Cameron Sisk Advances To Round of 32 at U.S. Amateur
Sun Devil Cameron Sisk got in the U.S. Amateur with a birdie on the first playoff hole early Wednesday morning and then used that momentum in the afternoon en route to a 5 and 4 win over Ben Shipp in the Round of 64. He will play in the Round of 32 on Thursday against Jack Trent at 9 a.m.
Sisk was one of five current Sun Devils who began play Monday (August 10) at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore. He fell behind after one hole as Shipp birdied, but Sisk birdied three of the next four holes. He then won holes 12, 13 and 14 to shut the door. He was one of just three players to win by at least 4 up in the 32 matches played on Wednesday.
Five matches to watch Thursday morning at #USAmateur:
Wilson Furr v. Harrison Ott, 7 AM PT
Julian Perico v. Tyler Strafaci, 7:30
Aman Gupta v. Jonathan Yaun, 8
Frankie Capan v. Philip Barbaree, 8:30
Cameron Sisk v. Jack Trent, 9
— Brentley Romine (@BrentleyGC) August 13, 2020
The 264-player field played 18 holes on both Monday and Tuesday. Match play continues with 18 hole matches each day until the final on Sunday that is 36 holes.
Three Sun Devils have won the U.S. Amateur title, with the last win by a Sun Devil coming 20 years ago when Eugene, Ore., native Jeff Quinney beat James Driscoll in 39 holes in New Jersey.
Sisk -- a third-team All-American in 2019-20 who also has a 3.65 grade point average -- will begin his junior season in 2020-21 with the third-best career scoring average by a Sun Devil in the Golfstat era (70.92 in in 61 rounds), behind only Jon Rahm (70.21 in 165 rounds from 2012-16) and Chun An Yu (70.40 in 116 from 2016-20). He started with medalist honors at Maui Jim Intercollegiate (Sept. 13-15, 2019) with a 14-under 196 at the Mirabel Golf Club in Scottsdale.
18 players were tied at 2 over par through the 36 holes of stroke play qualifying. 3 spots in the top 64 remained.
Congrats to Aaron Du, Cameron Sisk and Evan Katz on prevailing in the playoff this morning and finding their way into the Match Play rounds! pic.twitter.com/5J3N6pRe4g
— Bandon Dunes (@BandonDunesGolf) August 12, 2020
SUN DEVIL U.S. AMATEUR CHAMPIONS
2000: Jeff Quinney defeated James Driscoll, 39 holes; Baltusrol G.C., Springfield, N.J.; Medalists — 137, Jim Salinetti, Jeff Wilson; Entries: 7,124
1990: Phil Mickelson defeated Manny Zerman, 5 and 4; Cherry Hills C.C., Englewood, Colo.; Medalist — 135, Phil Mickelson; Entries: 4,765
1987: Bill Mayfair defeated Eric Rebmann, 4 and 3; Jupiter Hills Club (Hills Course), Jupiter, Fla.; Medalist — 141, Scott Gump; Entries: 4,084
ABOUT THE PLAYOFF
Sisk, Evan Katz and Aaron Du earned the final three spots in the match-play draw in an 18-for-3 playoff. Sisk, a semifinalist in the 2018 U.S. Junior Amateur, and Katz birdied the par-4 10th hole and Du sealed the last spot with a birdie on No. 11. Sisk was the lone player of the three to post a Round-of-64 win.