Aug. 3, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Kyle Cobb, who will play as a graduate student for the Florida State University men’s golf team in 2011-12, will play in the 111th U.S. Amateur Championship at the Erin Hill Golf Course in Erin, Wis., August 22-28, 2011. Cobb (Tallahassee, Fla.) qualified to play in the tournament as he finished in a tie for second place at a U.S. Amateur qualifier in the Llanerch Country Club in Havertown, Pa.
Cobb, who shot scores of 69+74=143, will be making his second U.S. Amateur appearance. He played in the 2006 tournament at Hazeltine National Golf Club. He finished in a tie for second place with Andrew Mason (Huntingdon Valley, Pa.) and Christopher Crawford (Bensalem, Pa.) and seven strokes behind Jeffrey Osberg (West Chester, Pa.) who earned medalist honors with a two-round total of 136.
The weather-delayed event was played on two different courses; Cobb shot a 69 on Monday at Rolling Green Golf Club and carded a 74 on Tuesday at Llanerch. His first round score was the third best of the first day behind only Osberg’s 67 and Crawford’s 67.
“The qualifier was on two pretty tough courses,” said Cobb. “I played solid golf all day and felt like I struck the ball well. I’m truly excited for the opportunity to represent Florida State in our national championship. If I can bring the confidence I`ve developed under Coach Jones at FSU to the tournament, I will compete with the best.”
The U.S. Amateur Championship is the oldest golf championship in the country – one day older than the U.S. Open. Except for an eight-year period, from 1965-72, 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, including Gene Littler, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lanny Wadkins, Craig Stadler, Jerry Pate, Mark O’Meara, Hal Sutton, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods have won the event and the Havemeyer Cup which is awarded to the champion.
Peter Uihlein, a rising senior at Oklahoma State, has qualified for the event and will look to defend the title he won in 2010.
The individual champion and the runner-up at the U.S. Amateur earn exemptions into the Master’s Championship and the U.S. Open the next year. Former Seminole Drew Kittleson finished in second place at the 2009 U.S. Amateur and played in both the Master’s and U.S. Open in 2010.
Cobb enters the 2011-12 season as one of Florida State’s most experienced players. A member of three NCAA Tournament teams as a Seminole, he has played in 11 career tournaments including a career high seven as a senior member of the Florida State men’s golf team during the fall of 2010 and the spring of 2011. Cobb earned his way into the Seminoles’ starting line-up in each of the seven events he played in as a senior in 2010-11. He earned his undergraduate degree in political science and will work toward a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications while he continues his playing career this season as a Seminole.