“I was excited, just because I wanted to play against someone good, and that way coming out of the gates, if I win, it just shows that I can play. `Here I am,’” Sharpstene said.
Former Georgia Tech star Andy Ogletree, the winner last year, failed to advance to match play.
In the lower half of the bracket, second-seeded James Piot of Michigan State outlasted Duke’s Evan Katz with a birdie on the 19th hole. Piot will face Pepperdine’s William Mouw, a 3-and-2 winner over former North Florida player Jordan Batchelor.