Aug. 21, 2011
ERIN HILLS, Wis. –
Florida State golfers Kyle Cobb, Wesley Graham and Brooks Koepka will all tee off on Monday in the first round of the 111th United States Amateur at the Erin Hills and Blue Mound Golf Clubs in Wisconsin. Cobb begins play for the trio of Seminoles with an 8:10 a.m. tee time from the 10th hole on the Blue Mounds Course with Koepka beginning play at 12:55 p.m. on the 1st hole on Blue Mounds. Graham will tee off at 1:35 on the first hole on the Erin Hills Course.
Cobb (Tallahassee, Fla.), Graham (Port Orange, Fla.) and Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) will compete in the oldest golf championship in the United States; it is one day older than the U.S. Open. Except for an eight-year period, 1965-1972, when it was stroke play, the Amateur has been a match-play championship. Throughout its history, the U.S. Amateur has been the most coveted of all amateur titles. Many of the great names of professional golf, such as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lanny Wadkins, Craig Stadler, Jerry Pate, Mark O’Meara, Hal Sutton, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, grace the Havemeyer Trophy.
“I just need to play smart golf,” said Cobb. “I’m playing very well and I want to let my game do the talking from this point forward.”
Cobb will play with Randy Haag (Orinda, Calif.) and Tyler Merkel (Evansville, Ind.); Graham will play with Blayne Barber (Lake City, Fla.) and James White (Acworth, Ga.) and Koepka will play with Matthew Sermain (San Geronimo, Calif.) and John Peterson (Fort Worth, Tex.) in the first round of stroke play on Monday. All three will then play again Tuesday as they attempt to qualify for match play during the remainder of the week.
“This year’s U.S. Am as two great courses as they usually do,” said Koepka. “Erin Hills will be a great test of golf this week. I am really feeling great and playing some of the best golf I have ever played so I am really excited to get started and play well in this event.”
Eighteen holes of stroke play are scheduled for Aug. 22 and 23, after which the field will be cut to the low 64 scorers. Six rounds of match play begin on Aug. 24 and the championship concludes with a scheduled 36-hole final match on Aug. 28.
Cobb, Graham and Koepka are three of the record 315 players in this year’s U.S. Amateur.
Live scoring can be found at usga.org and daily recaps can be found here at seminoles.com.