PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers rising junior Jonathan Chang (Valencia, Calif.) has qualified for match play at the USGA Amateur Championship at Atlantic Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Georgia. Chang will compete versus Canada’s Taylor Pendrith at 1:20 p.m. today, with television coverage of the event to take place on The Golf Channel from 4-6 p.m.
Chang made the cut after carding a 144 (72-72) in the opening two rounds of stroke play, placing tied for 43rd overall in the highly competitive field.
In the USGA Amateur Championship, there are two days of stroke play qualifying to determine the 64 players who advance to match play. The "Match Play Tree" is then established - much like the NCAA basketball tournament - and players are seeded according to how they played during stroke play. Match play is a competition played by holes rather than total strokes for the round. Two opponents play against each other and while there may be other players on the course, each group is its own match and has nothing to do with the rest of the field. The winners of each match keep advancing until there is only one player left. With 64 players, this occurs after six matches.
Fans can follow live scoring for the event at http://www.usga.org/ChampEventScoreDetail.aspx?id=17179869326&year=2014&type=match1.
Chang was recently named to the Division I Ping All-Northeast Region Team. Playing in first position under head coach Rob Shutte, he had another strong season for the Scarlet Knights and led the team in scoring in each of the final five tournaments this past spring.
The winner of the USGA Amateur Championship will likely receive an invitation to the next Masters Tournament.