JOHNS CREEK, Ga. --- Three Georgia golfers have advanced to the match play portion of the United States Amateur Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
Junior Lee McCoy finished tied for first in stroke play at 8-under 135, senior Mookie DeMoss tied for 14th at 3-under 140, while freshman Zach Healy tied for 61st at 2-over 145. Former Georgia golfers Butler Melnyk (5-over) and Keith Mitchell (11-over) missed the cut.
“I couldn't be any happier,” said McCoy of sharing the medal. “Well, I guess I could be. I'd like to be holding the trophy at the end of the week but that being said, it is a long week. It's great to be a high seed going into the weekend, but you know, main goal is still in check. I am still trying to get that trophy.”
McCoy, the 2012 Georgia High School Player of the Year at Habersham Central who is playing in his first U.S. Amateur, was buoyed by local support.
“Oh, it's awesome,” he said. “I got so many ‘Go Dogs’ out there on the golf course today it was unbelievable. It's awesome to be so close to home, and I've got plenty of friends and family out here to support me this week.”
McCoy, the No. 1 seed, will take on 64th seed Nathan Smith of Pittsburgh, Pa., at 2:10 p.m. Wednesday in match play. DeMoss, the No. 19 seed, will face No. 46 Roman Robledo of Harlingen, Texas, at 12:50 p.m. Healy survived a 17-for-4 playoff Wednesday morning to snare the No. 62 seed and he will take on Cheng-Tsung Pan of Chinese Taipei at 1:50 p.m.
First-round matches will be aired on the Golf Channel Wednesday from 4-6 p.m.