School-record-tying four TCU golfers qualify for 106th U.S. Amateur
Aug. 2, 2006
FORT WORTH, Texas - For the second straight year, four TCU golfers will be competing in the U.S. Amateur Championship, which will be played Aug. 21-27 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., the site of the 2002 PGA Championship. Prior to 2005, no Horned Frog squad ever had more than three entrants in the field.
Sophomore Tom Miles, the 2006 Mountain West Conference runner up, leads the way with his third appearance at the prestigious tournament. Miles finished second at the Dayton, Ohio, qualifier with a two-round 136, two shots off the pace. The native of Dublin, Ohio, previously played in the stroke play portions of the 2003 and 2004 U.S. Amateurs at Oakmont and Winged Foot Country Clubs, respectively.
Classmate Jon McLean, who hails from Westin, Fla., is appearing at the U.S. Amateur for the second consecutive year. The Horned Frogs' top scorer as a true freshman in 2005-06 was the medalist at the Miami Lakes, Fla., qualifying site after scores of 67-67--134.
Another participant last year at Merion Golf Club was James Sacheck, who earned a berth in this year's event after tying for second place at the Fort Wayne, Ind., qualifier. The junior from Zionsville, Ind., posted a 36-hole score of 140. Sacheck was instrumental in leading TCU to its school all-sport record fifth straight conference title in 2005, but was able to play in two tournaments last season due to injury.
Sophomore Robby Ormand shared medalist honors at Southlake's Timarron Country Club after carding a two-round total of 142. The Austin, Texas, native will be making his debut at the 106th annual event. Ormand saw action in four events last season as a true freshman.
Two Horned Frog players narrowly missed gaining entrance into the tournament and are listed as alternates. Sophomore Jesse Speirs, who was TCU's top finisher in the 2005 U.S. Amateur stroke play, fired a two-round 138 to miss by one stroke at the Stockbridge, Mass., qualifier. Meanwhile, junior Ryan Ammon (68-76--144) of Waco, Texas, lost in a four-way playoff for the final two spots at the San Antonio area site.
The USGA accepted more than 7,000 entries for the 2006 U.S. Amateur. Over the last two weeks, sectional qualifying was conducted over 36 holes at 100 sites to finalize the 312-person field. Following two rounds of stroke play from Aug. 21-22, the field will be cut to the low 64 amateurs. Those 64 players will then compete in a match play elimination tournament until the championship, which will take place on Sunday, Aug. 27. Three TCU golfers -- J.J. Henry, Adam Rubinson and J.J. Killeen -- previously advanced to the U.S. Amateur's match play round of 16.