Tide Golfer Falls To Defending Champ

PLACE, Wash. – Alabama sophomore golfer Scott Strohmeyer fell 3&2 to Byeong-Hun An in the third round of the 2010 U.S. Amateur Championship at the par-71, 7,742-yard Chambers Bay Golf Course on Thursday.

An, the defending U.S. Amateur champion, went 1-up on Strohmeyer with a birdie on the par-5 fourth hole, but Strohmeyer squared the match two holes later when he pared the sixth. Strohmeyer capitalized on a bogey by An on the next hole to take a 1-up lead, but An rolled in another birdie on the par-5 eighth to tie match once again.

Two straight bogeys by Strohmeyer gave An a 2-up lead that was extended to three when Strohmeyer double-bogeyed the par-3 15th. Strohmeyer was unable to cut the deficit in the remaining holes, and the match came to a close with two pars on No. 16.

The disappointment notwithstanding, this was the second consecutive year for the Alabama golfer to make it into match play in the prestigious tournament.

Strohmeyer won his first match of the day in the round of 32 with a 1 up win in 19 holes of Justin Thomas of Goshen, Ky.

Strohmeyer held a four-hole advantage entering the back nine, but was unable to put the match out of reach before Thomas could fight his way back into contention. With the match all-square after 16 holes of play, Strohmeyer gained a 1-up lead going into No. 18, but bogeyed the finishing hole while Thomas pared.

The two then went back to the first tee for extra holes to settle the match where Strohmeyer carded a par to edge out Thomas, who bogeyed.

Strohmeyer will return to Tuscaloosa to join the Crimson Tide in preparation for the Carpet Capital Collegiate in Rocky Face, Ga., Sept. 10-12.

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