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Charlottesville, VA – Junior Amory Davis (Chadds Ford, Pa.) had the best start of the five UVa representatives during the first round of stroke play at the 2009 U.S. Amateur Championship in Tulsa, Okla. Davis shot 2-over 72 and is tied for 25th overall in the 312-player field. Sophomore Ben Kohles (Cary, N.C.) was one shot behind Davis in 42nd place. Tim Jackson of Germantown, Tenn. posted the day’s best score, shooting 2-under 68.

The other UVa competitors’ scores included a 76 by freshman Mac McLaughlin (Shaker Heights, Ohio) and 77s by junior Will Collins (Salisbury, N.C.) and assistant coach Jay Fisher.

Following Tuesday’s stroke play the top 64 individuals will move on to the match play portion of the tournament that gets underway Wednesday.

Virginia’s four competitors matches Oklahoma State and Stanford for the top number of individual players competing from a college program.

Fisher is the first UVa competitor to tee off during the second round. He starts his round at 7:20 a.m. on the Cedar Ridge course. Davis tees off at 8:20 a.m. on the Southern Hills course while Collins begins at 12:45 p.m. followed by Kohles at 1:45 p.m. and McLaughlin at 2:05 p.m.

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.

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