Reehoorn's Run At British Amateur Ends
June 6, 2001
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland --- Washington State senior golfer Jon Reehoorn wasn't able to extend his stay at the British Amateur after posting an 80 in each of the first two rounds.
After an 80 at the Kilmarnock Barassie course on Monday, the Burlington, Wash., native was unable to improve and carded another 80 at Prestwick on Tuesday. His combined score of 160 left him just outside of the 64 players that will move into match play for the second stage of the event.
Nicholas Dougherty of Shaw Hill, Scotland, leads the event after firing a 135 over the first two rounds of the event, including a 66 on Monday. Adam Frayne, also of Scotland, is three strokes back with a 138 heading into match play.
Randy Haag leads the list of 44 American players with a 143. Haag is tied for 15th. Craig Welty, a former standout at Western Washington University and Reehoorn's playing partner, also missed the cut after a pair of 75's.
Reehoorn qualified for the event at the Royal & Ancient Golf Club through a three-year exemption he earned by shooting his way into the 1998 U.S. Amateur.
The Trip To Scotland'We flew over on Tuesday, but it was actually Wednesday morning when we got here. It was nine hours to Scotland, and then an hour and a half to Glasgow. We got here in the afternoon and didn't want to go to sleep, so we got a practice round in at Prestwick.'
On His Ill-Fated Wednesday Practice Round'It was blowing about 30 miles per hour and then it started to rain. By the eighth hole I couldn't hang on to the club anymore. We had to walk in from the farthest point on the course. Prestwick is located right on the North Sea, so the wind doesn't ever stop and it isn't often that you see any blue sky.'
Culture Shock'The weirdest part about the whole trip is the cars. They are so small. Not to mention we drive on the other side of the road.'
On Playing at Prestwick'The first hole is unbelievable. It's only 346 yards long, but you have to hit a four iron off the tee and the fairway is lined with a brick wall to the right. On the other side of the road runs a train and there is a wall along the whole right side next to the green. In one of my practice rounds, I bounced it off the wall onto the green.'