Storylines From The 2005 U.S. Amateur Championship

Notables

Youngest – Richard Lee, 14, of Chandler, Ariz., who holds Canadian citizenship, is the youngest in the field.
Oldest – Greg Reynolds, 58, of Grand Blanc, Mich., the 2002 USGA Senior Amateur champion, is the oldest.

Players who also played in the 1989 U.S. Amateur at Merion Golf Club (3)

Danny Green, 48, of Jackson, Tenn. – runner-up in 1989
Greg Kennedy, 36, of Duluth, Ga. – lost in first round of match play
George Zahringer, 52, of New York, N.Y. – failed to advance to match play

Walker Cup Team Members in the Field

USA Team Members in the Field (8)
Matt Every, 22, of Daytona Beach, Fla.
Brian Harman, 18, of Savannah, Ga.
John Holmes, 23, of Campbellsville, Ky
Billy Hurley, 23, Leesburg, Va.
Anthony Kim, 20, of LaQuinta, Calif.
Kyle Reifers, 21, of Columbus, Ohio
Nicholas Thompson, 22, of Coral Springs, Fla.
Lee Williams, 23, of Alexander City, Ala.

GB&I Team Members in the Field (6)
Rhys Davies, 20, of England
Robert Dinwiddie, 22, of England
Oliver Fisher, 16, of England
Richie Ramsay, 22, of Scotland
Lloyd Saltman, 19, of Scotland
Gary Wolstenholme, 44, of England

USGA Champions in the Field (11)

Charlie Beljan, Mesa, Ariz. – 2002 U.S. Junior Amateur champion
Austin Eaton III, New London, N.H. -- 2004 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
Danny Green, Jackson, Tenn. -- 1999 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
Brian Harman, Savannah, Ga. -- 2005 USA Walker Cup team
Tim Hogarth, Northridge, Calif. – 1996 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion
Sihwan Kim, Fullerton, Calif. -- 2004 U.S. Junior champion
Clay Ogden, West Point, Utah -- 2005 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion
Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc, Mich. -- 2002 USGA Senior Amateur champion
Nathan Smith, Brookville, Pa. -- 2003 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
Kevin Tway, Edmond, Okla. -- 2005 U.S. Junior Amateur champion
George Zahringer, New York, N.Y. -- 2002 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion

Top Returning Players

Three of the quarterfinalists from the 2004 Amateur championship are entered. They are Danny Green of Jackson, Tenn, Luke List of Ringgold, Ga., and Dayton Rose of Midwest City, Okla.

"Local" Qualifiers

Nine golfers have qualified from the Philadelphia area. They are: Chris Ault of Levittown, Bryant Reyes of West Chester, Billy Stewart of Devon, Chris Gold of Haddonfield, N.J., Cole Willcox of Berwyn, Tim Hager of Ivyland, Adam Cohan of Wayne, John Michael Pelet of Atglen, and Chris Lange of Bryn Mawr.

Storylines in Alphabetical Order

Ryan Abbate, 24, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., owns a private air charter company. He claims to be the shortest male athlete in the history of Southern Methodist University.

Brice Bailey, 21, of Germantown, Tenn., won the club championship in extra holes at Memphis Country Club when he was 18 years old. The 13-time club champion he beat that day was his father, Kirk, who will be caddieing for Brice this week.

Graham Bannister, 48, of Raleigh, N.C., holds citizenship in Australia. He is the president and CEO of his own company, which provides university housing management solutions in seven countries. He finished second to Greg Norman in the 1972 Queensland State Junior Championship.

Sean Barrett, 20, of Pacific Palisades, Calif., is co-captain of the golf team at the University of Pennsylvania. He eagled the 35th hole (par 4) in qualifying with a wedge to make the field by one stroke. His friend and caddie at the Amateur, Barry Morrison, used to caddie at Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles and is a Merion caddie now.

Nick Becker, 23, of Provo, Utah, won the 2005 Mountain West Conference title playing for Brigham Young. Among those below him on the leaderboard were Ryan Moore of UNLV and Spencer Levin of New Mexico, who are now playing professionally.

Pat Boyle, 40, of South Milwaukee, Wis., is a high school history teacher. He has one of the all-time original nickname: 212. Give up? Water boils at 212 degrees.

Ryan Brehm, 19, of Mt. Pleasant, Mich., made the cut at the 2005 Buick Open. He will be a junior at Michigan State and was runner-up at the 2005 Big 10 Championships.

Clark Brown, 21, of Navarre, Fla., was a wide receiver at the 2004 College Flag Football National Championships. He will be a senior at Alabama-Birmingham.

Bronson Burgoon, 18, of Woodlands, Texas, was in a three-man playoff for the final two qualifying spots at Black Horse in Cypress, Texas. The playoff last four extra holes until one of the competitors three-putted for a bogey and Bronson earned a spot. The player who three-putted was his older brother Brandon, 20.

Dane Burkhart, 21, of Aiken, S.C., shot 59 in the final round of the 2005 Palmetto Amateur to win by eight strokes. That happened one day shy of his 21st birthday.

Adam Cohan, 19, of Wayne, Pa., won the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association golf title in 2002 and was runner-up in 2003. He will be sophomore at Georgia Tech this fall.

Ed Cuff, 44, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., is playing in his fifth U.S. Amateur. He advanced to the quarterfinals in his first appearance in 1984.

John Dowdall, 45, of Houston, Texas is playing in his third U.S. Amateur. His first two appearances were in 1982 and 1983. He played on the PGA Tour in 1990, 1993 and 1997.

Danny Green, 48, of Jackson, Tenn., is playing in his 14th Amateur. He was runner-up in the 1989 Amateur at Merion. He is the only player to reach the final of the U.S. Amateur, the U.S. Mid-Amateur and the U.S. Amateur Public Links.

Dr. Alan Hampton, 42, of Brunswick, Ga., is playing in his first U.S. Amateur after 24 previous unsuccessful attempts. He is a dentist.

Seung-Su Han, 18, of Korea, will be a freshman at UNLV in the fall. He is playing in his second U.S. Amateur. His first appearance was as a 13-year-old in 2000.

John Holmes, 23, of Campbellsville, Ky., was a member of the victorious USA squad at the 2005 Walker Cup Match. He earned a high school letter in golf as a third-grader. He was the 2005 Southeastern Conference Golfer of the Year.

Clay Homan, 33, of Starkville, Miss., is the head golf coach at Mississippi State. He is playing in his second U.S. Amateur. His first was in 1994, where he made the cut for match play but lost in the first round.

Christopher Jensen, 17, of Los Altos, Calif., caddied for his brother Michael at the 2004 U.S. Amateur. This year, Michael returns the favor. Christopher is playing in his first U.S. Amateur.

J.T. Johnson, 42, of Woodbury, Minn., playing in his first U.S. Amateur, carried two drivers in qualifying – one for fades, one for draws.

James Lepp, 21, of Canada, won the 2005 NCAA individual championship. His team, the University of Washington, finished a program-best third.

John Lobb, 42, of Jacksonville, Fla., a commander and executive officer in the U.S. Navy, is playing in his first U.S. Amateur. His boss, Charlie King, the commanding officer of the Mayport Naval Station, will be his caddie.

Pablo Martin, 19, of Spain – In a year when the Walker Cup Match has just been completed, Pablo Martin is a notable talent, having won the British Boys Amateur in 2001 at the age of 15. He is headed into his sophomore year at the Oklahoma State after having earned first-team All-America in 2005.

Michael McCoy, 42, of West Des Moines, Iowa – A six-time Iowa Player of the Year, Michael McCoy is playing in his 10th U.S. Amateur. He tried his hand at professional golf until he was re-instated as an amateur in 1988. He is a 42-year-old insurance executive. He also has played in nine U.S. Mid-Amateurs and two U.S. Amateur Public Links championships. His best finish in Amateur play was reaching the second round of match play in 1998.

Clay Ogden, 20, of West Point, Utah – Clay won the 2005 U.S. Amateur Public Links title and along the way ended Michelle Wie’s run. Wie had reached the quarterfinals before Ogden scored a 5-and-4 victory. Ogden is heading into his junior year at BYU.

Brent Paladino, 18, of Kensington, Conn., says he can play golf left-handed and break 90. He normally swings right-handed. The 18-year-old freshman at the College of William and Mary, birdied two of the last three holes to earn a spot in his first U.S. Amateur.

Tom Perry, 57, of Indianapolis, Ind., played in both the U.S. Senior Open (1998) and USGA Senior Amateur (2004) before he got the chance to play in his first U.S. Amateur (2005). He birdied his last two holes in his qualifier to earn his spot in the Amateur. A grandfather and father of six children, Perry is a partner in a mortgage company. He is the second oldest in the field; six months younger than Greg Reynolds, who was fully exempted into the field.

Zach Reeves, 20, of Arlington, Texas, had a big decision to make in the summer of 2003. Just 18 at the time, he was playing in a charity tournament a made a prize-winning hole-in-one. He chose to not accept the Jeep Wrangler and maintain his amateur status. Today, he is a sophomore and a golfer for the University of Texas at Arlington. He also played in the 2004 Amateur, but missed the cut to match play. He was runner-up at this summer’s Texas Amateur.

Greg Reynolds, 58, of Grand Blanc, Mich., is the oldest golfer in the field. He earned a full exemption by being low amateur at the recent U.S. Senior Open. He played his first two rounds with Arnold Palmer. Reynolds won the 2002 USGA Senior Amateur. This is his 24th USGA championship (eight Amateurs). He is a member of the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame.

Jay Reynolds of Austin, Texas, is a four-time International String-Off champion. He can throw knots in a rope one-handed. The 22-year-old is a pretty good golfer, too. He was the medalist in his 36-hole qualifier to earn his third trip to a U.S. Amateur. He is a senior at the University of New Mexico.

Willard Richart of Saline, Mich., heard plenty about Merion Golf Club when he was growing up. His father was club champion at Merion in 1944. The 46-year-old Willard, who works for a computer company, is playing in his sixth U.S. Amateur. His first Amateur was 1985, 20 years ago.

Dayton Rose, 21, of Midwest City, Okla., made some long-range plans before he headed off to this U.S. Amateur – he got engaged to his fiancée Abby the night before he left for Merion. The 22-year-old Dayton is a two-time runner-up at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship (2003 and 2004). He will turn 23 on Sept. 23 (Tuesday).

Trey Treadwell, 31, of Haymarket, Va., broke his neck in a car accident in 1996 and came back to play in the U.S. Amateur in 1997. This is the first time back to the Amateur since then. He is a captain in the Air Force.

Gary Woodland, 21, of Berryton, Kansas, is heading into his junior year at Kansas University where he is a member of the school golf team. No doubt, he’s the only member of the golf team who has played an NCAA basketball game in Allen Fieldhouse. As a freshman attending Washburn University, he was member of the basketball team that played its opening game against the Jayhawks. Before he dropped basketball to concentrate on golf, Woodland was an all-state scholastic player who started 75 consecutive high school games.

Pat Youngs, 47, of League City, Texas, qualified for the U.S. Amateur while his wife, Eileen Collins, was in space as a commander of the recent seven-member Discovery space mission. He is playing in his third Amateur. Youngs is also involved in flying as a pilot for a commercial airline.

George Zahringer, 52, of New York, N.Y., is one of only three golfers in the field who played in the last U.S. Amateur at Merion Golf Club (other is 1989 runner-up Danny Green). Zahringer tied for low amateur with Greg Reynolds at the 2005 U.S. Senior Open. He was a member of the 2003 USA Walker Cup team and he won the 2002 U.S. Mid-Amateur. He is playing in his 17th Amateur, more than anyone else in the field.

 

 

Championship Facts

U.S. Amateur Championship

PAR AND YARDAGE – Merion Golf Club will play at 6,846 yards and par 34-36—70. The Philadelphia Country Club course, which will be used for the first two days of stroke play, will play at 6,967 yards and par 35-35– 70.

MERION GOLF CLUB – Hugh Wilson designed the championship course at Merion Golf Club (East Course), which opened in 1912. William Flynn and Howard Toomey designed Philadelphia Country Club (Spring/Mill Course), which opened in 1927. Interesting, Wilson and Flynn were good friends, with Flynn being the first superintendent at Merion.

TICKETS AVAILABLE – Tickets can be purchased by calling the U.S. Amateur office at (484) 708-1050. Daily tickets are $15 and $60 for a weekly pass. More extensive ticket options are also available. Children 17 and under are admitted free if accompanied by a paying adult.

COURSE SET-UP – Merion Golf Club will be set for green speeds of approximately 11-feet 6 inches on the Stimpmeter. The primary rough will be grown to 4 inches, with a strip of intermediate rough cut to 1½ inches in height. Bent grass covers both the fairways and greens.

NO PAST CHAMPIONS – No past Amateur champion entered the 2005 championship. Each of the winners over the past 10 years, who would have been exempt, has turned professional, forfeiting their eligibility for the championship.

TELEVISION COVERAGE – The U.S. Amateur will have 10 hours of live national coverage on The Golf Channel and NBC over the last five days of the championship.

The Golf Channel

First Round Matches – Wed. (Aug. 24), 3-5 p.m. (EDT)
Third Round Matches – Thurs. (Aug. 25), 4-6 p.m. (EDT)
Quarterfinal Matches – Fri. (Aug. 26), 3-5 p.m. (EDT)

NBC

Semifinal Matches – Sat. (Aug. 27), 4-6 p.m. (EDT)
Championship Match – Sun. (Aug. 28), 4-6 p.m. (EDT)

 

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