Rhea advances to match play at U.S. Amateur
Rhea advances to match play at U.S. Amateur
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Jonesborough native finishes tied for 10th in stroke play

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (Aug. 14, 2018) – ETSU rising sophomore Jack Rhea (Jonesborough, Tenn.) kept his run at the U.S. Amateur alive on Tuesday.

Needing to post one of the lowest 64 scores in stroke play to advance into the round of 64, Rhea left zero doubt in mind, as the Buccaneer standout fired a 2-under 69 in round two en route to finishing tied for 10th at 1-under-par 142 (73-69).

Rhea, who was playing the Pebble Beach Golf Links Course on Tuesday, went out early and climbed up the leaderboard thanks to a flawless start. The Jonesborough, Tenn. native started on the back nine, and registered eight pars and one birdie before making the turn. From there, Rhea birdied two of his first three holes on the front nine, before finishing the round with his fourth birdie of day.

Daniel Hillier and Cole Hammer earned co-medalist honors after finishing at 6-under-par 137, while Andrew Alligood finished in third at 5-under-par 138. Meanwhile, Rhea was one of 18 golfers to finish with a score below par in stroke play.

The low 64 scorers, plus ties, made the cut, which was set at 4-over-par. Overall, 87 of the 312 golfers made the cut. Twenty-four golfers finished at 4-over and will be in a playoff starting at 10:30 a.m. (EDT) on Wednesday to lock up the final spot in match play. 

Following the playoff, the round of 64 bracket will be finalized and match-play will begin shortly after. The event will be televised on FS1 from 5-8 p.m. (EDT), while live scoring of the 2018 U.S. Amateur is available via usga.org.

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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