Sunday August 12, 2012Gators' Vogel Returns to the U.S. Amateur
The University of Florida’s T.J. Vogel (Cooper City, Fla.) will begin play at the 112th U.S. Amateur Championship at the Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo. on Monday, Aug. 13.This marks the second-consecutive year Vogel has played in the U.S. Amateur.
The senior golfer received an exemption from qualifying via his 2012 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship title.
Eighteen holes of stroke play are scheduled for Aug. 13 and 14 at the par-71, 7,432 yard course. The field will then be cut to the low 64 scorers. Six rounds of match play will begin on Aug. 15 and the championship concludes with a 36-hole final match on Aug. 19.
The U.S. Amateur Championship is the oldest golf championship in the country, a day older than the U.S. Open. Throughout its history, the U.S. Amateur has been the most coveted of all amateur titles.
Four former Florida golfers have won the U.S. Amateur Championship. Bob Murphy was the first Gator to win the U.S. Amateur when he took the title in 1965. Steve Melnyk claimed the championship four years later. Fred Ridley went on to win in 1975 and Bubba Dickerson won in 2001. Head coach Buddy Alexander is also a past winner, the only active college coach to own a U.S. Amateur title.
Billy Horschel claimed the individual medal for the stroke-play portion of the tournament in 2006.