Killeen, Rubinson Advance to Match Play at U.S. Amateur

J.J. Killeen is seeded 37th in the U.S. Amateur match play.

J.J. Killeen is seeded 37th in the U.S. Amateur match play.

Aug. 19, 2003

OAKMONT, Pa. - TCU junior J.J. Killeen and 2003 graduate Adam Rubinson qualified for the match play portion of the U.S. Amateur on Tuesday. It is the first time in school history that a pair of Horned Frog golfers reached the field of 64 in the same year, and it is the first time that either golfer has reached this stage of the U.S. Amateur. Previously, the last Frog golfer to reach the final 64 was Andy Doeden, who advanced to the round of 32 in 2001.

Rubinson, who fired a one-under 69 on Tuesday for a two-day 143 (+3), placed in a tie for 13th at the event. Killeen landed in a share of 33rd with a six-over 146 after posting a three-over 73. Sophomore Drew Pigg, who recorded a five-over-par 75 on the second day, posted a nine-over 149 for the tournament to place in a tie for 80th.

The 312-player field now has been cut to the top 64 golfers after two days of stroke play competition. The cut line for the two-round event was plus-seven. Killeen entered the day tied for 66th place with 26 other players following the first round, while Pigg and Rubinson were among 29 golfers sharing the 94th position. After playing the Oakmont Country Club course on Monday, all three TCU golfers played the Pittsburgh Field Club links on Tuesday.

"I am so proud of each of these guys," TCU head coach Bill Montigel said. "I have never had two guys make the match play in the same year, so it is quite an accomplishment for J.J. and Adam. And Drew Pigg really played well too. To shoot the scores that they did on those courses is remarkable."

Killeen's Tuesday card included an eagle, two birdies, three bogeys and two double-bogeys. Killeen, who lives in Lubbock, has enjoyed two impressive seasons with the Horned Frogs, helping the squad to back-to-back conference titles. The 2002 Conference USA Co-Freshman of the Year owns a career scoring average of 73.78 over 24 tournaments. He had one top-10 and three top-20 finishes during his sophomore season after grabbing four top-20s as a freshman. His best finish to date is a tie for sixth at the Prestige at PGA West last November. Killeen, who attended Coronado High School, is a former Texas Class 5A state champion.

Rubinson, a two-time All-American and three-time all-conference performer with the Horned Frogs, played the back side of the Pittsburgh Field Club at two-under to move up the leaderboard. The Fort Worth native and Walker Cup team member is currently rated seventh in the Golfweek/Titleist Men's Amateur Rankings. Rubinson, the runner-up at the 2002 NCAA Championships, has enjoyed an outstanding summer competing as an amateur. He tied for 10th at Sunnehanna, was fifth at the Northeast Amateur, won the Rice Planters Amateur and was a semifinalist at the Western Amateur.

Once again after a five-over-par 40 on the way out, Pigg rebounded, this time with an even-par 35 on his second nine holes. Pigg made the Amateur after tying for second place in his qualifier, which was played at the Gentle Creek Golf Course in Prosper, Texas. He appeared in three collegiate tournaments as a true freshman in 2002-03, and carried a 77.56 scoring average with a low round of 70. Pigg, who graduated from Plano West, was a two-time American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) All-American. He placed third at the 2001 Texas State Tournament and was runner-up at the 2002 Championships.

Match play begins on Wednesday, Aug. 20 and will conclude on Sunday, Aug. 24 with the championship match. In Wednesday's opening round, the 37th-seeded Killeen will face No. 28 Chris Erwin of Franklin, Tenn., beginning at 10:20 (ET). Meanwhile, Rubinson, seeded 20th, is pitted against 45th-seeded Brandon Knaub of York, Pa. The duo has a 10:10 (ET) tee time.

For more information and live scoring, visit the official website of the U.S. Amateur: www.usamateur.com.

 

 


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