Lee On The Verge Of Advancing At U.S. Amateur
Aug. 25, 2009
Tulsa, Okla. -- Washington Husky golfer Richard Lee advanced to a 27-man playoff at the U.S. Amateur Championship in Tulsa, Okla., after finishing the first two rounds of stroke play tied in a logjam at 61st place. With only 64 players advancing to match play, the 27 hopefuls will compete on Wednesday morning for four remaining spots.
Wednesday's playoff will start at 7:30 a.m. (CT) on hole No. 14 at Southern Hills Country Club. Match play will begin at 8:00 a.m.
Lee (Bellevue, Wash.) totaled a 148 over the first two days, shooting a 4-over 74 on both Monday and Tuesday. The Husky senior entered his final hole of the day -- the par-4 No. 9 -- at 7-over, but bogeyed to fall into the massive tie.
Lee's Husky teammate Nick Taylor, the world's top ranked amateur, failed to make the cut after ending up +13 overall. Taylor (Abbottsford, B.C.) shot a respectable 3-over 73 on Tuesday, but was unable to make up ground after shooting a 10-over 80 on Monday.
Tim Jackson of Germanstown, Tenn., made history at the Amateur Championship, becoming the oldest competitor to ever win medalist honors in the event's 109-year history. Jackson, 50, posted a 36-hole total of even-par 140 to win by one stroke.