Bryson Nimmer can’t find groove as U.S. Amateur stay comes to end

Bluffton’s Bryson Nimmer was ousted from the U.S. Amateur in Thursday’s second round of match play, unable to get anything going in suffering a 3&2 defeat to LSU sophomore Luis Gagne at Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Nimmer did not record a birdie as he made his way around the South course at Oakland Hills Country Club, trailing by as much as 5-down with six holes to play. The Clemson sophomore won a couple of holes to extend his stay, but Gagne closed out the match with pars at Nos. 15 and 16.

Gagne, a Costa Rica native who grew up in Florida, was a last-minute addition to the field after moving up from first alternate at his qualifying site. He qualified 10th in stroke play and has defeated each of his two match-play opponents in no fewer than 16 holes.