PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers rising junior Jonathan Chang (Valencia, Calif.) has advanced in match play to the round of 32 at the USGA Amateur Championship at Atlantic Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Georgia. Chang defeated Canada’s Taylor Pendrith 4&2 on Wednesday and will meet Denny McCarthy at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday.
Pendrith won the first two holes of match play on Wednesday. Chang responded by winning six of the next 12, while not losing a single hole. He held a four-hole lead with two holes remaining to advance.
Chang made the match play 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.
Coverage of Thursday's second and third round match play events will be aired on The Golf Channel from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Coverage of Thursday's second and third round match play events will be aired on The Golf Channel from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.Fans can follow live scoring for the event at http://www.usga.org/ChampEventScoresIndex.aspx?eid=17179869326&year=2014&id=21474862607.
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.
Chang was recently named to the Division I Ping All-Northeast Region Team while also earning American Athletic Conference All-Academic honors. 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.