Nathan Lashley Advances to Second Round of Match Play at U.S. Amateur

Aug. 20, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's golfer Nathan Lashley advanced to the second round of match play the 2003 United States Amateur Championship with a 2-up victory Wednesday at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa.

A junior from Scottsbluff, Neb., Lashley defeated Steve Conway of Irvine, Calif., 2-up to advance to the second round of match play on Thursday. Seeded 46th after stroke play, Lashley pulled off the upset over the 19th-seeded Conway by never trailing in the match. He opened with a birdie to win the opening hole and responded with a birdie or par on holes six, eight and 10 to regain the lead after the match had fallen all square. Lashley added a birdie on the 379-yard par-four 11th hole to push the lead to 2-up and held that margin over four of the last seven holes.

Lashley will face Matt Kohn of Longwood, Fla., in Thursday's second round. The match is scheduled to begin at 9:25 a.m. EDT.

Lashley qualified for match play after posting a 71-75=146 (+6) during the stroke play portion on Monday and Tuesday. He tied for 33rd place among the Amateur's 312 qualifiers. UA teammate Chris Nallen also participated in the U.S. Amateur, but did not qualify for match play after shooting a 75-73=148 (+8) during stroke play.

The 103rd U.S. Amateur continues through Sunday at Oakmont Country Club, a par 70, 7,171-yard layout.