Former Bear Robert Hamilton in U.S. Amateur Final

Aug. 25, 2001

Former Cal golfer Robert Hamilton defeated BYU's Manuel Mirizale, 2 and 1, to advance to Sunday's final of the U.S. Amateur Championship Sunday at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

Hamilton, who completed his Golden Bear career in 2000, will face off against University of Florida junior Bubba Dickerson in the 36-hole final.

'It hasn't hit me yet,' said Hamilton, who had missed qualifying for the Amateur six times before this year. 'I remember saying to myself, 'If you can't make it to the Amateur, are you really ready to play on tour?''

As a result of his effort at the Amateur, Hamilton will receive an invitation to the 2002 Masters.

Saturday, Hamilton won four straight holes on the back nine, beginning at the 12th, by making pars each time.

'It's so hard to make par out here if you don't hit the fairway,' he said. 'I just tried to find the fairway, give myself the best chance at making four.'

A co-captain for the Bears in 2000, Hamilton helped Cal to a pair of Top 20 finishes in the NCAA Tournament after transferring from Sacramento State. The Bears were 16th in 1999 and tied for 17th in 2000. Hamilton's best finish at Cal was a second-place showing at the 2000 Pacific Coast Intercollegiate. At Sac State, he won two Big Sky Conference titles.

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