U.S. Amateur Storylines
USGA CHAMPIONS – Twelve USGA champions are in the field: Brad Benjamin (2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links); Brian Harman (2003 U.S. Junior Amateur); Tim Hogarth (1996 U.S. Amateur Public Links); Tim Jackson (1994 and 2001 U.S. Mid-Amateur); Buddy Marucci (2008 USGA Senior Amateur); Jack Newman (2008 U.S. Amateur Public Links); Cameron Peck (2008 U.S. Junior Amateur); Nathan Smith (2003 U.S. Mid-Amateur); Jordan Spieth (2009 U.S. Junior Amateur); Kevin Tway (2005 U.S. Junior Amateur); Steve Wilson (2008 U.S. Mid-Amateur) and George Zahringer (2002 U.S. Mid-Amateur).
USA WALKER CUP PLAYERS – Bud Cauley of Jacksonville, Fla.; Rickie Fowler of Murrieta, Calif.; Brendan Gielow of Muskegon, Mich.; Brian Harman of Savannah, Ga.; Morgan Hoffmann of Saddle Brook, N.J.; Adam Mitchell of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Nathan Smith of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Drew Weaver of High Point, N.C. are the 2009 USA Walker Cup team members in the field. Past Walker Cup players are: Fowler (2007); Harman (2005); Tim Jackson (1995 and 1997); Buddy Marucci (1995 and 1997); and George Zahringer (2003). Marucci captained the 2007 USA squad and will do so again at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., Sept. 12-13.
INTERNATIONAL REPRESENTATION – A total of 12 nations are represented by the 312 competitors. After the USA, Canada has the most with 13. Chile and Sweden each have two competitors in the field, and Chinese Taipei, France, Guatemala, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines and Puerto Rico are also represented.
BY STATE – Forty-four states are represented at the U.S. Amateur with California leading the way with 47 players. Texas (24), Florida (20), North Carolina (17) and Illinois and Pennsylvania (12) followed.
OKLAHOMANS – Five players from Oklahoma have made the field – Philip Bryan of Norman (who advanced to the semifinals at the 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in July); Colby Shrum of Perry; Talor Gooch of Midwest City; Trent Whitekiller of Sallisaw and Kevin Tway of Edmond (2005 U.S. Junior Amateur champion).
ALL IN THE CLUB – Three members of Wynlakes Country Club in Montgomery, Ala., have qualified for the U.S. Amateur – Hunter Hamrick, Matthew Swan and Blake West. Hamrick and Swan played college golf at the University of Alabama and West plays at University of Alabama-Birmingham. All three reside in Montgomery and Hamrick and West qualified at Wynlakes on Aug. 3.
YOUNGEST PLAYER IN THE FIELD – Beau Hossler Jr., Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. (14 years, 5 months, 8 days)
OLDEST PLAYER IN THE FIELD – George “Buddy” Marucci, Villanova, Pa. (57 years, 5 months, 18 days)
AVERAGE AGE OF FIELD – 22.14 years
WORLD AMATEUR TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP PARTICIPANTS IN FIELD (6) –
Rickie Fowler (USA, 2008); Jesper Kennegard (Sweden, 2008); Nick Taylor (Canada, 2008); Nicolas Geyger (Chile, 2008); Tao Huang (Chinese Taipei, 2008); Jose Toledo (Guatemala, 2006 and 2008)
JUNIORS (17 AND UNDER) IN FIELD (19) – Anders Albertson (16); Patrick Cantlay (17); Joey Garber (17); Talor Gooch (17); Matthew Hansen (17); Logan Harrell (17); Beau Hossler Jr. (14); Nick Huggins (17); Jay Hwang (16); Ben Itterman (17); Fletcher Johnson (16); Ian McConnell (17); Grayson Murray (15); Stephen Powers (17); Marcel Puyat (16); Patrick Rodgers (17); Jordan Spieth (16); Richard Werenski (17); Cameron Wilson (16).
MID-AMATEURS (25 AND OVER) IN FIELD (39) – Ryan Abbate (28); Jason Bittick (41); Grady Brame (52); Mike Calef (30); Erik Christopherson (33); Kenny Cook (29); John Dowdall (49); Jeronimo Esteve (28); Jay Fisher (32); Eric Fiskum (33); Brenton Flynn (25); Robert Gerwin (42); Josh Gregory (34); William Hadden (52); Michael Harrington (37); Scott Harvey (31); Tim Hogarth (43); Chad Horner (25); Tim Jackson (50); Trent Karlik (30); Mark Knecht (46); Zachary Lese (26); Tanner Makimoto (29); George “Buddy” Marucci (57); Kevin McLister (49); Daniel Metzendorf (29); Todd Mitchell (31); P. Michael Natale (34); Jeffrey Osberg (25); Jerry Pearsall (45); Todd Pieri (33); Joe Sanders (35); Curtis Skinner (52); Brandon Smith (27); Nathan Smith (31); Terrence Stewart (37); Matthew Williams (30); Steven Wilson (39); George Zahringer (56).
GOLF’S IN GENES – Several players in the field will be recognizable by their surnames: John Kostis, 20, of Paradise Valley, Ariz.; Nate McCoy, 19, of West Des Moines, Iowa; Aaron Stewart, 20, of Orlando, Fla., Kevin Tway, 21, of Edmond, Okla.; Peter Uihlein, 19 (Aug. 29 birthday), of Orlando, Fla.; and Gunner Wiebe, 20, of Aurora, Colo. The list includes:
Kostis is the son of golf instructor and TV analyst Peter Kostis. He plays college golf at the University of Arizona and is also playing in his first U.S. Amateur. McCoy is the son of two-time U.S. Mid-Amateur semifinalist Mike McCoy. The younger McCoy plays college golf at Iowa State. Stewart is the son of two-time U.S. Open champion, the late Payne Stewart. He plays college golf at SMU and is playing in his first U.S. Amateur. Tway is the son of 1986 PGA champion Bob Tway and plays his college golf at Oklahoma State. This is his fourth U.S. Amateur. Uihlein is playing in his third U.S. Amateur and is the son of Wally Uihlein, CEO of a golf equipment company. Wiebe, who plays at the University of San Diego, is the son of Champions Tour player Mark Wiebe. He is playing in his first U.S. Amateur.
PLAYERS IN FIELD WHO COMPETED IN THE 2009 U.S. OPEN (13) – Tyson Alexander; Josh Brock; Bronson Burgoon; David Erdy; Rickie Fowler; Drew Kittleson; Scott Lewis; Ben Martin; Matt Nagy; Kyle Peterman; Nick Taylor; Cameron Tringale; and Drew Weaver.
PLAYERS IN THE FIELD WHO COMPETED IN THE 2009 U.S. SENIOR OPEN (3) –Tim Jackson; George “Buddy” Marucci; and George Zahringer.
PLAYERS IN THE FIELD WHO COMPETED IN THE 2009 U.S. JUNIOR AMATEUR (11) –
Patrick Cantlay; Talor Gooch; Logan Harrell; Jay Hwang; Ben Itterman; Grayson Murray; Stephen Powers; Marcel Puyat; Patrick Rodgers; Jordan Spieth; and Cameron Wilson.
PLAYERS IN THE FIELD WHO COMPETED IN THE 2009 U.S. AMATEUR PUBLIC LINKS (25) – Anders Albertson; Zach Barlow; Brad Benjamin; Ryan Black; Josh Brock; Phillip Bryan; Wesley Bryan; Sam Chien; Brenton Flynn; Rickie Fowler; Luke Guthrie; Tim Madigan; Ian McConnell; Corey Nagy; Matt Nagy; Jack Newman; Cody Paladino; Cameron Peck; Kyle Peterman; Robert Riesen; Chris Scialo; Nick Taylor; Tom Whitney; Matthew Williams; and Steven Wilson.
PLAYERS CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS WEEK OF CHAMPIONSHIP – Michael Ballo (21 on Aug. 25); Joey Garber (18 on Aug. 29); Ben Martin (22 on Aug. 26); Jerry Pearsall (46 on Aug. 29); Scott Roudebush (22 on Aug. 28); Cameron Tringale (22 on Aug. 24, first day of championship); and Peter Uihlein (20 on Aug. 29).
Zach Barlow, 22, of Percy, Ill., won the 2009 Big Ten Championship with the University of Illinois. He had scoliosis correction surgery in November 2002, which placed two rods and 20 screws in his spine. At age 15, he had his first hole-in-one at his first U.S. Open local qualifying at Fox Run G.C. in St. Louis.
Brad Benjamin, 22, of Rockford, Ill., is the 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion. Benjamin is the fifth left-handed USGA champion and the first who putts right-handed. He also won the 2009 Illinois Open.
Sean Brannan, 20, of Hollidaysburg, Pa., was first alternate at the 2009 U.S. Amateur and got into the field when Nathan Smith was exempt from qualifying as a 2009 USA Walker Cup selection. He shot 3-under par in his last five holes of qualifying to get the alternate position.
Josh Brock, 20, of Wilmington, N.C., qualified for the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage, where he missed the cut. The junior at UNC-Wilmington played in the 2008 and 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links.
Bronson Burgoon, 22, of The Woodlands, Texas, hit the NCAA championship-winning shot for Texas A&M in 2009. He also qualified for the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage State Park. Burgoon is a graduate of the Houston Golf Association’s junior golf program, supported by the USGA grants program.
Bud Cauley, 19, of Jacksonville, Fla., was selected for the 2009 USA Walker Cup team. He won the 2009 Players Amateur and was Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year at the University of Alabama. He was a Ben Hogan Award semifinalist and an All-Nicklaus team selection.
David Chung, 19, of Fayetteville, N.C., is a past runner-up (2004) and semifinalist (2005) at the U.S. Junior Amateur. The Stanford sophomore won the 2009 North & South Amateur in Pinehurst.
Jordan Cox, 21, of Redwood City, Calif., was the runner-up in the 2003 U.S. Junior Amateur. He is a senior at Stanford University.
David Erdy, 19, of Boonville, Ind., qualified for the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage State Park, where he missed the cut. The sophomore at Indiana won the 2009 Callaway Collegiate Medal Play.
Rickie Fowler, 20, of Murrieta, Calif., was selected for the 2009 USA Walker Cup team. A member of the 2007 Walker Cup team, he also won the 2008 Ben Hogan Award and 2008 Phil Mickelson Award. Fowler played in the 2008 and 2009 U.S. Opens.
Robert Gerwin, 42, of Cincinnati, Ohio, is playing in his 13th USGA championship, including nine U.S. Mid-Amateurs, two Men’s State Team championships and a U.S. Junior Amateur. He is the president of Coach Development, Inc.
Brendan Gielow, 21, of Muskegon, Mich., was selected for the 2009 USA Walker Cup team. Gielow, a senior at Wake Forest, won the 2009 Porter Cup and the 2008 Northeast Amateur, as well as finishing in the top 10 at the Northeast Amateur, Sunnehanna Amateur and Southern Amateur this year.
Bill Hadden, 52, of Manchester Village, Vt., the runner-up in the 1989 U.S. Mid-Amateur, is playing in his eighth U.S. Amateur championship. A stockbroker for Stifel Nicolaus, Hadden played in the 1984 U.S. Open as an amateur, though he missed the cut. A reinstated amateur, he played in the U.S. Amateur for the first time in 1981 and qualified this year by making a 25-foot putt on the last hole.
Brian Harman, 22, of Savannah, Ga., is playing in his eighth consecutive U.S. Amateur, dating to 2002. The left-handed Harman, a recent graduate of the University of Georgia and a member of the 2005 USA Walker Cup team, was the 2003 U.S. Junior Amateur champion. He has been named as one of the first eight players selected to the 2009 USA Walker Cup team.
Logan Harrell, 17, of Huntersville, N.C., is playing in his first U.S. Amateur. Harrell was a semifinalist at the 2009 U.S. Junior Amateur.
Scott Harvey, 31, of Greensboro, N.C., is playing in his second U.S. Amateur. A reinstated amateur, Harvey is currently a driving range operator and the son of Bill Harvey, a member of the N.C. Golf Hall of Fame.
Graham Hill, 23, of Canada, was a quarterfinalist at the 2008 U.S. Amateur. He recently graduated from Eastern Michigan and is now an investment advisor at RBC Dominion Securities. His brother, Matt Hill, is also in the field.
Matt Hill, 20, of Canada, is the reigning NCAA Champion and winner of the Jack Nicklaus Award for the outstanding collegiate golfer in 2009. Hill, a junior at North Carolina State, recently competed in the RBC Canadian Open and AT&T National tournaments on the PGA Tour, where he missed the cut and finished tied for 70th, respectively. This is Hill’s second U.S. Amateur; he was eliminated in the second round at Pinehurst in 2008.
Morgan Hoffmann, 19, of Saddle Brook, N.J., is playing in his fourth U.S. Amateur. He advanced to match play at age 15 in 2005 and was a quarterfinalist in 2008. Hoffmann has been selected to the 2009 USA Walker Cup team and was the Big 12 Player of the Year at Oklahoma State. He won the 2009 Phil Mickelson Award as the nation’s outstanding freshman.
Tim Hogarth, 43, of Northridge, Calif., the 1996 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion, is playing in his eighth U.S. Amateur. Hogarth is a natural products sales broker and the 1999 California Amateur champion.
Charlie Holland, 23, of Dallas, Texas, was a quarterfinalist at the 2008 U.S. Amateur. He is a senior at the University of Texas.
Beau Hossler Jr., 14, of Rancho Stanta Margarita, Calif., is the youngest player in the field at 14 years, 5 months, 8 days. He birdied the first playoff hole at Big Canyon Country Club to qualify. Hostler is a straight-A student at Santa Margarita High School.
Jay Hwang, 16, of San Diego, Calif., was the runner-up at the 2009 U.S. Junior Amateur. Hwang is a senior at Torrey Pines High School.
Tim Jackson, 50, of Germantown, Tenn., was the low amateur and 36-hole leader at the 2009 U.S. Senior Open. He is a two time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion (1994, 2001), twice a quarterfinalist in the U.S. Amateur and two-time USA Walker Cup team member. This is his 15th U.S. Amateur championship.
Trent Karlik, 30, of Pittsburgh, Pa., is playing in his second U.S. Amateur. A school teacher from the Montour School District, Karlik lists playing at Latrobe C.C. with Arnold Palmer as his most memorable experience in golf.
Drew Kittleson, 20, of Scottsdale, Ariz., was the runner-up at the 2008 U.S. Amateur. A junior at Florida State, he is playing in his third U.S. Amateur.
Gregor Main, 20, of Danville, Calif., is a sophomore at UCLA and recently won the Southern Amateur at Colonial C.C. in Memphis, Tenn. He was the 2009 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.
George “Buddy” Marucci, 57, of Villanova, Pa., is the 2009 USA Walker Cup Captain and 2008 USGA Senior Amateur champion. Marucci is the oldest player in the field at 57 years, 5 months, 18 days. He was the runner-up in the 1995 U.S. Amateur, losing to Tiger Woods in the final.
Michael Mendez, 29, of San Diego, Calif., is playing in his first U.S. Amateur after 10 attempts at qualifying.
Daniel Metzendorf, 29, of Medina, Ohio, is playing in his first U.S. Amateur. A software engineer with Sherwin-Williams, Metzendorf is playing in his fourth different USGA championship and fourth overall (U.S. Junior Amateur in 1997, U.S. Amateur Public Links in 2003 and U.S. Mid-Amateur in 2008). In college, he worked on a project to ensure the accurate delivery of nuclear warheads in the Trident naval weapon system.
Adam Mitchell, 22, of Chattanooga, Tenn., is playing in his third U.S. Amateur. A member of the 2009 USA Walker Cup team, he won the 2008 Porter Cup and was a semifinalist at the 2008 U.S. Amateur.
Todd Mitchell, 31, of Bloomington, Ill., was the runner-up in the 2008 U.S. Mid-Amateur. A late-bloomer in golf, he was drafted by the New York Yankees as a shortstop out of college. Mitchell is playing in his fourth U.S. Amateur.
Corey Nagy, 20, of Charlotte, N.C., is playing in his second U.S. Amateur. Nagy was quarterfinalist at the 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links and a semifinalist in 2007.
Matt Nagy, 20, of Buena Vista, Ga., qualified for the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage State Park. A junior at Kennesaw State, Nagy was defeated in the round of 32 at the 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links.
Jack Newman, 21, of Des Moines, Iowa, is the 2008 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion. The senior at Michigan State finished T-39 at the 2009 John Deere Classic on the PGA Tour.
Jerry Pearsall, 45, of Billings, Mont., is playing in his first U.S. Amateur. He was reinstated as an amateur after being a PGA member for 16 years and the Executive Director of the Pacific Northwest Section of the PGA. He is now the foundation director of St. John’s Lutheran Ministries.
Cameron Peck, 18, of Olympia, Wash., is the 2008 U.S. Junior Amateur champion. An incoming freshman at Texas A&M, Peck was eliminated in the round of 16 at the 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links.
Kyle Peterman, 21, of Springfield, Ill., qualified for the 2009 U.S. Open, where he missed the cut. The senior at Western Illinois made birdie on the second playoff hole to advance to the Open, which gave him an exemption into his first U.S. Amateur.
Patrick Reed, 19, of Augusta, Ga., was a semifinalist at the 2008 U.S. Amateur. Reed, a sophomore at Augusta State, won the 2005 Junior British Open and was a quarterfinalist at the 2009 North & South Amateur in Pinehurst.
Sam Saunders, 21, of Orlando, Fla., is playing in his fourth U.S. Amateur. Saunders, who played in the 2004 U.S. Junior Amateur, is the grandson of golf legend Arnold Palmer.
Nathan Smith, 31, of Pittsburgh, Pa., was selected for the 2009 USA Walker Cup team. The 2003 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, Smith is an investment advisor with Executive Wealth Counselors. He is playing in his eighth U.S. Amateur and has recorded top-10 finishes in 2009 in the Sunnehanna Amateur, Southern Amateur, and Northeast Amateur and has won the Western Pennsylvania Amateur and the Pennsylvania Amateur Match Play championships.
Jordan Spieth, 16, of Dallas, Texas, is the 2009 U.S. Junior Amateur champion and is playing in his first U.S. Amateur. Speith also won the 2009 Junior Byron Nelson and was runner-up at the 2009 Junior PGA Championship.
Nick Taylor, 21 of Canada, was the low amateur at the 2009 U.S. Open and runner-up at the 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links championship. His 65 in the second round at Bethpage tied the low round ever by an amateur in the U.S. Open.
Kevin Tway, 21, of Edmond, Okla., is the 2005 U.S. Junior Amateur champion. His father, 1986 PGA Champion Bob Tway, is his caddie this week.
Peter Uihlein, 19, of Orlando, Fla., was the 2005 and 2007 AJGA Player of the Year. The sophomore at Oklahoma State is playing in his third U.S. Amateur and recently tied for fourth at the 2009 Porter Cup.
Mike Van Sickle, 22, of Wexford, Pa., won the 2009 Byron Nelson Award and recently graduated from Marquette University. His father, Sports Illustrated golf writer Gary Van Sickle, is his caddie.
Drew Weaver, 22, of High Point, N.C., won the 2007 British Amateur championship and has been selected for the 2009 USA Walker Cup team. The recent Virginia Tech graduate is playing in his fifth U.S. Amateur.
Steve Wilson, 39, of Ocean Springs, Miss., is the 2008 U.S. Mid-Amateur Champion. Wilson, who owns a gas station, attended Southern Mississippi at the same time as NFL quarterback Brett Favre and now plays in Favre’s charity golf event annually.