The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp attends the Class of 1972 50-year reunion in Kyle Field on April 20, 2022.
A&M System’s Title IX director suspended after supporting Biden's Title IX changes
Nicholas Gutteridge, Managing Editor • May 23, 2024
Mexico fans react after Mexico F Julián Quiñones 73rd-minute goal during the MexTour match between Mexico and Brazil at Kyle Field on Saturday, June 8, 2024. (Kyle Heise/The Battalion)
‘The stuff of dreams’
Ian Curtis, Sports Reporter • June 11, 2024

As soon as the Mexico-Brazil soccer match at Kyle Field was announced, Jacob Svetz and Caitlin Falke saw an opportunity.  The match was scheduled...

The Fighting Texas Aggie Band performs at halftime during Texas A&Ms football game against ULM at Kyle Field on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
Gridiron glory to multi-event marvel
Shalina Sabih, Sports Writer • June 7, 2024

Special teams: Special events  “My favorite thing about an event is seeing the people come into the stadium and seeing their excitement...

Kennedy White, 19, sits for a portrait in the sweats she wore the night of her alleged assault inside the Y.M.C.A building that holds Texas A&M’s Title IX offices in College Station, Texas on Feb. 16, 2024 (Ishika Samant/The Battalion).
'I was terrified'
April 25, 2024
Chris Hemsworth as Dementus in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga.
Review: ‘Furiosa’ is a must-see
Justin ChenJune 4, 2024

My jaw dropped open in 2016. Rarely in life does that happen, but the viewing experience of “Mad Max: Fury Road" was something to behold....

Texas A&M pitcher Chris Cortez (10) reacts during Texas A&M’s game against Oregon at the NCAA Bryan-College Station Super Regional at Olsen Field on Saturday, June 8, 2024. (CJ Smith/The Battalion)
One step away
June 8, 2024

Champ ties for 32nd at U.S. Open

Photo by Courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

Senior to-be Cameron Champ finished in a tie for 32nd at the U.S. Open.

Texas A&M senior Cameron Champ impressed fans and professionals alike with his performance at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. this past weekend. The Aggie was one of only two amateurs to make the cut and finished at even par in a tie for 32nd. Brooks Koepka won the tournament at 16-under par.
Champ started his tournament strong with two sub-par rounds of 70 and 69, landing him in a tie for eighth at 5-under par heading into the weekend. With tougher conditions in the final two rounds, he did well to shoot 73 and 76 to finish at even par for the tournament.
Champ had a birdie chance on the closing hole to tie for low-amateur honors, but the ball slid past the cup, and the title went to his long-time friend Scottie Scheffler.
“My goal going into this week was to get in the hunt for low amateur and I accomplished that,” Champ told The Sacramento Bee. “I was disappointed that I couldn’t get that honor, too, but I’m really happy for Scottie because he’s a good friend of mine.”
Champ led the entire field in average driving distance for the week at 334.40 yards. The field average was 302.4 yards. Big-name players Louis Oosthuizen and Rory McIlroy took note of his power when they played practice rounds with Champ earlier in the week.
“Louis came up to me and said, ‘Wow, your kid is good,” Sean Foley said to The Sacramento Bee. Foley has been Champ’s swing coach for seven years and is currently working with former U.S. Open champion Justin Rose and The Players champion Si Woo Kim. Foley also coached Tiger Woods for several years.
Champ received some valuable advice from McIlroy, a four-time major champion.
“He told me on Tour it’s all about hitting it furthest and straightest, so just keep hitting driver, which is pretty much what I did this week,” Champ said to The Sacramento Bee. “But playing with [McIlroy and Oosthuizen] boosted my confidence. Their experience is obviously 100 percent better than me, but it was great to watch them play.”
In the 2016-2017 season, Champ had one of the best-ever campaigns for an Aggie golfer. Over 34 rounds, he maintained a 71.50 stroke average. The junior won one title, recorded five top-five finishes and was given First Team All-SEC honors. Champ was the top Aggie finisher at the SEC Championship where he tied for fifth individually and went undefeated in the team match play portion of the tournament.

Leave a Comment
Donate to The Battalion

Your donation will support the student journalists of Texas A&M University - College Station. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
Donate to The Battalion

Comments (0)

All The Battalion Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *