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Courtesy: Clyde Click
Four Blue Devils to Tee Off in 118th U.S.Amateur
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 08/13/2017
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DURHAM, N.C. -- Two current and two former Blue Devils will be in action at the 107th U.S. Amateur at Riviera & Bel-Air Country Clubs in Los Angeles starting Monday and Tuesday August 14 and 15.

In all, 312 players will compete in stroke play the first two days with the field then cut to the low 64 for match play. All match play will be held at Riviera Country Club. The round of 64 will be August 16, both the rounds of 32 & 16 on August 17, the quarterfinals on August 18 with the semis on August 19. The final match play for the title will be a 36-hole match on Sunday, August 20.

Rising junior Alex Smalley, the stroke play medalist at last year's US Amateur, will tee off at Bel-Air off the 1st tee at 8:45 a.m. Monday and then off 10 tee at Riviera on Tuesday at 2 p.m.  Smalley qualified for the Amateur as the result of him playing earlier this summer in the U.S. Open.

Incoming freshman Adrien Pendaries makes his way from France to compete before heading to campus to start the school year. Pendaries advanced to the US Am after finishing as runner up in qualifying July 24-25 at La Gorce Country Club in Miami Beach, Florida. He tees off Monday off one tee at Bel-Air at 8:13 a.m. and then Tuesday off 10 tee at Riviera at 1:28 p.m.

Recent grad Matt Oshrine will go off 10 at Bel-Air at 12:15 p.m. on Monday and then Tuesday off one tee at Riviera at 7 a.m. Oshrine qualified by earning medalist honors July 17-18 at the Country Club of Woodmore in Mitchellville, Maryland.

Alum Michael Muehr completes the foursome of Blue Devils in action. The 1994 Duke grad lettered four years as a member of the school’s golf team and had the lowest stroke average on the team for the 1992 and 1994 seasons. After playing on various tours as a pro, Muehr played parts for three seasons on the PGA Tour before his pro career was cut short when in the middle of the 2002 season he was diagnosed with skin cancer — melanoma.

Muehr has become an advocate against cancer and since regaining his amateur status in 2007 has played in several US Amateurs. He was medalist July 24 in qualifying at Argyle Country Club in Silver Springs, Maryland. He will start Monday at 1:49 pm off 10 tee at Riviera before going off one at Bel-Air on Tuesday at 8:34 a.m.

Results and live scoring will be available at usga.org. The US Amateur was first played in 1895 and is the oldest championship contested by the US Golf Association.

The full schedule for TV coverage of the match play events:

Aug. 16 (Round of 64 Matches): 5-8 p.m. (FS1)
Aug. 17 (Round of 32 Matches): 2-4 p.m. (usga.org)
Aug. 17 (Round of 16 Matches): 6-9 p.m. (FS1)
Aug. 18 (Quarterfinal Matches): 6-9 p.m. (FS1)
Aug. 19 (Semifinal Matches): Noon-3 p.m. (FOX)
Aug. 20 (Championship Match: Morning 18): 12:30-2:30 p.m. (usga.org)
Aug. 20 (Championship Match: Afternoon 18): 4:30-7:30 p.m. (FOX)

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