Kohles In Playoff for Spot in Match Play Field at US Am
Tulsa, OK – The stroke play part at the 109th U.S. Amateur Championship was scheduled to end following Tuesday’s second round with the top 64 players advancing to the match play portion of the tournament. That will have to wait thanks to a 27-player tie for the final four spots into the match play field. Included in that group is UVa sophomore Ben Kohles (Cary, N.C.).
Kohles posted a second-round score of 5-over 75 for a two-day total of 8-over 148 to place him in a tie with 26 other players for 61st place. Those players will take part in a playoff Wednesday morning with four players eventually filling out the match play field which gets underway later in the day.
The remaining corps of Virginia participants failed to move past stroke play. Junior Will Collins (Salisbury, N.C.) finished 143rd at 152, including a 75 during the second round. Assistant coach Jay Fisher was 160th after shooting 76 Tuesday for a 36-hole total of 153. Freshman Mac McLaughlin (Shaker Heights, Ohio) was 231st at 157 and Amory Davis (Chadds Ford, Pa.) placed 256 in the 312-player field at 159.
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.