From LSU Sports
CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. – Two Tigers earned their spot in the match play competition at the 112th United States Amateur Championship with junior Andrew Presley and sophomore Curtis Thompson finishing among the top 64 golfers following two rounds of stroke play at Cherry Hills Country Club.
The single-elimination match play tournament is set to begin Wednesday morning as players will compete for the right to raise the coveted Havemeyer Trophy as this year's champion.
After opening the championship by firing a 1-under 70 in Monday's first round at the par-71 Cherry Hills Country Club, Thompson carded a 2-under 68 in Tuesday's second round for the par-70 Common Ground Golf Course to finish in a tie for seventh place on the final stroke play leaderboard while earning his place in the match play competition. Thompson fired a 3-under par 138 in 36 holes of stroke play.
Presley will join his teammate in match play at this year's U.S. Amateur Championship as he followed his round of 3-under 67 at Common Ground Golf Course on Monday with a 4-over 75 at Cherry Hills Country Club on Tuesday to tie for 39th place on the leaderboard at 1-over par 142.
The match play competition will run through Sunday at Cherry Hills Country Club as the champion of the 2012 U.S. Amateur Championship will be crowned following the championship match.
Presley will be the first LSU Tiger to tee off in the first round of match play on Wednesday morning as he faces SMU recruit Bryson Dechambeau of Clovis, Calif., at 11:30 a.m. CT. Thompson will tee off at 1:10 p.m. on the front nine with his first-round opponent still to be determined.
Tiger sophomore Myles Lewis finished just one stroke shy of qualifying for the match play competition at Common Ground Golf Course as he fired a 1-under par 69 to finish in a tie for 68th place at 3-over 144 for his first U.S. Amateur appearance. Both sophomore Stewart Jolly and freshman Zach Wright finished in a tie for 100th place in the field of 311 golfers with matching 36-hole scores of 5-over par 146.