CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. (UTC) -- Chattanooga senior Steven Fox had quite a day at the United States Amateur Wednesday, starting first thing in the morning at historic Cherry Hills Country Club and ending with a rush.
Fox started his day at 7 a.m., local time as one of 17 players in a playoff for 14 spots to get to match play. He played four holes to earn his berth in the bracket.
His opponent in the opening round was Jeff Osberg, an amateur from Philadelphia, Pa. Osberg got off to a quick start by winning two of the first three holes to take an early 2-up lead over Fox, a 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.
Information provided by UTC Sports Media Relations and GoMocs.com.