Augusta’s John Engler said he “didn’t have it” in his semifinal match loss Wednesday in the U.S. Mid-Amateur in Richmond, Texas.
“I just played terrible,” the former Clemson All-American and PGA Tour player said of his 6 and 5 loss to Kenny Cook, of Noblesville, Ind.
Engler called it “the worst round I have had in months, but that’s part of golf.”
Cook, an accountant for the Department of Defense, posted three birdies on the front nine to take a 4-up lead on Engler at Shadow Hawk Golf Club.
Engler was 3-over for the 13 holes they played; Cook was 4-under.
Engler defeated Michael Muehr of Potomac Falls, Va., 3 and 2 earlier Wednesday in the quarterfinals.
“I’m sure I will be able to find a positive, but it’s going to take me a while,” Engler said.
Cook and Randal Lewis match will square off in a 36-hole matchtoday, with the winner receiveing an invitation to the 2012 Masters Tournament.
– From staff reports