CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. – Benton’s Patrick Newcomb made it to the round of 16 before bowing out of the U.S. Amateur Championship Thursday.
The Murray State senior survived a late deficit and a one-hole playoff to win in a morning encounter with Auburn senior Michael Hebert, but came up short in a bid to rally against California’s Brandon Hagy in the afternoon.
Newcomb was one of 14 collegiate players to advance to the round of 16. He was one of five who did not represent a school in a BCS conference. Newcomb defeated a pair of Southeastern Conference opponents, Hebert and Tennessee’s Richard Lamb, before falling to the Pac 12’s Hagy.
Against Hebert, Newcomb overcame a 3-down deficit with seven holes remaining to force a playoff and ultimately win 1-up in 19 holes.
In his second match Thursday, Newcomb fell behind on the first hole and was never able to recover. He trailed by one through 14 holes, but Hagy made par on 15 and birdied 16 to wrap up the match 3 and 2.
CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. – Patrick Newcomb won his opening match-play competition in the U.S. Amateur Championship Wednesday afternoon.
Newcomb, a Benton native who is a senior on the Murray State golf team, defeated Richard Lamb 2-up Wednesday afternoon. He overcame an early deficit to get the win against Lamb, of South Bend, Ind., who plays for Tennessee.
“I hit the ball extremely well today after not playing so great in the stroke rounds,” Newcomb said. “In my mind I was lucky to get into that playoff in the first place, so to come out today and get the opportunity to play, I was excited.”
Newcomb took control with two straight birdies on the par-5 11th and par-3 12th holes. That gave him a 2-up lead, and he matched Lamb with pars the rest of the way in the 17-hole match. Newcomb finished at even par and Lamb was 3-over.
“I hit 14 of 17 greens today, but didn’t make a lot of putts,” Newcomb said. “Even par on this course is a good score.”
The two each made par on the first three holes before Lamb took a 1-up lead with a birdie on the 4th hole.
Two straight bogeys by Lamb gave Newcomb the chance to draw even with a par on No.5 and then take the lead on No. 6.
Both made bogey on the 8th and 9th and Lamb forged a tie again with a birdie to Newcomb’s par on No. 10.
Newcomb moves into the round of 32 at 11 a.m. today when he meets Auburn senior Michael Hebert of Alpharetta, Ga., a 6 and 4 winner over Australian Todd Sinnott. The winner advances to the round of 16 at 3:25 p.m.
CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. – Benton’s Patrick Newcomb has advanced to match play in the U.S. Amateur Championship.
Newcomb shot 74-69 – 143 over two days of stroke play, moving him into a group of 17 for a playoff this morning. He was one of the 14 who were awarded spots in the match play segment.
Newcomb, a rising senior at Murray State and Marshall County High School graduate, is the 52nd seed and will meet No. 11 seed Richard Lamb of South Bend, Ind., in the first round of match play today at 12:30 p.m. CDT.
In this morning’s playoff, Newcomb made par on the first hole to secure his spot and the starting field of 312 players was trimmed to 64.
This is the 112th edition of the U.S. Amateur, one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association. Ten of the events are strictly for amateurs.
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.
Newcomb is the two-time defending champion of the Kentucky State Amateur tournament and was named Kentucky Golf Association player of the year in 2011 and Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year in April.