With an 18-foot birdie putt on the 37th hole, Steven Fox edged out Michael Weaver for victory at the U.S. Amateur Championship. The Chattanooga senior became the highest seed, No. 63, to win the U.S. Amateur (in 1999, David Gossett won at Pebble Beach ranked No. 57).
“My goal was just to make it to the Match Play the first time, being my first U.S. Amateur,” said Fox, who earned an exemption to next year’s U.S. Open and British Open, and will likely receive an invitation to the 2012 Masters Tournament. “I just kept going and kept fighting. This is awesome.”
Fox earned top-10 finishes in his two AJGA starts before signing with the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga where he has earned nine top-10 finishes including a win at the 2010 Furman Intercollegiate. Earlier this summer, Fox advanced to the round of 16 at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
Updated August 17, 2012
The U.S. Amateur Championship final will come down to two former AJGA players, as all four players entering Saturday’s semifinals are alumni.
After defeating Alabama teammate Bobby Wyatt during the round of 16, Justin Thomas faced off against Oliver Goss of Australia. Thomas prevailed, 2-up, in the only match of the day to go 18 holes. The two-time Rolex Junior All-American will meet UC-Berkeley golfer Michael Weaver in the semifinals.
Weaver, who captured two AJGA victories during his junior career, bested Portugal’s Ricardo Gouveia, 4 and 3, to earn his spot in the semifinals.
“I’m having a great week and I couldn’t be happier,” Weaver said. “I’ve taken it one day at a time, one match at a time, and I’ve played well.”
Joining Weaver in the semifinals is fellow Cal golfer Brandon Hagy, who will go head-to-head with Steven Fox, a senior at University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. A former HP Scholastic Junior All-American, Hagy defeated Cheng-Tsung Pan in the quarterfinals, 4 and 3. Fox, who competed in two AJGA events, claimed his spot in the semifinals after ousting Chris Williams, the No. 1 ranked amateur in the world, 4 and 2.