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Charlottesville, VA – Four players on the current Virginia men’s golf team and assistant coach Jay Fisher start play at the 2009 U.S. Amateur Championships Monday. The tournament, held at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., runs through Sunday.

The UVa competitors include junior Will Collins (Salisbury, N.C.), junior Amory Davis (Chadds Ford, Pa.), sophomore Ben Kohles (Cary, N.C.) and freshman Mac McLaughlin (Shaker Heights, Ohio). They are joined in Oklahoma by assistant coach Jay Fisher.

Fisher reached the event thanks to a fourth-place finish at the sectional qualifier at Westwood Country Club in Vienna, Va. Kohles tied for first at the sectional at the Little River Golf Resort in Carthage, N.C., and Collins took first place at Hayfields Country Club in Hunt Valley, Md. Davis tied for third at the qualifier at Concord Country Club in Chadds Ford, Pa., McLaughlin qualified by tying for second at the Camargo Club in Cincinnati.

The first and second rounds of stroke play are set for Monday and Tuesday (Aug. 24-25) at Southern Hills Country Club and Cedar Ridge Country Club. All match play rounds will be played at Southern Hills Country Club, beginning Wednesday (Aug. 26). A single round of match play is scheduled on Wednesday, followed by the second and third rounds on Thursday (Aug. 27), and single rounds again from Friday-Sunday (Aug. 28-30).

The Golf Channel will televise coverage Wednesday (4-6 p.m.), Thursday (1-3 p.m.) and Friday (1-3 p.m.). NBC will air the semifinals and finals from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

A total of 99 sites were used to determine the field for this year’s tournament. A total of 6,948 entries were accepted for this year’s event. The U.S. Amateur Championship is open to amateur golfers who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 2.4. This year’s field includes 312 golfers.

The U.S. Amateur Championship is the oldest golf championship in this country, one day older than the U.S. Open. Except for an eight-year period, 1965-1972, when it was stroke play, the Amateur has been a match-play championship.

Following scoring from the U.S. Amateur here.

First Round Tee Times

Will Collins at 7:30 a.m. from the 10th tee at Cedar Ridge Country Club

Ben Kohles at 8:30 a.m. from the first tee at Cedar Ridge Country Club

Mac McLaughlin at 8:50 a.m. from the first tee at Cedar Ridge Country Club

Amory Davis at 1:35 p.m. from the first tee at Cedar Ridge Country Club

Jay Fisher at 12:45 pm from the first tee at Southern Hills

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