Cauley Gets Win Over Top Amateur
Bud Cauley, who will be a sophomore at Alabama this year, downed Oklahoma State's Rickie Fowler, who is No. 1 in the latest Golfweek/amateurgolf.com rankings. Cauley, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., jumped out to a tw3o-up lead by winning the first two holes and never looked back.
He had the lead at two-up on several occasions, but did not really separate until he sank a 30-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole. He finished the match with an impressive eagle on the 17th to close out Fowler, who will be his teammate at the Walker Cup in September.
"It is really quite an accomplishment for Bud (Cauley)," Alabama Coach Jay Seawell said after he caddied for Cauley on Wednesday. "It was a tough draw for him to get the number one amateur in the world in the first round of match play, but he went out and took care of business. He played really well from beginning to end, which is what you have to do when you are facing an opponent the caliber of Rickie Fowler."
Cauley draws University of Arkansas golfer and Sweden native David Lingmerth in the round of 32 on Thursday. Lingmerth defeated Cauley's Alabama teammate, Scott Strohmeyer, on Thursday with a 3 and 2 win over the redshirt freshman.
Had Strohmeyer won, it would have set up an Alabama vs. Alabama match.
Both Cauley and Strohmeyer advanced for the match play that began on Wednesday with two impressive rounds of stroke play qualifying. Cauley qualified fifth overall with a 2-over-par 142 while Strohmeyer was the No. 37 qualifier with a 6-over-par 146.
Both sophomore Hunter Hamrick and recent Tide graduate and UA student assistant Matthew Swan competed in the U.S. Amateur but did not advance out of stroke play.
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