CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. — Justin Thomas righted himself after nearly falling out of contention in stroke-play qualifying, and he carried his momentum into the first round of match play Wednesday at the U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills.
The 19-year-old Thomas, a member of the golf team at the University of Alabama, beat Barry Dyche of Charlotte, N.C., 3 and 1 to advance to the round of 32.
“It was a well-fought match, but this is the U.S. Amateur and there are no easy matches,” said Thomas, whose Alabama teammate, Bobby Wyatt, entered match play as the top seed in the 64-player field.
Wyatt, who teed off against Taylor Hancock of Clearwater, Fla., later in the day, tied the tournament record by shooting a 9-under 132 in the two-day, 36-hole qualifying rounds.
Thomas, seeded 16th, said he was brimming with confidence after managing to turn his play around midway through the final round of stroke play.