Macon's Russell Henley finished off a win over Oklahoma State golfer Kevin Dougherty on Thursday morning in the first round of match play at the U.S. Amateur championship.
Henley won 3 & 1 and has moved into the round of 32 in the match-play portion of the event. He finished tied for third in the stroke-play portion of the tournament and was the fifth seed in the 64-player match-play competition.
Henley will play UCLA sophomore Patrick Cantlay, and they are scheduled to tee off at 1 p.m. The two teamed at the Palmer Cup in June and will again represent the U.S. at the Walker Cup in September.
Cantlay is ranked No. 1 in the world in the Royal & Ancient's World Amateur Golf Rankings. Cantlay finished as the low amateur at the U.S. Open in June. He shot a 60 at the Travelers Championship the next week. He went on to make the cut at two PGA Tour events: the RBC Canadian Open and the AT&T National. He finished ninth at the Canadian Open.