Current and Former Frog Golfers Fall Short at U.S. Amateur
Aug. 20, 2002
FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU junior Stephen Polanski and former Horned Frog golfers Bret Guetz and Andy Doeden came up shy in their attempts to advance to the match-play portion of the 102nd U.S. Amateur Championship held this week at the Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Polanski, a native of Livonia, Mich., posted a two-round score of 147 to tie for 112th place overall. Following Monday's opening round, he remained in contention for a match-play slot after recording a three-over par score of 73, which included a double-bogey on the 18th. After heading out with a five-over par 40 on Tuesday's front nine, he stormed back with a one-under 34 on the back side to wind up with a four-over 74. However his rally came up short, as Polanski missed the cut of 143 by four strokes.
"Playing in the U.S. Amateur will serve as a great learning experience for Stephen," TCU head coach Bill Montigel said. "He is going to be a big key for us this season, and with as tough of a schedule as we have this year, the fact that he qualified for and played in such a huge tournament should give him a lot of confidence heading into the school year."
Guetz, a third-team All-American in 2002, had a 36-hole total of 146 to place in a tie for 100th. He opened with a six-over score of 76 on day one at the South Course before scoring an even-par 70 on Tuesday to move up the leaderboard. Meanwhile, Doeden (79-74=153) finished in a share of 226th place. Last year, Doeden landed in the match-play portion of the event and reached the round of 32 before being eliminated.
The field of 312 golfers has now been reduced to the lowest 64 scorers, who have advanced to match play. All matches, except for the final, are 18 holes. The 36-hole championship is scheduled for Sunday, August 25. The champion receives an exemption into the 2003 U.S. Open. For more information, please visit www.usamateur.org.