One current, two former Frogs reach U.S. Amateur
Aug. 8, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU golf program will be well represented later this month at the U.S. Amateur Championship, as current Horned Frog James Sacheck and ex-TCU players Drew Stoltz and Aaron Hickman have earned spots in the tournament.
Sacheck, a junior, will be making his second appearance at the U.S. Amateur after debuting last year. Last week, Sacheck tied for third at the Carmel, Ind., regional with a two-round score of 141. He won a sudden-death playoff to earn the site's final spot.
Stoltz, a recent graduate and former league champion, dominated the Parker, Colo., qualifier. He cruised to a six-stroke victory by posting a 36-hole 139. It will be Stoltz's first-ever trip to the U.S. Amateur.
Hickman, who completed his TCU career in 2001, reached his third U.S. Amateur, and first since his college days, by virtue of a playoff victory at the Bullard, Texas, sectional. His sum of 140 tied for second place at the event.
The 107th U.S. Amateur Championship, which is conducted by the United States Golf Association, will be held at The Olympic Club in San Francisco from Aug. 20-26.
The USGA accepted more than 7,000 entries for the 2007 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. 20-21, 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. 26.