106th US Amateur Set to Get Underway


The 106th U.S. Amateur gets underway Monday at Hazeltine National G.C. in Chaska, Minnesota.
The field of 312 golfers will start out with two days of stroke play with before the field being reduced to the top 64 and then began the match play portion of the event. All matches are 18 holes except the final match. The 36-hole championship final match is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 22.
The first two days, play will be held at both Hazeltine National Golf Club as well as The Chaska Town Course. Robert Trent Jones designed Hazeltine National, which opened in 1959 and Arthur Hills designed the Chaska Town Course, which opened in 1997.
Here are a few storylines:
Jerry Michals, 55, of Carlsbad, Calif., will be the oldest player in the field. He was the medalist at Redlands (Calif.) C.C. on July 24, shooting 136. He played in the 1989 and 1990 U.S. Amateur. Tends to his fathers orange grove 100 miles away from his home every week and claims they are the best naval oranges in California.
Buddy Alexander, 53, of Gainesville, Fla., is the only past U.S. Amateur champion to play in the 2006 Amateur. He will be playing in his 19th U.S. Amateur. He won the Amateur 20 years ago in 1986 at Shoal Creek in Birmingham, Ala., and is also the golf coach at the University of Florida.
Michael Thompson, 21, of Tucson, Ariz., played college golf at Tulane and was Conference USAs Freshman of the Year in 2004 and an all-league pick in 2005. However, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Tulane eliminated the mens golf program and Thomas was left looking for a place to play his college golf. He has enrolled at Alabama and will be playing in his third U.S. Amateur.
Twin brothers Derek and Daryl Fathauer, 20, of Jensen Beach, Fla., both play golf for the University of Louisville. Derek advanced to the round of 16 at this years U.S. Amateur Public Links and Daryl advanced to the second round of the 2004 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. Both competed in the 2003 U.S. Amateur Championship at Oakmont.
Michael McGowan, 15, of Southern Pines, N.C., qualified at the Charlotte, N.C., sectional qualifying site. He is the son of Champions Tour player Pat McGowan.
Bradley Shigezawa, 14, of Honolulu, Hawaii, won the 2006 OJGA Pearl Junior Open 13/14 division and is the youngest player in the field.
There are four current members of the Duke Mens golf team in the field this year. Andrew Giuliani, 20, of New York, N.Y., will be a sophomore. Michael Quagliano, 19, of Glen Arbor, N.Y., and Michael Schachner, 20, of Libertyville, Ill., will both be juniors. Jake Grodzinsky, 21, of Cornville, Ariz., will be a senior in the fall.
Giuliani won the 2005 Metropolitan Golf Association stroke play championship. He is also the son of former Mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani.
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