Cole Qualifies for U.S. Amateur Match Play

Eli Cole

Aug. 15, 2012


DENVER—TCU senior Eli Cole became one of 64 golfers to advance to the match play portion of the 112th U.S. Amateur Championship on Wednesday, surviving a sudden-death playoff following two rounds of stroke play at Cherry Hills Country Club.

Cole, one of two TCU golfers to compete in the tournament along with rising sophomore Julien Brun, concluded the two-round stroke play section of the event among a 17-player group that tied for 51st place at +2 after carding rounds of 71 and 72. The group competed in a sudden-death playoff Wednesday morning for the final 14 spots in match play, with Cole advancing. He earned the No. 56 seed and will face Australia’s Oliver Goss (No. 9 seed) in the Round of 64 starting at 12:50 a.m. CDT on Wednesday. Goss is the world’s 38th-rated amateur according to the most recent R&A World Amateur Golf Rankings.

Following Wednesday’s competition, two rounds will be played on Thursday, followed by the quarterfinals on Friday, the semifinals on Saturday and the final match on Sunday.

Cole’s successful performance at the U.S. Amateur could forecast a big season on the horizon for the Horned Frogs in 2012-13. The Beverly Hills, Calif., native, who was forced to sit out the entire 2011-12 season while rehabbing a leg injury, is expected to help form a talented Frog nucleus that also features the 2012 NCAA Championship runner-up in Brun and two other golfers from last season’s NCAA lineup in senior Daniel Jennevret and sophomore Thomas Mantovanini. The squad should also receive a big boost from the arrival of French newcomer Paul Barjon, who is listed as high as No. 57 in the world amateur rankings.

Brun joined Cole at this year’s U.S. Amateur but failed to advance to match play after finishing in a tie for 82nd at +4, two strokes back of the cut line. The event concluded a busy summer for the 2012 First-Team All-American, who also competed in the British Amateur and French Open before finishing runner-up in a playoff at an amateur event last week in the Netherlands. He also helped push Team Europe to a victory over Team USA back in late June at the prestigious Palmer Cup college match play event held in Northern Ireland.

TCU opens the 2012-13 campaign, its first season as a member of the Big 12 Conference, on Sept. 1 at the Carmel Cup in Monterey, Calif.



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