Rhea set to open play at U.S. Amateur on Monday
Rhea set to open play at U.S. Amateur on Monday
Sunday, August 12, 2018

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (Aug. 12, 2018) – ETSU rising sophomore Jack Rhea (Jonesborough, Tenn.)is set to open play at the U.S. Amateur on Monday afternoon from Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill Golf Course.

Rhea, who qualified for the U.S. Amateur after finishing tied for second at the qualifier from Twin Orchard Country Club in Long Grove, Illinois back on July 10, will tee off Monday afternoon at 4:16 p.m. (EDT) from Spyglass Hill Golf Course. On Tuesday, Rhea will tee off from No. 10 on Pebble Beach at 11:01 a.m. (EDT).

Rhea is one of 312 golfers vying to reach the round of 64, which will be set following the first two rounds of stroke play on Monday and Tuesday. The low 64 scorers from stroke play qualify for match play, beginning on Wednesday. If necessary, a playoff will be held to determine the final spots in the match-play draw. Beginning Wednesday, FS1 and FOX will begin television coverage of the event. Please see television schedule below.  

Rhea is coming off a freshman season at ETSU where he earned Southern Conference All-Freshman honors. As a freshman, Rhea played in all 11 tournaments for ETSU this past season. The Jonesborough, Tenn. native ranked 15th in the SoCon in scoring average (73.91), which was also the third-best mark among freshmen. Rhea led the Blue and Gold at the 2018 SoCon Championship by turning in a sixth-place finish, while his top collegiate finish came at his home tournament back in October. Rhea finished tied for fourth at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate with a score of 10-under-par 206, marking the third-lowest score by a Buccaneer in the 20-year history of the tournament. Rhea registered 10 rounds of par or better during his rookie season, while giving the Blue and Gold 24 countable scores in his 32 overall rounds played.

2018 U.S. AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

Monday, Aug. 13 (Stroke Play, Round 1, 18 holes)
Tuesday, Aug. 14 (Stroke Play, Round 2, 18 holes)
Wednesday, Aug. 15 (Round of 64, match play)
Thursday, Aug. 16 (Round of 32/Round of 16, match play)
Friday, Aug. 17 (Quarterfinal matches)
Saturday, Aug. 18 (Semifinal matches)
Sunday, Aug. 19 (Championship Match, 36 holes)

TELEVISION SCHEDULE

Wednesday, Aug. 15: 5 p.m.-8 p.m. (FS1)
Thursday, Aug. 16: 7 p.m.-10 p.m. (FS1)
Friday, Aug. 17: 7 p.m.-10 p.m. (FS1)
Saturday, Aug. 18: Noon-3 p.m. (Fox)
Sunday, Aug. 19: 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. (Fox)

THE 2018 U.S. AMATEUR CHAMPION RECEIVES…

The U.S. Amateur results lead to exemptions into other tournaments. In all cases, the exemption holds only if the golfer retains their amateur status. All the exemptions listed below pertain to only the winner of the U.S. Amateur, unless otherwise stated.

Here are the major exemptions:

  • The next 10 years of the U.S. Amateur
  • The next 3 years of the U.S. Amateur (runner-up)
  • The next 2 years of the U.S. Amateur (semi-finalists)
  • The following year's U.S. Amateur (quarter-finalists)
  • The following year's U.S. Open (winner and runner-up)
  • The following year's Masters Tournament (winner and runner-up)
  • The following year's Open Championship 
  • The next 10 years of the Amateur Championship

2018 U.S. AMATEUR QUICK FACTS

  • There are 24 countries represented in the 2018 U.S. Amateur, including 261 participants from the United States
  • There are 46 states represented in the 2018 U.S. Amateur, with Rhea being one of five golfers representing Tennessee
  • There are 13 previous USGA Champions and nine USGA runners-up in the 2018 field
  • One golfer played in the 2018 Open Championship (Jovan Rebula), while four appeared in the 2018 U.S. Senior Open and four played in the 2017 Walker Cup
  • Forty-three of the top 50 amateurs in the World Amateur Golf Ranking are in this year’s field, including the top-ranked Braden Thornberry from Ole Miss.
  • The average age of the field in 22.59 years

ABOUT THE U.S. AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP (Courtesy of USGA.org)

The U.S. Amateur Championship is the oldest USGA championship and it was created in 1895 because of a controversy. In 1894, two clubs -- Newport (R.I.) Golf Club and New York's St. Andrew's Golf Club -- had conducted invitational tournaments to attract the nation's top amateur players.

Both clubs proclaimed their winners as the national champion, while Charles Blair Macdonald, a prominent player and course architect, was the runner-up in both. 

Before the final day of the St. Andrew's tournament, it was announced that an association composed of all the clubs in the United States would be formed in the ensuing months. This new national governing body would oversee a universally recognized championship and create a written set of rules.

With that, representatives from Newport Golf Club, St. Andrew's Golf Club, The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., and Chicago Golf Club founded the USGA on Dec. 22, 1894, and the inaugural U.S. Amateur Championship was conducted the following year, along with the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Amateur.

The Amateur and Open Championships were conducted at Newport Golf Club during the same week of October and Macdonald became the first U.S. Amateur champion.

Since the inaugural event, the U.S. Amateur has enjoyed an illustrious history of great champions, including Bob Jones, Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods. In 1930, Jones completed his Grand Slam by winning the U.S. Amateur at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. Woods, in 1996, became the first to win three consecutive Amateur titles.

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