TCU golfers enjoy impressive day at U.S. Amateur
Aug. 21, 2006
CHASKA, Minn. - All four TCU golfers competing in the 106th U.S. Amateur registered strong opening rounds and are contenders to advance into the 64-person match play bracket. The last Horned Frog golfer to reach the match play as a collegian was J.J. Killeen in 2003.
Hazeltine National Golf Club, the site of the 2002 PGA Championship, is playing at 7,405 yards (par 36-36--72). The Chaska Town Course, which is also being used for the stroke play portion of the tournament, measures 6,753 yards (par 35-36--71). With an average score of 78.70, Hazeltine played more than four strokes harder than Chaska (74.37). Of the top 45 scores on day one, 38 came on the Chaska Town Course.
Sophomore Jon McLean, competing at the U.S. Amateur for the second consecutive year, is tied for 12th place after a 1-under round of 70 at the Chaska Town Course. He opened with a bogey, but made just one more and tacked on three birdies the rest of the way. McLean's tournament will continue Tuesday at 8:10 a.m. at Hazeltine.
Making his Amateur debut, sophomore Robby Ormand (Austin, Texas) recorded a solid even-par 71 at Chaska. After a round that featured 13 pars, he resides in a share of 19th place. Ormand tees off Tuesday morning at 8:10 on Hazeltine's No. 10.
Playing in his third career U.S. Amateur, sophomore Tom Miles began with a 2-over-par score of 73 at Chaska. He bogeyed two of his first three holes, but recovered to land in a share of 67th place following day one. Miles will tee off at Hazeltine Tuesday at 12:15 p.m.
James Sacheck, who appeared in the 2005 U.S. Amateur, carded a round of 78 (+6) at Hazeltine. The Zionsville, Ind., product is tied for 175th place, but his score ranked 63rd among the 156 players who played the course on Monday. He will play round two at Chaska at 7:40 a.m.
Updated 9-hole scoring is available at the official site of the U.S. Amateur: www.usamateur.org.
After Tuesday's second round, the field will be cut to the 64 low amateurs. Those 64 players will then compete in a match play elimination tournament until Sunday's championship match. Three golfers in school history--J.J. Henry, Adam Rubinson and Killeen--advanced to the round of 16 at the Amateur.
Only the University of Kentucky, with five, has more players in the 312-player field than TCU. In addition to the current TCU players, former Frog golfer Charlie Stevens, an All-America selection in 1992, is tied for 19th after a 71 at Chaska.