TCU's McLean cruises into second round at U.S. Amateur
Aug. 23, 2006
CHASKA, Minn. - TCU sophomore golfer Jon McLean was dominant in a first-round triumph at the 106th U.S. Amateur Championship, earning a 7 and 5 win to move into round of 32. McLean recorded was the largest victory margin among the 32 first-round matches at Hazeltine National Golf Course.
McLean led wire-to-wire against University of New Mexico junior Jon Sauer after claiming victories on the first three holes by virtue of pars. Birdies on Nos. 4 and 7 gave the Weston, Fla., product a 5-hole bulge through just seven holes. Of the 13 holes the duo played, McLean won eight, halved four and lost just one.
In Thursday's second round, he will face Dustin Johnson, a senior at Coastal Carolina University and a first-team All-America selection in 2006. The match is slated to begin at 8:10 a.m. (CDT). The winner of the match will then play in the round of 16 at 1:30 p.m. Live scoring of both matches will be available on www.usamateur.org, while The Golf Channel will provide third-round television coverage from 3-5 p.m.
Ormand, a native of Austin, Texas, suffered a 4 and 3 loss to Charlotte junior Andrew DiBitetto. Ormand, who was playing in the Amateur for the first time, lost the first two holes and was never able to recover. Ormand's 15-foot birdie putt on No. 15 to win the hole and extend the match rolled just past the left edge of the cup to seal the match.
"I learned how to play a really tough golf course and hopefully I'll take that back with me and come back better next year," Ormand told The Golf Channel. "Just being here was phenomenal. Everybody who wants to be here, just start grinding, because once you're here, it's worth it."
Three golfers in school history--J.J. Henry, Adam Rubinson and J.J. Killeen--have previously advanced as far as the round of 16 at the U.S. Amateur Championship. This marked the first time in school history that two current Horned Frog golfers reached the match play in the same year.
Established in 1895, the Amateur Championship is the oldest golf championship in this country. Previous winners of the prestigious tournament include: Booby Jones (5 times), Tiger Woods (3 times), Jack Nicklaus (2 times), Arnold Palmer and Phil Mickelson.