Hendersonville's Steven Fox rallies to win U.S. Amateur golf title

Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:25pm
Staff reports

Steven Fox entered the match play portion of the U.S. Amateur Championship seeded 63rd out of 64 golfers.

He left on top.

The 21-year-old Hendersonville native rallied over the last two holes in regulation and clinched the title on the first playoff hole.

Fox, a senior at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, sunk an 18-foot birdie putt to edge Michael Weaver, a junior at the University of California. It was a dramatic ending to a 37-hole match-play final Sunday as Weaver was 2-up with two holes left at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo.

With the win, Fox earns an automatic bid to the 2013 British Open and could get a bid to the U.S. Open (if he remains an amateur) and the Masters.

“I fought all day,” Fox said in a TV interview. “I had to keep pushing and just try and make birdie. This is amazing. This is a dream come true.”

His 10-foot birdie on the 17th hole pulled him within one. He put the pressure on Weaver when he made his second straight birdie. Weaver then missed a five-foot par attempt on the 18th hole that forced the first playoff in an U.S. Amateur final since 2003.

Fox and Weaver both qualified for match play by earning two of the 14 spots available to 17 golfers after 36 holes of stroke play.

Fox then captured the championship by winning six straight matches, including ousting the world’s top-ranked amateur, Chris Williams, in the quarterfinals.

A 2009 graduate of Hendersonville High, Fox was a prep All-American his junior and senior years. He was an all-conference performer the past two seasons and made it to the final 16 of the U.S. Public Links in Utah last month.

5 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 8/20/12 at 8:35

This is more than a tremendouus accomplishment, but who the heck is Steven Fox and where did he come from? Why is it that no one has ever heard of this young fellow?

Is he a Goodpasture boy or a Pope John Paul boy or a Davidson Academy boy?

By: noitall on 8/20/12 at 9:47

That would be StePHen Fox...get a copy editor! Geez!

By: Riverwoodsman on 8/20/12 at 12:38

Every major news outlet, as well as the USGA's official press release refers to " Steven Fox" not "Stephen". Perhaps you could just be proud of the young man , instead of critical of a local paper who who reported on his amazing achievement.

“Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others.” – Groucho Marx

By: noitall on 8/20/12 at 2:58

i stand corrected...the ut-c website does indeed spell his name with a "v" however, most major news outlets, including NBC, who aired the tourney,
spelled it with a "ph."

By: TITAN1 on 8/21/12 at 2:09

Rasprump, your continued effort to put down the students who attend public schools is getting old. You like to come off like a big blowhard and you might be. One of my daughter's teaches in the public school system and does a fantastic job. You are always putting down anyone who is not part of the high income class. This may just be one of your little acts like how you are always whining about something. I hope your posts on here are just an act because if you are like this in real life, I pity those around you. But, if you are not like this then you are in really bad shape because you get your thrills by being a joy sucker.