Aug. 15, 2012
CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. - Alabama's Bobby Wyatt and Justin Thomas both continued their excellent play at the United States Amateur Championship on Wednesday recording wins in the first round of match pat at the par-71, 7,409-yard Cherry Hills Country Club.
Wyatt, who tied the U.S. Amateur record for the lowest 36-hole stroke-play scoring on Tuesday at 9-under-par 132, opened with a commanding 4-and-2 victory over Taylor Hancock of Clearwater, Fla., Wednesday afternoon.
The Mobile, Ala., native was all square through five holes but won the sixth, seventh, ninth and 11th holes to take a 4 up lead. He lost the 15th hole but rebounded with a birdie to win the 16th to close out the win.
Thomas was off early on Thursday and dispatched of Barry Dyche of Charlotte, N.C., 3 and 1 to advance to the round of 32. He won the second, third and fifth holes to jump out to a quick 3-up lead. Dyche won the eighth and 16th holes, but Thomas finished him off with a par on the 17th hole.
Victories by Thomas and Wyatt in Thursday morning's round of 32 will set up a showdown between the two Crimson Tide golfers in the round of 16 Thursday afternoon.
The 2012 U.S. Amateur Championship began on Monday with a field of 312 players competing in 36 holes of stroke play. The field was pared to the low-64 scores following Tuesday's final round of stroke play.
The field is down to 32 individuals entering play on Thursday with the second and third rounds on the schedule. The quarterfinals are slated for Friday with the semifinals on Saturday. The championship is scheduled to conclude with a 36-hole final beginning Sunday morning.
Jerry Pate in 1974 is the only Alabama player to win a U.S. Amateur. Michael Thompson was the last Alabama player to reach the finals, finishing runner-up at The Olympic Club in 2007.
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