Kent State's Corey Conners finishes third at U.S. Amateur
The magical run of Kent State's Corey Conners at the United States Amateur ended on Saturday in a 2 & 1 semifinal loss to England's Matt Fitzpatrick at the Country Club in Brookline, Mass. Conners held a 2-up lead through five holes, but couldn't overcome a run by Fitzpatrick that included a 40-foot putt at the sixth hole and a chip-in at the eighth.
Fitzpatrick built a 2-up lead through 15 holes before Conners pulled closer with a birdie two at the 166-yard 16th hole. The British amateur answered with a match closing birdie at the 369-yard 17th hole.
"We had a little chat after the match, and Corey said he just ran into a very hot player," said Kent State golf coach Herb Page. "Corey said Fitzpatrick is very special player with great hands. There is no shame losing in match play when you run into somebody on a hot streak. But I thought Corey played fabulously. He should be ver very proud.
"We've only had one other guy have a run like Corey has this summer. It's pretty unbelievable when you think he had a fourth at the Monroe Invitational to start the season, then a second-place finish at the North and South Amateur, a second in the Canadian Amateur and now a third in the United States Amateur. I'm sure he will be top-20 in the world. He is going to move way up and deservedly so."
According to Page, Conners is already eager to use his summer run to springboard a big senior season.
"I told him to relax and take a couple of days off, and all he said is how he is really pumped up for his senior year at Kent State," said Page. "He is a competitive guy. He isn't happy with seconds and thirds."
Story courtesy of Kent State Athletic Communications