Three Sun Devil Men's Golfers Ready For U.S. Amateur Next Week

Aug. 20, 2009

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Three Sun Devil men's golfers will be competing with 309 others in the 2009 U.S. Amateur next week (Aug. 24-30) when it begins play at the Southern Hills Country Club and Cedar Ridge Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.

Spencer Fletcher tied for third at the Peninsula Golf and Country Club in San Mateo, Calif., on July 27 while Tristan Bierenbroodspot finished second at sectional qualifying held Aug. 3 in Boulder, Colo., at the Boulder Country Club to punch his ticket. Jesper Kennegard earned an exemption with his eighth-place finish at the World Amateur held in Australia in October.

It has been a busy week for Randy Lein's squad, as Knut Borsheim won the Norwegian Open last weekend, while James Byrne is competing in the European Amateur this weekend.

Southern Hills has a rich history of major championships. It has hosted 14 major championships: three U.S. Open Championships (1958, 1977, 2001), an unprecedented four PGA Championships (1970, 1982, 1994, 2007), a USGA Women's Amateur Championship (1946), a USGA Junior Amateur Championship (1953), a USGA Senior Amateur Championship (1961), a USGA Amateur Championship (1965), a USGA Women's Mid Amateur Championship (1987) and two Tour Championships (1994, 1995). The Perry Maxwell Course is a par-70.

Three Sun Devils have won the amateur. Jeff Quinney took home the honors in 2000, Phil Mickelson in 1990 and Billy Mayfair in 1987.

The Championship begins with 36 holes of stroke play on Monday and Tuesday. The field is cut to the low 64 players for match play after Tuesday's round. Match play begins on Wednesday and continues until the 36-hole final on Sunday.

The 2010 U.S. Amateur will be held at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., August 23-29, 2010.

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