Cohen Trolio reaches semis of U.S. Amateur

Cohen Trolio, right, stands with his father and caddie for the U.S. Amateur V.J. (Submitted photo)
DTL Staff
Staff Writer

Cohen Trolio’s run at the U.S. Amateur may have come to an end Saturday afternoon, but not before the West Point teenager made quite an impression at at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in North Carolina.

The Oak Hill Academy junior became the youngest player in 25 years to make a semifinal round of the U.S. Amateur with his quarterfinal victory on Friday.

In the quarterfinal, Trolio won his last three holes against Austin Squires, advancing past the No. 64 seed, 3 and 1 . At 17 years and 8 days, Trolio is the youngest semifinalist since at least 1993, when age records were first kept.

Despite consistently outdriving Trolio by 40 yards, Squires was 2 down until he birdied the 12th and drove the green at the 320-yard 13th, converting the 30-foot eagle putt to square the match, but the University of Cincinnati graduate could not sustain his momentum, as Trolio won the next three holes with pars to close out the match.

“I know my expectations, and I know that's good enough to beat just about anybody,” said Trolio, who played in his first U.S. Amateur. “(Squires) was making a little run, and I was like, I'm going to focus on myself. Sticking to my plan worked.”

Fellow Mississippian and eventual winner Andy Ogletree, 21, of Little Rock, joined Trolio in the semifinals with a 6-and-5 victory over Spencer Ralston.

Trolio lost to Ogletree 3 and 1 in Saturday afternoon’s semifinal.