ANDOVER, Kan. -- UTA incoming freshman Paul Gonzalez will be among a talented field of 156 junior golfers looking to earn a national title this week when he opens play at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Flint Hills National Golf Club.
Gonzalez, a native of Waxahachie, Texas, is in the first group off the 10th tee for tomorrow's first round. His group consists of incoming University of Alabama freshman Davis Shore and high school rising senior Ryan Lee of Norwood, N.J. and is scheduled to go off the 10th tee starting at 7 a.m. (CDT).
The same group will go off the first tee to start Tuesday's second round at 12:30 p.m. The low 64 scorers from the 36-hole stroke play competition will advance to Wednesday's first round of match play. Two rounds are scheduled for Thursday with the quarterfinals and semifinals on Friday. The 36-hole championship final will take place on Saturday.
The round of 16, semifinals and final will be televised live on FS1.
Tom Fazio-designed Flint Hills National is configured for 7,049 yards and par 71 for the U.S. Junior Amateur. The course opened in 1997 and hosted the 2001 U.S. Women's Amateur and the 2007 U.S. Senior Amateur. It is currently ranked among Golf Digest's 100 Greatest Courses.
One of three incoming freshmen on the UTA golf team, Gonzalez earned qualification into the field by winning a U.S. Junior Amateur qualifier at Royal Oaks Country Club. He turned 3-under par 68 to defeat 96 other golfers, including runner-up Parker Coody (-2) and third place Logan White (-1). Coody and White also earned qualification into the national tournament.
Gonzalez also competed in the Byron Nelson Junior Championship last month and led Texas to went 3-0 in match play to hand Texas victory over Texas in a Texas Mexico Cup competition at Hyatt Hill Country in San Antonio.
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