It’s possible the amateur career of Mike Miller has come to a close.
The reigning player of the year in the Met section lost an opening-round match at the U.S. Amateur Championship on Wednesday, falling 2-and-1 to Chase Koepka. He was hoping to secure a Walker Cup invitation, but likely had to play into the weekend in order to be seriously considered by the USGA selection committee.
Miller went into the championship 34th on the World Amateur Golf Rankings.
The roster for the Walker Cup will be rounded out upon the completion of the U.S. Amateur. Miller, a 21-year-old who plays out of Knollwood Country Club, indicated he would turn pro ahead of the next week’s Met Open if there is no invitation.
Koepka is a sophomore at the University of South Flordia who finished second in the Big East Championship in the spring. He finished the match at the 17th after chasing a short approach shot within four feet. Koepka caught enough of the edge after Miller failed to play enough break on a difficult birdie try.