CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. --- Chattanooga Mocs senior Steven Fox (Hendersonville, Tenn.) had quite a day at the United States Amateur Wednesday. It started first thing in the morning at historic Cherry Hills Country Club and ended with a rush.
Fox started his day at 7 a.m., local time as one of 17 vying for 14 spots in a playoff to get to match play. He played four holes to earn his berth in match play as his playoff got down to four players for three spots.
His opponent Jeff Osberg, an amateur from Philadelphia, Pa., got off to a quick start. He won two of the first three holes to take a 2up lead over the Mocs' All-East Region performer.
Fox's birdie on the par five fifth and par on the par three sixth squared the match. It stayed all square until the ninth when another Fox par gave him his first lead.
A birdie on 11 followed by pars on 12 and 14, a mammoth 521-yard par four, gave Fox a dominating 4up lead with four to play. Osberg captured the 15th with a par before the duo halved the 16th to give Fox the 3&2 win.
Fox heads back to the course at 10:50 a.m. (EDT) for match No. 9 in the Round of 32. He faces Dr. Douglas Hanzel of Savannah, Ga. Hanzel has been the No. 1 Golfer Doctors in America by Golf Digest.GoMocs.com is the official website of the Chattanooga Mocs. The Mocs can also be followed on their official Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ChattanoogaMocs, or on Twitter, www.twitter.com/GoMocs. Find out how to join the UTC Mocs Club and support more than 300 student-athletes by clicking here.