|Hendersonville's Fox to play for U.S. Amateur title Sunday|
|Saturday, August 18, 2012|
Hendersonville High graduate and University of Tennessee Chattanooga senior, Steven Fox will play for the United States Amateur title Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo.
Fox won a semifinal match, 2-up over University of California's Brandon Hagy to advance to the final, which will see its coverage begin at 3 p.m. on NBC (WSMV-4) Sunday.
He will have to get past another Cal Bear to win the title as he takes on Michael Weaver — a 3-and-2 winner over Alabama's Justin Thomas.
Fox, ranked No. 127 in the world, and Weaver, ranked 149, will start their 36-hole match at 8:30 a.m. They are the final two in a field of 312 golfers from 43 states and 20 countries that began the tournament on Monday. Fox was seeded 63rd and Weaver 60th when the match play rounds began.
Fox told The Associated Press after his match: "There's so many people back home backing me. I mean, it's just awesome. Without them I wouldn't be here, especially my family. They're all rooting for me. It's an unbelievable feeling. It just puts a smile on your face."
Fox, advanced to the round of 16 in July's United States Amateur Public Links Championship in Midway, Utah.
"Fox is a contender," said Mocs coach Mark Guhne told GoMocs.com after Fox's Public Links performance. "When you get to match play, everyone is dangerous, but he is tough to play. Not only is he talented, but his luck is uncanny. Our guys call it getting 'Foxed.'
He has a career-average 73.28 in his first three seasons at UTC, is a two-time All-Southern Conference player and made All-Freshman in 2010.
While at Hendersonville, Fox was a two-time NHSGCAA All-American. As a junior player, he claimed over 100 titles and held a No. 1 ranking in the state and top 30 nationally.
— From Staff Reports
Photo courtesy of UTC Media Relations