EAST LOTHIAN, Scotland --- Chattanooga rising junior Stephan Jaeger qualified into the match play portion of the 2010 British Amateur. Jaeger tied for 27th firing a two-day total of 141, one-under par, in stroke play.
The qualifying stroke play rounds included 288 golfers vying for 64 spots in match play. The 36 holes were competed at North Berwick and the famed Muirfield links. Each golfer played 18 at both courses. Muirfield will host all four days of match play.
The British Amateur dates back to 1885 with 44 players from 12 clubs entering the first championship. Now entrants are limited to 288 before qualifying the top 64 and ties to advance to the match play bracket. This is the second straight year Jaeger has qualified for match play as he made it to the round of 32 in 2009.
There are four days of match play beginning on Wednesday, June 16. Each round consists of 18 holes except the final which is played over 36 holes on Saturday, June 20. Wednesday will be a long day of match play as 73 players qualified with 17 tied on the cutline of 143, plus one.
Jaeger was recently named to the PING All-East Region for the second time in as many years. He was ranked No. 102 in the world on June 6 in the R&A World Amateur Golf Rankings.
The last time the amateur was competed at Muirfield was 1998. Sergio Garcia claimed the title with a 7&6 win over Craig Williams of Wales. That field included 2006 U.S. Open winner Geoff Ogilvy and 2008 Masters Champion Trevor Immelman who both lost in the quarterfinal of match play.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.