BROOKLINE, Mass. – VCU rising sophomore Adam Ball saw his exciting run at the 113th U.S. Amateur Championship come to a close Friday when he was defeated in quarterfinal match play by Matt Fitzpatrick 4 and 3.
After nearly a week of some the best golf of Ball's career, Fitzpatrick proved to be too much. The highest placing amateur at the British Open last month, Fitzpatrick won the first three holes after the turn to surge to a 4-up lead and effectively clinch the match.
The front nine was a back-and-forth affair, with the players trading the lead on different occasions. Ball's par on No. 5, combined with a Fitzpatrick bogey, gave him a short-lived 1-up lead. But Fitzpatrick birdied the seventh, a 197-yard par 3, to even the match.
Ball, who received a bid into the tournament as an alternate, is automatically qualified for next year's championship via his quarterfinal appearance.
After shooting 141 over 36 holes of stroke play on Monday and Tuesday, Ball advanced to the match play bracket. In his first three match play contests, the Richmond native lost just five of the 44 holes he played.
Ball, who led the Rams in scoring average last season as a freshman, will be one of four VCU starters returning to campus this fall.