Aug. 16, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Florida State sophomore Daniel Berger shot a 69 in the second round and finished with a two round total of 144 but missed advancing to the match play portion of the event by one stroke at the 112th U.S. Amateur Golf Championship at the Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo. Berger finished with a 3-over par total - he was one stroke above the cutline of 143 that saw the top 64 scorers advance to match play to decide the winner of the championship on Sunday.
The 2012 U.S. Amateur Championship began with Berger among a field of 312 players competing in 36 holes of stroke play. The field was pared to the low 64 scores for six rounds of match play, which began Wednesday at the par-71, 7,409-yard Cherry Hills Country Club. The championship is scheduled to conclude with a 36-hole final on Sunday.
Berger played his first round of the par 71 Cherry Hills Country Club course and his second round on the par 70 CommonGround Golf Club course.
After carding a 4-over par score of 75 in round one he reversed his fortunes and carded a 1-under par score of 69 in the second round. He carded three birdies and 13 holes of par or better in finishing with his score of 69 in the second round. Berger carded 14 holes of par or better golf and was never more than one stroke over par on any hole during the first round.
Berger made a late charge to finish at or below the cut as he was 2-under par over his final three holes of the event but fell just short of moving forward. He totaled more birdies (three) than bogeys (two) and earned 13 holes at par or better in the second round.
"It was a disappointing week in regards to my finish," said Berger. "I struggled with my distance control because of the altitude; the ball flew a lot further on me than normal. I just didn't have my A game."
He is now more energized for the upcoming season because of his experience at his second career U.S. Amateur.
"This week has helped me realize even more that I can compete with the best golfers in the country," he said. "I am now more motivated than ever for the upcoming season to play with my teammates because I know we have the opportunity to be a very special team."
The Seminoles open their four match fall schedule at the Inverness Intercollegiate at the Inverness Club in Inverness, Ohio, Sept. 17-18.