Buckeye junior begins play in Tulsa Monday at 8:30 a.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Michael Cress, a junior on the Ohio State men’s golf team, will be among the field of 312 players competing at the 2009 U.S. Amateur Championship hosted by the U.S. Golf Association, beginning Monday at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.

Cress begins play at 8:30 a.m. off of the No. 10 tee at Cedar Ridge. The event begins with 36 holes of stroke play Monday and Tuesday. The field will be cut to the low 64 players for match play beginning Wednesday and continuing until the 36-hole final Sunday.

The Dublin, Ohio, native had a breakout sophomore season in 2008-09, playing in the last nine events of the season, including the Big Ten championship, NCAA regional and NCAA championships. He finished fifth on the team in stroke average with a 75.85 mark.

Cress fired rounds of 69-71 for a total of 140 to qualify for the U.S. Am, July 27 on the Moraine Country Club’s golf course in Dayton. He tied for the lowest score and secured one of three positions available out of the field of 78 golfers competing at the site. The USGA accepted a total of 6,948 entries and national qualifying was held at 99 sites July 20-Aug. 11.

Live scoring for the U.S. Amateur Championship will be available on the “Scores & Stats” page on The Golf Channel will provide two hours of broadcast each day from Aug. 26-28 and NBC will cover the semifinal and final match play between 4-6 p.m. (ET), Aug. 29-30.

Did You Know?

This is the 50th anniversary of Jack Nicklaus winning the 1959 U.S. Amateur. The Ohio State legend bested defending champion Charles R. Coe, 1 up, at the Broadmoor Golf Club in Colorado Springs, Colo. A recap of his defining victory is available on the official U.S. Amateur website at  

U.S. Amateur Championship Schedule

Monday, Aug. 24  First round, stroke play (18 holes)
Tuesday, Aug. 25   Second round, stroke play (18 holes)
Wednesday, Aug. 26   First round, match play (18 holes)
Thursday, Aug. 27   Second round, match play (18 holes); Third round, match play (18 holes)
Friday, Aug. 28   Quarterfinals, match play (18 holes)
Saturday, Aug. 29   Semifinals, match play (18 holes)
Sunday, Aug. 30   Final, match play (36 holes)

About the Course

Along with the 2009 USGA Men’s Amateur Championship, Southern Hills has hosted 14 other major championships: three U.S. Open Championships (1958, 1977, 2001), an unprecedented four PGA Championships (1970, 1982, 1994, 2007), a USGA Women’s Amateur Championship (1946), a USGA Junior Amateur Championship (1953), a USGA Senior Amateur Championship (1961), a USGA Amateur Championship (1965), a USGA Women’s Mid Amateur Championship (1987) and 2 Tour Championships (1994, 1995).

Southern Hills Country Club will play at 7,093 yards and a par of 35-35-70. Cedar Ridge Country Club, the second course used for stroke play, will play at 7,336 yards and a par of 35-35-70.