ATLANTA - With his final birdie on the final hole of the day, University of Houston senior Roman Robledo posted an even-par 72 and clinched a spot in match play following the Second Round of the U.S. Amateur Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club.
Starting his day on No. 10, Robledo was part of a pack of players sitting on the projected cut line at +2 before he drained his third and final birdie of the day on the 484-yard, par-4 ninth hole. With that, he surged into a tie for 43rd at even-par 144.
Playing as the No. 46 seed, Robledo will meet No. 19 seed Mookie DeMoss (Duluth, Ga.) at 11:50 a.m., Wednesday. The winner will face the winner of the No. 14-seed Robby Shelton (Wilmer, Ala.)-No. 51 seed Dan Stringfellow (Roselle, Ill.) match at 8:55 a.m., Thursday, in the Round of 32.
This marks the second straight season that Houston Men's Golf has been represented in match play at the U.S. Amateur Championship. A year ago, junior Blair Hamilton competed in the Round of 32 at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., becoming the first Cougar to advance that far since 2000.
Freshman-to-be Michael Perras tied with Robledo with an even-par 72 on the Riverside Course to better his First-Round score by nearly 10 strokes. Starting the day on No. 10, the Deer Park, Texas, native, two of his first four holes and went on to a 35 on his opening nine holes.
Perras birdied the 618-yard, par-5 first hole to open his back nine and added another birdie on No. 7. The Deer Park High product tied for 208th overall at 10-over-par 153.
Letterman Wesley McClain shot a 78 in Tuesday's Second Round and tied for 274th at 157.
All three players made their U.S. Amateur Championship debuts. Fans can follow live scoring by visiting USGA.org and following the appropriate links.
Earlier this month, Houston Women's Golf junior Raegan Bremer qualified for match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y.
ABOUT Roman Robledo
Robledo, who will be a senior with the Cougars in 2014-15, recently finished one of the finest seasons in school history. The Harlingen, Texas, native won four tournaments in 2013-14, including three straight to open the spring campaign.
His 71.24 scoring average ranks sixth in Houston single-season history, and he moved into a tie for fourth in school history with five individual titles during his career.
For his impressive achievements, Robledo was named to the PING All-America Second Team, the first Cougar to be honored so highly since Andy Sanders in 2000. He also earned places on the PING All-Central Region and All-American Athletic Conference teams.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
The U.S. Amateur Championship winner receives a gold medal and custody of the Havemeyer Trophy for the ensuing year, an exemption from qualifying for the 2015 U.S. Open, an exemption from qualifying for the next 10 U.S. Amateur Championships, an exemption from qualifying for the 2015 British Open Championship and a likely invitation to the 2015 Masters Tournament.
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