Adam Ball's run at the 113th U.S. Amateur Championship is still alive. The rising VCU sophomore toppled Orlando, Fla. native Joey Petronio 6 and 4 Wednesday in the opening round of match play at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.
With the victory, Ball advances to the Round of 32 Thursday, where he'll face Max Orrin of England, the No. 12 ranked amateur in the world, according to Golfweek. Orrin reached the Round of 32 Wednesday via a 1-up triumph over Rhys Pugh. Ball and Orrin are scheduled to tee off Thursday at 1:35 p.m. Golf Channel will carry action from the tournament from 12-2 p.m. Thursday.
On Wednesday, Ball spotted Petronio a one-hole advantage when the North Florida sophomore parred No. 1, a 495-yard par 4. Ball would not surrender another hole to Petronio the rest of the day. On No. 5, Ball pulled all square with a par. The Richmond native took the lead for good on No. 7 and captured six of the final eight holes to win going away.
"The surroundings of the golf course, having TV here and everything is just awesome," Ball told the Virginia Golf Association. "Being in such a historical place and around the best amateur players in the world—it's great to be a part of it."
Ball originally qualified for the tournament – the nation's oldest golf championship – as an alternate. He shot 72-69=141 in the stroke play portion on Monday and Tuesday to advance to the single-elimination match play bracket.
During the spring 2013 season, Ball led VCU in scoring average (73.53) and posted three top 10 finishes. Earlier this summer, Ball won the Richmond Golf Association Amateur Championship.