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Crouch Concludes Play Thursday at Western Amateur Championship

Tim Crouch finished the Western Amateur by shooting a 292 for 72 holes.Tim Crouch finished the Western Amateur by shooting a 292 for 72 holes.

CHICAGO - Former Florida Southern two-time Division II National Champion golfer Tim Crouch saw his stay at the 2014 Western Amateur Championship halted here Thursday after the final two rounds of stroke play as the Mt. Vernon, Ohio, native combined to shoot an 11-over par 153 over the final 36 holes to miss the 16-player cut for match play at the Beverly Country Club.

Thursday's final day of stroke play at the 112th annual event featured the players playing a total of 36 holes, with the Top 16 players advancing to Friday's match-play portion of the championships.

Crouch, who began the day in an eight-way tie for 13th place after carding a six-under 65 in Wednesday's second round, opened play on Thursday by firing a six-over 77 in the morning, before rebounding to card a five-under 76 in the afternoon round. With his two rounds on Thursday, Crouch, who was playing in his first-ever Western Amateur Championship, finished stroke play by shooting an eight-over par 292 for 72 holes to finish in 49th place overall.  

After the third round of stroke play on Thursday morning, Crouch fell into a tie for 47th place after recording seven bogeys and one birdie on his scoreboard, before scoring seven bogeys and one birdie on his scoreboard in the final round. For the event, Crouch, who was a two-time PING All-American, a two-time First-Team All-Sunshine State Conference honoree and a two-time SSC Male Athlete of the Year, recorded 38 pars, 13 birdies and 21 bogeys, including recording 20 bogeys combined in rounds one, three and four respectively. In Wednesday's second round, Crouch, who is one of only three Division II golfers to ever win back-to-back national championships and one of only four to win multiple national titles had seven birdies and one bogey en route to his 65.

Second-round leader Doug Ghim, who will be a freshman this fall at Texas, concluded stroke play atop the leaderboard after shooting a combined four-under 138 on Thursday to push his 72 hole total to a 14-under par 270 to earn the top seed in match play. In Wednesday's second round, Ghim shot a Beverly Country Club course record of eight-under par 63. Two players were within two shots of Ghim as 23-year old New Zealand native Joshua Munn and SMU junior-to-be Bryson DeChambeau each finished with a 12-under par 272 for 72 holes to tie for second place. In Thursday's action, Munn shot a combined six-under 136 as he had rounds of 67 and 69 respectively, while DeChambeau shot a five-under par 137 as he fired rounds of 67 and 70 respectively.

Through the completion of stroke play, 30 players shot under par through 72 holes at the historic Beverly Country Club. The cut line for match play was five-under par 279.

The Western Amateur Championship is one of the leading annual amateur golf tournaments in the United States. The tournament, which this year includes 156 players, began in 1899 and features both stroke play (four rounds) and match play (four rounds) over a span of five days. Over the years, the tournament, which is being played at Beverly Country Club on the Southwest Side of Chicago for the first time since 1930, has seen its Sweet 16 members win 24 of the last 30 PGA Tour Player of the Year awards, 12 of the Top 20 on the PGA Tour career money list, 32 major championship winners for a total of 79 major championships, 10 participants in the 2012 Ryder Cup and 16 of the last 20 U.S. Amateur champions.

Since the tournament's inception in 1899, some of golf's greats have won the Western Amateur Championship, including Jack Nicklaus (1961), Tiger Woods (1994), Ben Crenshaw (1973), Justin Leonard (1993 and 1992), Phil Mickelson (1991), Curtis Strange (1974), Hal Sutton (1979 and 1980), Lanny Wadkins (1970) and Andy Bean (1975).

This year's 156-player field features 50 of the world's top 100 amateur players, including 21 of the top 37. Crouch, who took home both the 2013 and 2014 individual Division II national championship, is currently ranked 84th in the latest Scratch Players World Amateur rankings after his tie for sixth place finish at last week's 56th Annual Porter Cup Championships.

In addition to playing at the both the Western Amateur and the Porter Cup Championships the past two weeks, Crouch, who will turn professional this coming fall, has had a busy summer playing on the amateur circuit as he recently took home the championship at the 50th Annual Mid-Ohio Golf Invitational, was fifth at the Ohio State Amateur Championships in early July and missed out on qualifying for the U.S. Amateur Championships in a playoff for the third of three qualifying spots. He is a second alternate for this year's event. In addition, Crouch finished in a tie for 15th place at the 61st Annual Sunnehanna Amateur Championship held on June 11-14 at the Sunnehanna Country Club in Johnstown, Pa.

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