James Posts Strong Finish at British Amateur
By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA – Richard James has followed up his impressive USF debut with a strong finish overseas.
James made it all the way to the round of 32 Thursday at the 118th British Amateur Championship at the Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club in England. The finish comes less than two months after the All-Big East selection helped the Bulls capture their first Big East championship.
James started his Amateur Championship run with a 1 under score through two rounds of stroke play and finished in a tie for fifth among 288 players. The Wales native posted a 2&1 victory over Riccardo Michelini of Italy in the second round of match play Wednesday before falling to Jordan Zunic of Australia, 2&1, on Thursday.
James had four top-20 finishes in his debut season as a Bull after transferring from New Mexico Junior College. James played in all 11 tournaments and carded a 68 in the final round of the Big East tournament to help the Bulls beat St. John’s by four strokes. James went on to post a season-low round of 67 at the NCAA Tallahassee Regional where the Bulls finished just one stroke away from advancing to the championship rounds.