Newcomb advances to US Amateur match play segment
Murray State's Patrick Newcomb survived a 17-way playoff to advance to the match play segment of the 2012 United States Golf Association U.S. Amateur Championship at Cherry Hills Village, Colo.
Newcomb, a senior this fall with the MSU men's golf team, carded rounds of 74-69=143 over two days of stroke play and managed to get into a playoff Wednesday morning that awarded 14 spots in match play from the 17 competitors. Newcomb made a par on the first hole to secure his spot and the starting field of 312 players was finally trimmed down to 64.
The US Amateur is being contested in the Denver area on two golf courses. Cherry Hills Country Club is playing to a par of 71 and 7,409 yards, while the Common Ground Golf Course is playing 7,378 yards at a par of 70.
The 112th playing of the U.S. Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.
Newcomb (Benton, Ky.) qualified for the finals after he won the sectional stage (July 31) in Macon, Ga.
US Amateur Match Play Segment
From: MSU media relations