The semi-finals are set for the final day of the Greg Norman Collection Match Play Championship at Somerset Hills Country Club presented by Morell Studios and Golf Max and supported by the PGA Tour.
Tyler Hall of Upper Montclair Country Club defeated host professional Daniel Joseph of Somerset Hills in the quarterfinals, 2 and 1. Joseph held a 1-Up lead after 13 holes, but Hall went up-and-down for par on the par-4 14th and saved par on No. 15 to regain the lead.
“That was probably the most impressive thing I’ve ever seen inside 50 yards ever,” Hall said of Joseph’s short game play.
Pat Fillian of Echo Lake Country Club advanced to his second straight semifinal, defeating Frank Esposito of Forsgate Country Club in 20 holes. Fillian lost to Esposito in the semifinals at Morris County Golf Club last year. He will meet Grant Sturgeon of Arcola Country Club, who earned a 2 and 1 victory over Quentin Cummings of Upper Montclair in the quarterfinals. Sturgeon and Fillian faced each other in the quarterfinals of the Match Play Championship last year, with Fillian winning 8 and 6.
Marc Issler of Toms River Golf Center upset top-seeded Alex Beach of Baltusrol Golf Club in the quarterfinals, 1 Up. Issler held a 5-hole advantage through 10, but Beach stormed back, making birdie on holes 13-15 and eventually tying the match before Issler made par on No. 16 to regain the lead for good.