An emotional Richie Ramsay is brought to tears after becoming the first Scotsman in 108 years to capture the U.S. Amateur championship. Ramsay defeated John Kelly, 4 and 2, Sunday in the 36-hole final Sunday at Hazeltine National Golf Club. (John Mummert/USGA)

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Scotland’s Richie Ramsay Beats John Kelly For U.S. Amateur Title, 4 and 2

Chaska, Minn. - Richie Ramsay, 23, of Scotland, won four of six holes with birdies to take a 3-up lead after 13 holes and then held on the rest of the way to beat John Kelly, 21, of St. Louis, Mo., 4 and 2, in the 36-hole final of the U.S. Amateur championship Sunday at Hazeltine National Golf Club.

Ramsay becomes the first Scotsman since 1898 to win the Amateur championship, earning a place in the next U.S. Open and British Open, and a likely invitation to play in the next Masters Tournament.

Robotic Ramsay Masterful In Championship Match

Chaska, Minn. - Rupert Fisher, the father of 17-year-old wunderkind Oliver Fisher, affectionately gave Richie Ramsay the nickname of Rambo prior to the start of the 2006 U.S. Amateur at Hazeltine National Golf Club.

Fisher, of England, and the Scottish-born Ramsay have become good friends since they competed on the 2005 Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup side at Chicago Golf Club last summer.

Sunday Notebook: Ramsay’s Victory Sets Off Block Party For Host Families

Chaska, Minn. - Memo to the Chaska Police Department: If the block party at Timberview Terrace Sunday night gets a little out of hand, don't pass out any disturbing-the-peace citations.

The neighbors have one gigantic reason to have a celebration.

For a little more than a week, the Buller and Hockett families hosted several Great Britain participants in the 2006 U.S. Amateur. That group included 2005 Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cuppers Lloyd Saltman, Oliver Fisher, Rhys Davis and Richie Ramsay. Ramsay, Fisher and Fisher's father, Rupert, all stayed with the Bullers. Saltman, Davies and England's Steven Tiley were put up by the Hocketts.

Kelly’s Heroes: Tigers Come Roar Teammate Into Amateur Final

Chaska, Minn. – Dedication is getting in a car with three friends and driving nine consecutive hours to watch a teammate play for the biggest prize in amateur golf.

From the moment John Kelly’s final putt dropped in Friday’s quarterfinal victory over Trip Kuehne at the 2006 U.S. Amateur, Bud Reynolds, Michael Unger, Trent Twaddle and Ryne Fisher had their bags packed. They didn’t even wait to watch The Golf Channel’s post-match interview.

The Ramsay Rule: Keep Winning, Despite Unfortunate Infractions

Chaska, Minn. - If nothing else at this week's U.S. Amateur, Richie Ramsay is getting a crash course on the Rules of Golf. Fortunately for him, the egregious penalties have yet to halt his run to Sunday's 36-hole final against John Kelly at Hazeltine National Golf Club.

Holding a 2-up lead through 15 holes on Saturday against Wake Forest All-American Webb Simpson of Raleigh, N.C., Ramsay grounded his club in a hazard - a violation of Rule 13-4 - and incurred a loss-of-hole penalty. Ramsay, though, still managed to pull off a 1-up win over Simpson.

Saturday Notebook: Yip Hopes U.S. Amateur Performance Noticed By RCGA For Canadian World Amateur Team

Chaska, Minn. - Ryan Yip hopes that his semifinal defeat Saturday at the 2006 U.S. Amateur is not his final amateur competition.

The 22-year-old from Calgary, Alberta, has already graduated from Kent State and plans to turn professional soon. But he would like to compete one more time as an amateur. That would be if the Royal Canadian Golf Association selects him to the three-man squad for the World Amateur Team Championship this October in South Africa.

Measuring Hole Locations Down To A ‘T’

Chaska, Minn. - The golf course can be a quiet sanctuary in the wee hours of the morning. The only sounds generally come from nature or the occasional mower.

But during USGA championships, a small group of individuals can be found on the greens and teeing grounds. They are the folks in charge of setting up the golf course, from picking where the tee markers will go to choosing hole locations.

A Look At The 2006 U.S. Amateur Quarterfinalists


Championship Facts

U.S. Amateur

PAR AND YARDAGE Hazeltine National Golf Club will play at 7,473 yards and par 36-3672. The Chaska Town Course, which will be used for the first two days of stroke play, will play at 6,753 yards and par 35-36 71.

HAZELTINE NATIONAL GOLF CLUB Robert Trent Jones designed Hazeltine National, which opened in 1962. Arthur Hills designed the Chaska Town Course, which opened in 1997.

TICKETS AVAILABLE Tickets can be purchased by calling the U.S. Amateur office at (952) 556-5441. 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 Hazeltine National will be set for green speeds of approximately 11-feet 6 inches on the Stimpmeter. The primary rough will be grown to four inches, with a strip of intermediate rough cut to 1 inches in height. Bent grass covers both the fairways and greens.

SLOPE AND COURSE RATINGS Hazeltine National will carry a USGA Course Rating™ of 77.8 and a Slope Rating® of 155. The Chaska Town Course will carry a USGA Course Rating™ of 73.4 and a Slope Rating® of 143. An "average" Slope Rating in the U.S. is about 113.

TOP RETURNING PLAYERS Quarterfinalists from 2005 are fully exempt from having to qualify for the 2006 championship. Those exempt and entered (5) are Austin Eaton of North Sutton, N.H., Anthony Kim of La Quinta, Calif., Mark Leon of Canada, Dawie van der Walt of Beaumont, Texas (South Africa) and Ryan Yip of Canada.

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

The Golf Channel
First Round Matches Wed. (Aug. 23), 4-6 p.m. (EDT)
Third Round Matches Thurs. (Aug. 24), 4-6 p.m. (EDT)
Quarterfinal Matches Fri. (Aug. 25), 4-6 p.m. (EDT)

Semifinal Matches Sat. (Aug. 26), 4-6 p.m. (EDT)
Championship Match Sun. (Aug. 27), 4-6 p.m. (EDT)


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