Aug 15, 2013
Brookline, Mass. – Georgia Tech’s Seth Reeves rallied by winning two straight holes midway through the back nine, but Australia’s Brady Watt held firm and eliminated the Yellow Jacket senior, 3 and 2, in the round of 32 Thursday at the 113th U.S. Amateur Championship.
Watt, the world’s 9th-ranked amateur and co-medalist in the stroke play portion of the championship at the Country Club of Brookline, won the first two holes of the match and was 5-up after 10 holes. He birdied the par-3 2nd to go 2-up, birdied the par-4 6th to go 3-up, and birdied the par-4 10th go to 5-up.
Reeves, who had tied for 27th in stroke play, birdied the par-4 13th and then also won the par-4 14th when Watt bogeyed, but the Australian halved the next two holes to finish it off.
The senior from Duluth, Ga., scored a big win in his first-round match, a 1-up decision over Jordan Niebrugge of Mequon, Wis., who was ranked 23rd in the world and came into the championship having won the U.S. Amateur Public Links and Western Amateur titles.
Reeves comes back to Tech to begin fall semester after having won the Southern Amateur and finishing 21st or better in six other events this summer. All six returning Tech players who attempted to qualify for the U.S. Amateur did so, and three – Reeves, Bo Andrews and Richard Werenski, advanced to match play.
The Yellow Jackets will open their fall season Sept. 6-8 at the Carpet Capital Collegiate in Rocky Face, Ga.
EIGHT JACKETS IN THE FIELD AT WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Tech has a chance to build its lead in the Rivals Cup further this week, with eight alumni in the field for the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C. Roberto Castro, Stewart Cink, Paul Haley, Troy Matteson, Bryce Molder, Nicholas Thompson and Cameron Tringale are competing at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. Chesson Hadley, who ranks third on the Web.com Tour in earning this season, has received a sponsor’s exemption into the field for the event, which is near his hometown of Raleigh.
About Georgia Tech Golf
Georgia Tech’s golf team is in its 19th year under head coach Bruce Heppler. The Yellow Jackets have won 14 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, made 26 appearances in the NCAA Championship and been the national runner-up four times.