Men's Golf Update: U.S. Amateur Next for Several Sun Devils in Pittsburgh
Six current Sun Devils -- four of them in the top-100 of the World Amateur Golf Rankings -- are ready to tee it up at the 2021 U.S. Amateur that begins play Monday (August 9) at Oakmont Country Club (Oakmont, Pa.) and Longue Vue Club (Verona, Pa.).
Ryggs Johnston, James Leow, David Puig and Cameron Sisk are Sun Devil returners in the field, while Kiko Coelho and Preston Summerhays are incoming freshman. They are part of the 312-player field that will play 18 holes on both Monday and Tuesday with hope of moving on to the Round of 64 that starts on Wednesday (Aug. 11). Match play continues with 18 hole matches each day until the final on Sunday that is 36 holes.
MONDAY TEE TIMES (ALL TIMES ET/WAGR RANKING ALSO IN PARENTHESES)
James Leow (304), 8:10 a.m. -- Longue Vue Club
Ryggs Johnston (48), 8:50 a.m. -- Longue Vue Club
Cameron Sisk (64), 9:10 a.m. -- Longue Vue Club
David Puig (6), 9:10 a.m. -- Oakmont Country Club
Preston Summerhays (89), 2:05 p.m. -- Longue Vue Club
Kiko Coelho (1,174), 2:05 p.m. -- Oakmont Country Club
ASU is coming off a solid 2020-21 season as David Puig (second-team All-American), Ryggs Johnston (third-team All-American) and Cameron Sisk (honorable mention All-American in 2021 and third-team All-American in 2019-20) all grabbed GCAA honors and the team reached the semifinals of the NCAA Match Play Championship, its best finish since it won the title in 1996.
STRAIGHT FROM THE USGA AMATEUR PREVIEW
James Leow, 24, of Singapore, missed most of his junior season at Arizona State University following surgery in December 2020. He returned to win the Southwestern Amateur on June 19 with a 72-hole score of 12-under 272, including a first-round 63 at Desert Mountain Club. Leow, who played in the 2020 U.S. Amateur, served 22 months of compulsory military service for his country as a sergeant and instructor to newly enlisted recruits. He won the 30th Southeast Asian Games and tied for fifth in the Asia-Pacific Amateur in 2019. He also was victorious in the 2018 Singapore National Amateur.
Cameron Sisk, 21, of San Diego, Calif., advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2020 U.S. Amateur, losing to eventual runner-up Ollie Osborne, 2 and 1. In 2018, he reached match play in his first U.S. Amateur and was a semifinalist in the U.S. Junior Amateur. Sisk made his second appearance on the All-America team as a junior at Arizona State University in 2020-21. He tied for eighth in stroke play and helped the Sun Devils reach the semifinals in match play at the NCAA Championship. Sisk, who was the Pac-12 Conference's top freshman two years ago, was a quarterfinalist in The Amateur Championship, conducted by The R&A, in 2019. His twin brother, Parker, plays at San Jose State University.
Preston Summerhays, 19, of Scottsdale, Ariz., won the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur, which earned him an exemption into the 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot. Summerhays, who has played in three U.S. Amateurs, is the son of former PGA Tour player Boyd, the nephew of retired PGA Tour player Daniel and the great nephew of Bruce, who won three PGA Tour Champions events. Preston, who will attend Arizona State University in the fall, partnered with Luke Potter to reach the quarterfinals of this year's U.S. Amateur Four-Ball. He won this summer's inaugural Barbasol Junior Championship and claimed the 2020 Sunnehanna Amateur, becoming the youngest champion in tournament history.
SUN DEVIL AMATEUR HISTORY
Three Sun Devils have won the U.S. Amateur title, with the last win by a Sun Devil coming 21 years ago when Eugene, Ore., native Jeff Quinney beat James Driscoll in 39 holes in New Jersey.
SUN DEVIL U.S. AMATEUR CHAMPIONS
2000: Jeff Quinney defeated James Driscoll, 39 holes; Baltusrol G.C., Springfield, N.J.; Medalists — 137, Jim Salinetti, Jeff Wilson; Entries: 7,124
1990: Phil Mickelson defeated Manny Zerman, 5 and 4; Cherry Hills C.C., Englewood, Colo.; Medalist — 135, Phil Mickelson; Entries: 4,765
1987: Bill Mayfair defeated Eric Rebmann, 4 and 3; Jupiter Hills Club (Hills Course), Jupiter, Fla.; Medalist — 141, Scott Gump; Entries: 4,084
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