Husky Golfers Felled in Match Play at U.S. Amateur
Aug. 22, 2001
ATLANTA, Ga. - Husky sophomore Brock Mackenzie and junior John Robertson were each felled today in the match-play round of 64 at the 101st U.S. Amateur Championship in Atlanta, Ga. Mackenzie, the 12th seed, lost 1-up to Japan's Taicihro Kiyota, while Robertson, seeded 20th, lost 3 and 2 to Colombian Manuel Merizalde.
Mackenzie, who led the Huskies in scoring as a freshman in 2000-2001, played the first five holes of the 7,091-yard, par-70 East Lake Golf Club course one-under par to take a 4-up lead. Kiyota, however, birdied the next four holes to cut Mackenzie's lead to 1-up. The Husky traded holes with Kiyota at 10 and 11, maintaining his 1-up lead with a string of pars over the next three holes. A bogey on 15, however, squared the match, and after two more pars on 16 and 17, Mackenzie bogeyed the par-three 18th, while Kiyota tapped in for par to win.
Robertson, meanwhile, bogeyed four of the first seven holes to fall 3-down to Merizalde. The Husky sohpomore made a run, playing the next six holes 3-under par, but was able to gain just one hole back from the Colombian, who made just two bogeys all day, closing out Robertson with a par four on the 16th hole.
The original field of 312 was cut to the low 64 after two days of medal play on Atlanta's East Lake Golf Club and Druid Hills Golf Club. The remaining 64 players were seeded into match-play brackets based on order of finish in the medal play competition.
Mackenzie earned his 12th seed by firing identical 69s on the tournament's first two days. Robertson gained a berth in the match-play rounds on the strength of rounds of 72-69 in the medal play. A third Husky, sophomore Corey Prugh, participated in the medal play but failed to make the cut after the tournament's second day.