LORTON, Va. — Carlson Cox’s dream run in the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship came to an end in Thursday’s round of 16. Cox lost 1 up to Kyle Henning of Brookfield, Wis.
“I got up early in the match but he kept coming back,” said Cox. “It went
back and forth and then on the 18th hole, he stuffed his approach to 6
feet and made birdie to beat me.
“You can’t be made when a guy
makes a shot like that to win,” added Cox. “I played my best, but this
afternoon it just wasn’t good enough.”
Cox had advanced to the Round of 16 after beating Paul McConnell from Garland, Texas, 2 and 1 in the morning round of 32.
“I played well in the morning,” said Cox. “A lot more putts went in for me in that match.
“But it took a lot out of me and then when I was finished I had to turnaround and play the afternoon match just 30 minutes later.”
Two rounds of stroke play qualifying and then winning two matches in a USGA event proved to be a positive experience for Cox, who played his high school golf at Volunteer and then went on to play at the University of Memphis.
“I learned a lot about myself under pressure,” said Cox. “Match play is so different. After I had won those first two matches I began to think that I wanted to win the whole thing.
“Things didn’t turn out like I wanted but I can’t be upset,” Cox continued.
“Overall this was the most fun I’ve ever had playing golf. To do this well in a USGA event has given me so much confidence.
“I know that when the pressure is on that I can hit the shots and get the job done,” Cox added. “This was the toughest test of golf for me and I'm pleased with what I was able to accomplish.”
And what’s next for Cox?
“I called Ridgefields and asked them to hold me a spot in case I got beat,” said Cox. “I’ll be playing at 12:30 p.m. on Friday. I’m looking forward to the weekend.”