Amateur appearance. Flynn, a rising sophomore at Louisiana-Lafayette, posted 81 on No. 2 in third first round and 76 on No. 4 on Tuesday.