West Falls on 18th Hole in U.S. Amateur Match Play

by LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
West Falls on 18th Hole in U.S. Amateur Match Play

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — LSU sophomore men’s golfer Heath West lost to Jason Powell by one stroke on Wednesday in the first round of match play competition at the 2002 United States Amateur.

West advanced to match play after firing consecutive 70s in stroke play during the weekend. Powell edged West by winning on the 18th and final hole of the competition on Wednesday. West was making his first appearance in the Amateur. The Dothan, Ala., a 2002 Second Team All-Southeastern Conference selection, finished in a tie for 15th place after the completion of stroke play on Tuesday.

Second-round matches will continue on Thursday with the final 36-hole match to take place on Sunday. The winner earns a spot in the 2003 U.S. Open and a possible invitation to the Masters.

“Heath had a great tournament and really played well,” said LSU head coach Greg Jones. “It was a privilege for Heath to have this opportunity and he gave a great effort.”

West and the Tigers open the 2002-03 season on Sept. 9-10 at the Cleveland Golf/Kiawah Island Intercollegiate in Charleston, S.C.