Two Horned Frogs to Compete in 104th U.S. Amateur
Aug. 10, 2004
FORT WORTH, Texas - A pair of TCU golfers, senior J.J. Killeen and junior Drew Pigg, are among 312 players who have earned spots in the 104th U.S. Amateur, the country's oldest golf championship. The event will run from August 16-22 at historic Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y. It will mark Killeen's third year (2000, 2003, 2004) in the tournament, while Pigg is making his second appearance (2003, 2004).
Last year, Killeen (Lubbock, Texas/Coronado H.S.) and former Horned Frog Adam Rubinson joined current PGA Tour player J.J. Henry as the only golfers in TCU history to reach the round of 16 at the U.S. Amateur. After advancing through the stroke play portion of the tournament, Killeen won a pair of matches before finally falling in match play.
Killeen claimed a berth in this year's event after grabbing first place at the Lubbock qualifier at Texas Tech University's Rawls Course with a two-round score of 134. He is set to tee off at 12:31 p.m. (CT) on Monday, August 16 and will begin next Tuesday's round at 7:31 a.m. (CT). Last year, Killeen was a second-team All-Conference USA performer and helped TCU win its fourth straight league title and place 20th at the NCAA Championships.
Pigg (Plano, Texas/Plano West H.S.) advanced to the U.S. Amateur for the second straight year after a runner-up finish at the Frisco, Texas, sectional qualifier at Stonebriar Country Club. He recorded a 36-hole sum of 147 to gain admittance to the prestigious event. Pigg will start his August 16 round at 6:24 a.m. (CT) and will play at 11:24 (CT) the following day. The junior appeared in two tournaments for the Frogs last year and has played in five events during his two-year TCU career.
Winged Foot has hosted four U.S. Opens (1929, '59, '74 and '84); two Women's U.S. Opens (1957 and '72); one PGA Championship (1997); the inaugural U.S. Senior Open (1984); one Walker Cup match (1948) and one U.S. Amateur (1940). The West Course (7,266 yards, par 70), will be played each day of the event, while the club's East Course (6,760 yards, par 70) will also be used during the two days of stroke play.
The USGA accepted 7,356 entries for the 2004 U.S. Amateur. Sectional qualifying was conducted over 36 holes at 100 sites from July 21-August 3 to finalize the 312-person field. Following two rounds of stroke play next week, 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, August 22. For more information and live scoring of the tournament, visit the official website of the U.S. Amateur: www.usamateur.org.