David Chung Advances to the Finals of Prestigious North & South Amateur
July 3, 2009
VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. - Stanford sophomore David Chung has advanced to the finals of the 109th Men's North & South Amateur Championships being held at Pinehurst No. 2. Chung will face South Carolina sophomore Wes Bryan in tomorrow's 36-hole final beginning at 8:00 am ET.
Chung advanced to Saturday's championship match with a 1-up win over Augusta State sophomore Patrick Reed in the quarterfinals and then disposed of Central Florida graduate David Johnson, 6-and-5 in the semifinals.
Chung and Reed were all squared going to the 18th hole in Friday's quarterfinal match. Chung's second shot on the par 4, 445-yard 18th hole fell within 20 feet of the hole, but Reed's shot flew the green and required relief from the clubhouse shrubbery. Reed's third shot hit the side of the green and rolled back into the swale, while a fourth shot would find a resting place just two feet from the hole. Chung's long birdie putt landed a foot from the pin and par was conceded for the win.
'I started off bad,' Chung said of his earlier round. 'I was three off with minor errors, and misread on the speed of putts. But I played solidly on the back nine. I knew pars wouldn't give it away, but birdies would win the match.'
Chung's consistent play continued in the afternoon as he beat out the errant shots of Johnson in the semifinal round. Johnson's bogeys on the 1st, 4th, and 6th holes and double on the 5th to Chung's pars on the same holes - combined with Chung birdies on 3 and 9 - left the match at a commanding 6-up Chung lead at the turn. A bogey to Johnson's par on the 10th was answered with a Chung birdie to Johnson's par on 11, leaving matched pars on the 12th to take the match dormie, and equal pars on the 13th for the Chung win, 6-and-5.
'In the afternoon, I was more relaxed,' said Chung, a native of nearby Fayetteville, N.C., who has been playing the fabled No. 2 course at Pinehurst since he was 11 years old. 'I knew where the pins were. I had no bogeys. And my caddie kept me loose.'
The final 36-hole match of the 109th Men's North & South Amateur Championship will begin at 8 am on Pinehurst No. 2, with the second 18 holes beginning around 12 noon.