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A-State's Huseman Advances to U.S. Amateur Match Play

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (8/16/16) – Arkansas State junior men’s golfer Andrew Huseman completed stroke-play competition Tuesday at the U.S. Amateur tied for 30th place, making him one of 64 players advancing to the match-play portion of the prestigious tournament.

Huseman was one of 312 players competing in stroke play at Oak Hills Country Club the last two days, carding an opening-round 69 on Monday before coming back to shoot a 71 today.  He completed stroke play with an even-par 140 for both rounds combined, making him one of 11 players to tie for 30th place.

A 2016 All-Sun Belt Conference selection, Huseman is now among the top 64 players going head-to-head in single elimination match play Aug. 17-20 until only two remain.  The two finalists meet in a 36-hole showdown Aug. 21 to determine the 116th United States Amateur champion.

“This is the biggest amateur golf tournament our country hosts, so Andrew has obviously represented himself and A-State well by the way he has performed on a tough golf course against some of the best amateur players in the world,” said A-State head men’s golf coach Mike Hagen.  “It’s a tremendous honor for him that he not only qualified, but advanced to match play.

“He has some experience with match play from our team’s competition in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, so hopefully he can use that to his advantage.  He is also the type of player who can get in a groove and make a lot of birdies, so this is a great opportunity for him and it will be fun to see how far he advances.”

Huseman is set to begin match play against Curtis Luck tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. CT.  Luck, from Australia, finished stroke play tied for 19th place with a combined 139.

A sophomore last season, Huseman helped lead A-State to a No. 79 national ranking, the program’s best since the 2001-02 squad ended the season at No. 75. He was part of a team that broke the school record for outright tournament championships with five and tied for another before falling in a sudden death playoff.

Huseman made an immediate impact for the Red Wolves last season after transferring from Indian Hills (Iowa) Community College. He recorded six top-five finishes in nine tournaments played. He also won the Grover Page Classic and completed the season with a team-best 72.23 stroke average, which also ranked fifth in the Sun Belt.

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