Two Current, Two Former Loyola Players Compete At U.S. Amateur

Aug. 12, 2014

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. - Four golfers with ties wrapped up play Tuesday at the 2014 U.S. Amateur Championships at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

Bart George '15 had the best foursome's round of the day, shooting a 2-over-par 73 on the club's Highland Course, while his teammate Keegan Boone '16 was two strokes back at 75.

"It is the most fun tournament I've ever been a part of," George said. "I made a lot of good up-and-downs today to play a respectable round. I was pretty down for a while (yesterday), but I realized it was important to get some confidence going. Playing a good round today got me in a good mindset going forward."

Alum T.J. Shuart '05 shot 2-over-par 74 on Monday and added one stroke to his total on Tuesday's final round of stroke play. Matt Bassler '08 opened with a 74 Monday but slipped to 76 Tuesday.

None of the four golfers advanced to the match play portion of the Championship.

Shuart had the day's highlight shot, holing a 135-yard approach shot on the Riverside Course's 14th hole for an eagle.

"It's always a special experience. You're playing against the best field in amateur golf, and it's always at a world-class venue," Shuart said. "It's something that as a career amateur, I always strive to be a part of (the Amateur). To have four Loyola Greyhounds at the U.S. Amateur is a big deal. I don't think there are many universities that have that type of representation here.

After struggling with his swing Monday to shoot 85, George rebounded with 16 pars, a birdie on the fifth hole and a triple-bogey on the 15th. Boone put together a round with 14 pars and a birdie on his penultimate hole.

"(Bart and I) played a practice round with the alums this weekend," Boone said. "I have known Matt Bassler for a few years now, but I (also) got to meet T.J., and watching him play his practice round was great. I definitely learned a lot. They both have a lot of game."