Medalist Gets Bounced at US Amateur


Chris Mundorf, the medalist from the stroke- play portion of the U.S. Amateur, got bounced from the championship Wednesday when Greg Earnhardt upset the 23-year-old, 1-up. Earnhardt had to play two playoff holes Wednesday morning just to qualify for the match-play segment of the 101st U.S. Amateur Championship at East Lake Golf Club.
Mundorf matched the 18-hole record for a U.S. Amateur with a nine-under-par 63 on Tuesday but missed the green long with his tee shot at the long par- three 18th on Wednesday and lost the match.
The match, the final one of the first day of match play, was all-square until the 14th when Mundorf won the hole with a birdie three. The players halved the 15th but Earnhardt won the next two holes thanks to bogeys by Mundorf, giving him a 1-up lead with one hole to play.
Earnhardt and Mundorf halved the 18th with pars as Mundorf was able to save par but it was too late as Earnhardt will move on to face Robert Hamilton, a 3 & 2 winner over Andrew Svoboda, in the second round.
The defending U.S. Amateur champion Jeff Quinney advanced with a 4 &3 win over former Arizona State teammate Chez Reavie. He will square off with Walker Cup teammate D.J. Trahan on Thursday.
'He hits it pretty far and he's pretty aggressive,' said Quinney, referring to his opponent on Thursday. 'So I'm going to have to make some birdies to beat him.'
Quinney is looking to become only the fourth player since World War II to successfully defend his title, joining Harvie Ward, Jr. (1955-56), Jay Sigel (1982-83) and Tiger Woods, who won three in row from 1994-1996.
Quinney's runner-up last year, James Driscoll also moved on Wednesday but it took him a little longer than expected. He needed 19 holes to best 43- year-old Jay Childs, who competed in his first U.S. Amateur in 21 years.
On the 19th hole, Childs found the right rough off the tee while Driscoll blew a 315-yard drive down the fairway. Childs' second shot missed the green short and left and then he flew his chip 15 feet past the hole. Driscoll wedged his approach shot on to the putting surface and collected his par, while Childs missed his par save.
'I could just tell on the first tee that he was the kind of player that could sneak up on you and the kind of guy you never heard of but could sneak up and do some crazy things at the end of the match -- like I was expecting him to chip in,' said Driscoll, who will face Casey Yates in the second round. 'I know hes played a long time and has a lot of experience. But, I cant even compare to last years match so Im not going to try. But, I am just glad to be playing (Thursday).'
Among the other morning winners were; 2000 quarterfinalist Jerry Courville and Dan Summerhays, who is the youngest player remaining in the field at 17 years of age.
Both the second and third rounds will be contested on Thursday, culminating in a 36-hole final on Sunday. Upper Bracket
Greg Earnhardt, Greensboro, N.C. (144) def. Chris Mundorf, Raleigh, N.C. (134), 1 up
Robert Hamilton, Carmichael, Calif. (141) def. Andrew Svoboda, Stamford, Conn. (141), 3 and 2
Scott Abbott, Dallas, Texas (143)def. Paul Simson, Raleigh, N.C. (139), 4 and 3
Daniel Ozley, Birmingham, Ala. (143) def. Steve Sokol, Oxford, Conn. (140), 1 up
Brooks Kelly, Sierra Vista, Ariz. (143) def. Oliver Wilson, England (137), 2 up.
Daniel Summerhays, Farmington, Utah (142) def. Michael Carlisle, Aiken, S.C. (141), 1 up
Jerry Courville, Milford, Conn. (137) def. Craig Steinberg, Los Angeles, Calif. (143), 3 and 2
Billy Harvey, Las Vegas, Nev. (142) def. Matt Hendrix, Aiken, S.C. (141), 3 and 1
James Driscoll, Brookline, Mass. (136) def. Jay Childs, Kennesaw, Ga. (143), 19 holes
Casey Yates, Fouke, Ark. (142) def. Chris Wisler, Dover, Del. (141), 4 and 3
Taichiro Kiyota, Japan (143) def. Brock Mackenzie, Yakima, Wash. (138), 1 up
Sandy Horacek, Los Angeles, Calif. (142) def. Atsushi Takase, Japan (141), 2 and 1
Nick Watney, Fresno, Calif. (136) def. Cameron Yancey, Blackstone, Va. (143), 4 and 2
Nicholas Thompson, Coral Springs, Fla.(141) def. Scott Hailes, West Bountiful, Utah (142), 2 and 1
Nick Cassini, Athens, Ga. (143) def. Ben Portie, Westminster, Colo. (138), 4 and 3
Manuel Merizalde, Colombia (142) def. John Robertson, Olympia, Wash.(141), 3 and 2
Lower Bracket
Robert Godfrey, Clemson, S.C. (135) def. Scott Feaster, Columbia, S.C. (144), 5 and 4
Brian Nosler, Lake Oswego, Ore. (141) def. Brian Quackenbush, Fairfax, Va. (141), 1 up
Jamie Elson, England (139) def. Brad Morris, Clay City, Ky. (143), 5 and 4
Michael Webb, Elberton, Ga. (142) def. Mike Plate, Ogallala, Neb. (140), 7 and 6
John Engler, Augusta, Ga. (136) def. Alan Morgan, Lake Charles, La. (143), 19 holes
Kris Mikkelsen, Woodstock, Ga. (142) def. David Griffiths, England (141), 5 and 4
D.J. Trahan, Inman, S.C. (137) def. Scott Wingfield, Las Vegas, Nev. (143), 4 and 2
Jeff Quinney, Eugene, Ore. (142)def. Chez Reavie, Mesa, Ariz. (141), 4 and 3.
Michael Sims, Bermuda (135) def. Steve Christophel, Vacaville, Calif. (143), 23 up
Simon Nash, Australia (142) def. Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland (141), 3 and 2
John Carlson, Bagley, Minn. (143) def. Mike McCoy, West Des Moines, Iowa (138), 21 holes
Ryan Blaum, Coral Gables, Fla. (142) def. Wayne Raath, South Africa (140), 1 up
Camilo Villegas, Colombia (136) def. Richard McEvoy, England (143), 1 up
Andy Doeden, Fargo, N.Dak. (142) def. Jay Morgan, Choctaw, Okla. (141), 2 and 1.
Chris Nallen, Hackettstown, N.J. (143) def. Lucas Glover, Greenville, S.C. (138), 20 holes
Bubba Dickerson, Hilliard, Fla. (141) def. Steve Paramore, Ashland, Ohio (142), 6 and 5Pairings for Thursday's second round of match play:
Upper Bracket

7:30 a.m. - Greg Earnhardt, Greensboro, N.C. (144) vs. Robert Hamilton,
Carmichael, Calif. (141)
7:40 a.m. - Scott Abbott, Dallas, Texas (143) vs. Daniel Ozley,
Birmingham, Ala. (143)
7:50 a.m. - Brooks Kelly, Sierra Vista, Ariz. (143) vs. Daniel Summerhays,
Farmington, Utah (142)
8:00 a.m. - Jerry Courville, Milford, conn. (137) vs. Billy Harvey, Las
Vegas, Nev. (142)
8:10 a.m. - James Driscoll, Brookline, Mass. (136) vs. Casey Yates, Fouke,
Ariz. (142)
8:20 a.m. - Taichiro Kiyota, Japan (143) vs. Sandy Horacek, Los Angeles,
Calif. (142)
8:30 a.m. - Nick Watney, Fresno, Calif. vs. Nicholas Thompson, Coral
Springs, Fla. (141)
8:40 a.m. - Nick Cassini, Athens, Ga. (143) vs. Manuel Merizalde, Colombia
Lower Bracket
8:50 a.m. - Robert Godfrey, Clemson, S.C. (135) vs. Brian Nosler, Lake
Oswego, Ore. (141)
9:00 a.m. - Jamie Elson, England (139) vs. Michael Webb, Elberton, Ga.
9:10 a.m. - John Engler, Augusta, Ga. (136) vs. Kris Mikkelsen, Woodstock,
Ga. (142)
9:20 a.m. - D.J. Trahan, Inman, S.C. (137) vs. Jeff Quinney, Eugene, Ore.
9:30 a.m. - Michael Sims, Bermuda (135 vs. Simon Nash, Australia (142)
9:40 a.m. - John Carlson, Bagley, Minn. (143) vs. Ryan Blaum, Coral
Gables, Fla. (142)
9:50 a.m. - Camilo Villegas, Colombia (136) vs. Andy Doeden, Fargo, N.D.
10:00 a.m. - Chris Nalen, Hackettstown, N.J. (143) vs. Bubba Dickerson,
Hillard, Fla. (141)