August 25th, 2011
Thomas Advances At U.S. Amateur Tourney
Local product wins 1st round with eagle, will play in round of 32
St. Xavier High School alum Justin Thomas is making another run at the U.S. Amateur Golf Championship.
Despite an array of weather-related delays at Erin Hills Country Club (Milwaukee, WI, Thomas has hung around and defeated Scotland's Michael Stewart going away on Thursday morning, 5 & 3, to advance to the round of 32 in match play. Thomas' eagle on the par-4 15th hole was the clinching shot.
Thomas, who qualified for match play after shooting a two-day score of 68-70 -- 138 during stroke play, will now face Jack Senior of England in the second round. Play in that matchup is scheduled to begin at approximately 1:10pm on Thursday afternoon.
From here on out, action will be televised on the Golf Channel.
Thomas, who is an incoming freshman for the University of Alabama men's golf team this season, reached the round of 64 during last year's U.S. Amateur. During his opening match in 2010, Thomas roared back from three holes down with six holes to go and birdied No. 18 to force a playoff hole against Alabama's Steve Strohmeyer.
He would go on to bogey the 19th hole and was eliminated from competition.
Thomas was a member of the 2010 Junior Ryder Cup team - a squad that defeated Europe by a score of 13 1/2 to 10 1/2 in Scotland.
LouisvilleCatholicSports.com will continue to follow Thomas' progress. Check back to the site regularly for updates.