Holland edges Oklahoma State's Uihlein, reaches U.S. Amateur semifinals
Aug. 28, 2009
TULSA, Okla. -- University of Texas senior Charlie Holland defeated Oklahoma State sophomore Peter Uihlein in 19 holes to advance to the semifinals Friday at the 2009 U.S. Amateur Championship.
Holland (Dallas, Texas), who reached the quarterfinals at the 2008 U.S. Amateur Championship, becomes the first Longhorn to reach the U.S. Amateur semifinals since Jhonattan Vegas in 2007 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif. Holland will take on Clemson's Ben Martin in Saturday's semifinals. NBC will air live semifinals coverage on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central.
Holland won the first two holes and maintained his 2-up lead after halving the third hole. Uihlein claimed the next three holes to assume a 1-up lead that he would keep through nine holes. Holland evened the match at No. 10 and birdied the par-three at No. 11 to regain the lead.
Uihlein struck back and won the 12th hole before Holland regained the lead with a birdie at No. 13, a par-five at 535 yards. The see-saw battle continued at No. 14 with a Uihlein birdie, and Holland won the 15th hole after countering Uihlein’s bogey with a par. Holland and Uihlein halved the 16th hole, and Uihlein stayed alive with a birdie at No. 17. The Big 12 Conference foes halved the 18th hole with a pair of bogeys to force a sudden-death playoff.
Holland left nothing to chance in the first playoff hole at No. 1, as he roped a 7-iron from the fairway to within a foot of the pin. Uihlein conceded the birdie putt and just missed a long birdie putt, enabling Holland to move on to the semifinals.