BY TERRY BRIDGE
LISTOWEL BANNER SPORTS
CHERRY HILLS, CO – Corey Conners qualified for the first round of match play at the U.S. Amateur Championship, but was eliminated by California’s Max Homa.
Conners shot 67-75 over the first two rounds of stroke play at the Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo. The Listowel native’s plus-one total gave him a tie for 39th, qualifying him for match play. Only the top 64 of 311 golfers qualify for the first of six rounds of match play.
Homa, from the community of Valencia, won the match ‘5 and 4’, meaning he was up five holes with just four holes to go, clinching the head-to-head game after 15 holes. Regardless of how much you win a hole by, each hole is only worth one.
Homa started by winning No. 2, 3, 5 and 6. Conners took No. 8 to close the gap to three, but Homa won holes 12 and 13 to push the gap to five. After the pair halved No. 14, it was game over.
Conners was one of just seven Canadians in the initial field. Only four Canucks qualified for match play, which Conners, 20, said was his goal going into the tournament, held Aug. 13-19. He earned an exemption into the event after being ranked the No. 1 men’s amateur golfer in Canada earlier this summer.