LAKE FOREST, IL - Moccasin rising junior Coultas advanced to the quarterfinals of the 113th Western Amateur Championship played this week here at Knollwood Club where he was defeated on the 18th hole by Davis Riley of the University of Alabama. Last year Coultas advanced to the Sweet 16 at the Western Amateur, one of amateur golf's most prestigious tournaments. Coultas tied for fourth in stroke play with a four-round total of 281.
Coultas and Riley were all square through the first 17 holes. Riley found the fairway with his tee shot on the par-4 18th. Coultas missed both the fairway and green, and Riley's par was good enough to advance to Saturday's semifinals.
On the Western Amateur's opening day of individual stroke play, Coultas shot a 35 on the front nine and closed out with a 38 to finish tied for 62nd place with a 73 score. On day two, the Jack Nicklaus Award Recipient as the NCAA Division II Player of the Year, fired a 70 to move into a tie for 19th place with a 143 two-day total.
Coultas nearly matched his round two score, recording a 71 in the third round for a 214 total and a tie for 20th. The 2016 Sunshine State Conference Male Athlete of the Year then saved his best for last, finishing with a 67, second lowest score of the round, to finish tied for fourth place with a 3-under score of 281. Coultas carded four birdies and zero bogeys on the final nine holes. He got the momentum going by sinking a 20-foot putt for birdie on the par-5 10th hole.
"That's so much golf, coming off a 36-hole day in stroke play and then straight into match play. Just kind of tired," said Coultas in a post-day three interview. "I'll get a little more rest tonight, make sure I get some sleep tonight, and some good food in the morning."
Sam Horsfield of Davenport. won the individual stroke play with a four-round total of 269, four strokes off the tournament record. He began stroke play with a course record-tying round of 63 bookended it with a 64 in the final round.
The Western Amateur field included 156 players from 20 nations. The field played 18 holes of individual play on Tuesday and Wednesday after which the field was cut to 44 scores and ties. The remaining field played 36 holes of individual stroke play on Thursday to determine the final 16 players. Match play in the Sweet 16 competed on Friday.
Golfers that have competed in the Western Amateur's Sweet 16 have gone on to win 22 major championships since 2000 and have garnered 15 PGA Tour Player of the Year Awards since 1990. Eleven of the last 20 U.S. Amateur Champions also competed in this prestigious event.
Past winners of the Western Amateur include Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Phil Mickelson, and Tiger Woods.
Day Three Recap Video (Coultas interview at 0:46)