Aug. 20, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Saint Joseph's sophomore golfer Cole Willcox and 2007 graduate Phil Arouca competed in the U.S. Amateur, the top amateur competition in America. The two began action Monday morning at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. Both Arouca and Willcox carded a seven-over-par 77 in Monday's opening round on the Lakeside Course.
In the second round, Willcox fared much better shooting a one-over-par 71 on the Ocean Course to finish at 148, eight-over-par, one stroke short of the cutline of 147. His final standing was T76, top 64 advance to Match Play.
Arouca shot a second round seven-over-par 77 finishing tied for 186th at 154 for two days.
Competing in five matches for the Hawks last year, Willcox averaged a team-best 74.6 strokes-per-round average, earning two top-10 finishes along the way. A two-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference member, Arouca averaged 74.7 strokes-per-round over 30 rounds last season, and finished tied for seventh at the A-10 Championship.
The two, who were paired together, alongside Jakin Fox, opened first round play at 7:20 a.m. at the Olympic Club in San Francisco MOnday. The grouping began second round play on the front nine at the Olympic Club at 1:35 p.m. on Tuesday after a fog delay. Following the opening two rounds, format changes to match play, with the final match being played Sunday, August 26. For up to the minute information, please check http://www.usamateur.org/.