Aug. 24, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. -
Stanford's men's golf program will be well-represented at this week's 109th United States Amateur Championship, as a total of six Cardinal golfers, including five current team members, will join golfers from around the globe competing for the Havemeyer Trophy.
Current players David Chung, Jordan Cox, Joseph Bramlett, Andrew Yun and Steve Ziegler will be joined by recent graduate Dodge Kemmer at the acclaimed Southern Hills Golf Club in Tulsa, Ok., site of three U.S. Opens and four PGA Championships.
A total of 312 players will play 36 holes of stroke play on Monday and Tuesday with the top 64 finishers advancing to the match play portion of the event, which begins on Wednesday. Rounds two and three of match play will be contested on Thursday, with the top eight players advancing to Friday's quarterfinals. The semifinals are set for Saturday with the 36-hole championship match scheduled for Sunday.
Chung and Ziegler enter this week's play with momentum and confidence. Earlier this summer, Chung captured the prestigious North & South Men's Amateur Championship in Pinehurst, NC while Ziegler won both the Colorado Golf Association's match play and stroke play titles.
The U.S. Amateur Championship is the oldest golf championship in this country, one day older than the U.S. Open. Except for an eight-year period, 1965-1972, when it was stroke play, the Amateur has been a match-play championship.
Throughout its history, the U.S. Amateur has been the most coveted of all amateur titles. Many of the great names of professional golf, such as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lanny Wadkins, Craig Stadler, Jerry Pate, Mark O'Meara, Hal Sutton, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, grace the Havemeyer Trophy.