The 2014 U.S. Amateur Championships are well underway at the Atlanta Athletic Club this week, and a trio of Dawgs are continuing the #CountryClubU tradition with their success. The event is two days of stroke play, before the top 64 players from those 36 holes pair up to compete in match play to decide a champion.
Georgia's junior Lee McCoy, out of Habersham Central, has enjoyed a bit of a home course advantage thanks to being within the Peach State's borders, as he finished tied for first in stroke play with Arkansas junior Taylor Moore. McCoy earned second team All-American honors last year, and was Georgia's high school Player of the Year in 2012. Senior Mookie DeMoss, out of Duluth was tied for 14th after stroke play, while incoming freshman Zach Healy from Norcross had to win one of 4 spots of 17 players this morning in a playoff after finishing tied for 61st following stroke play.
McCoy gets long time amateur winner Nathan Smith this afternoon in his first match play match-up. DeMoss will take on University of Houston senior Roman Robledo. Healy will attempt to upset Taiwan native and University of Washington senior Cheng-Tsung Pan. The Golf Channel will be airing these matches today between 4 and 6, with more coverage coming later this week as the rounds progress.
As I type, Healy should just be getting started, with McCoy about to tee off, and DeMoss said to be "3 up thru 4". Goooooooooooooooooooo Dawgs!