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Trussville native cards 76, 72 in US Open

By Gary Lloyd

PINEHURST, N.C. — Trussville native and former UAB golfer Sam Love carded a first-round six-over 76 and second-round two-over 72 in last week’s U.S. Open in North Carolina.

Love missed the cut.

Germany’s Martin Kaymer won the championship at nine-under par, besting the second-place finishers by eight strokes.

UAB and former Hewitt-Trussville golfer Sam Love
photo courtesy of www.uabsports.com

In his first round, Love birdied three of the first six holes on the front nine before a double bogey on No. 7 and a bogey on No. 8. He was six-over on the back nine. In Love’s second round, he made two birdies and a bogey on the front nine. He birdied No. 13 to get to two-under for his round before bogeying Nos. 14-17.

Love this season at UAB had a 72.3 stroke average, ranking him fourth on the team. He totaled four top-10 finishes, including a runner-up finish at the 2014 John Hayt Collegiate Invitational and a third-place finish at the 2013 Tony Cup in Tanagura, Japan. Love was the top finisher from an American university in the Tony Cup.

It was the best tournament of Love’s career, registering his best 18-, 36- and 54-hole scores of his college career. His 36-hole score of 8-under ranks second in UAB history, while his 18- and 54-hole scores rank seventh and 10th, respectively.

While on the Hewitt-Trussville golf team, Golfweek/Sagarin rated Love as the fifth-best high school golfer in the state of Alabama. Love was coached in high school by Chad Dahlke.

Contact Gary Lloyd at news@trussvilletribune.com and follow him on Twitter @GaryALloyd.

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