ATLANTA - Falling into an early deficit, University of Houston senior Roman Robledo rallied but fell short in a 3 & 2 decision to Denny McCarthy on Friday afternoon during the U.S. Amateur Championship Quarterfinals at Atlanta Athletic Club.
Robledo, who was playing as the No. 46 seed, became the first Cougar to advance to the U.S. Amateur Championship Quarterfinals since All-American Andy Sanders in 1999.
For his fourth consecutive match, Robledo dropped the first hole but answered on the next hole with par to square the match. However, McCarthy won the next three holes as Robledo endured a pair of bogeys to take a lead he would never relinquish.
Robledo, who was a PING All-America Second-Team honoree as a junior in 2013-14, rallied and moved to within 1-down at the turn after winning Nos. 7 and 8.
McCarthy posted par on the fourth hole to regain a 2-up lead, but Robledo birdied the 560-yard, par-5 12th hole to trim the deficit back to 1-down.
Both players recorded pars on the 13th hole, and McCarthy regained a 2-up lead on the 14th despite a bogey as Robledo double-bogeyed the hole.
After halving No. 15, Robledo birdied the 484-yard, par-5 16th hole, but McCarthy was one shot better with an eagle to clinch the match.
This wasn't Houston Golf's first appearance in match play at the U.S. Amateur Championship this summer. 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.
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