ATLANTA - University of Houston senior All-American Roman Robledo rallied to win three of the last four holes on the way to a 1-up victory against No. 19 seed Mookie DeMoss during the Round of 64 at the U.S. Amateur Championship
Wednesday's matchup did not start well for Robledo, who dropped each of the first three holes for an early deficit. After halving the next two holes with DeMoss, the Harlingen, Texas, native rallied to square the match by winning hole Nos. 6-8.
The two players halved Nos. 9 and 10 before DeMoss grabbed a 2-up lead with par-birdie on the 11th and 12th holes, respectively. When the two players halved the next two holes, Robledo had to win two of the final four holes to force a tie. He would do one better than that.
Robledo, who was competing as the No. 46 seed, birdied the 213-yard, par-3 15th hole to trim the deficit to 1-down after DeMoss finished with par. Both players made pars on the 16th hole to set the stage for the final two holes.
With a par on the 194-yard, par-3 17th hole, Robledo evened the match after DeMoss bogeyed. On the final hole of the day, Robledo again posted par as DeMoss finished with his second straight bogey to end the match.
With Wednesday's win, Robledo moves to the Round of 32, where he will face No. 14 seed Robby Shelton at 8:55 a.m., Thursday. With a win in the morning match, he would return to the course to face the winner of the Cheng-Tsung Pan-Bryson DeChambeau match at 1:30 p.m., Thursday.
Fans can watch Second and Third Round coverage on The Golf Channel from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday.
This marks the second straight season that a Houston Men's Golfer has advanced to the Round of 32 at the U.S. Amateur Championship. A year ago, junior Blair Hamilton made it that far at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.
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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