Last Updated on Thursday, 19 August 2010 08:16 Thursday, 19 August 2010 07:44
Oakville, Ont. (Golf Canada) –Fourteen Canadians will join many of the world’s best amateur golfers as they grace the fairways of Chambers Bay in University Place, WA., to compete at the United States Golf Association’s (USGA’s) 110th U.S. Amateur from August 23-29, 2010.
The talented Canadian contingent will look to add their name to the championship’s Havemeyer Cup and become only the third Canadian ever to win the U.S. Amateur title.
Canadian Golf Hall of Fame members C. Ross (Sandy) Somerville of London, Ont. and Gary Cowan of Kitchener, Ont. are the lone Canucks to claim the U.S. Amateur title.
Somerville became the first Canadian to win the title in 1932 and Cowan was a two-time U.S. Amateur champ, earning victories in 1966 and 1971.
Leading Canada’s contingent in the 312 player field includes Team Canada members Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C., and Eugene Wong of North Vancouver, B.C., and Development Squad members Albin Choi and Brandon Ng of Toronto.
Taylor, a recent University of Washington grad, earned his exemption by finishing as the low amateur at the 2009 U.S. Open Championship in Farmington, NY.
Wong, the 2010 Jack Nicklaus Award recipient, finished as runner-up last week at the 106th Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship in London, Ont., and will be competing at his first U.S. Amateur Championship.
Choi, who won the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship last week, and Ng, the 2009 Canadian Juvenile Boys Champion, will also be competing at their first U.S. Amateur Championship next week.
The U.S. Amateur, the oldest USGA championship, was first played in 1895 at Newport Golf Club in Rhode Island. The event is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.
Many of the great names of professional golf, such as Gene Littler, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lanny Wadkins, Craig Stadler, Jerry Pate, Mark O'Meara, Hal Sutton, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods have won the U.S. Amateur title.
Play at the 110th U.S Amateur will start on Monday and Tuesday with 36-hole medal play qualifying. The top 64 players will advance to match play. The final match will take place Sunday August 29, 2010.
Pairings, live scoring and photos for the U.S. Men’s Amateur are available online at www.usamateur.org .
The following fourteen Canadians will be competing at the 110th playing of the U.S. Amateur Championship: Kevin Carrigan, Victoria, B.C. Albin Choi, Toronto, Ont. Jamie Core, Montreal, Que. Brock Crosson, Edmonton, Alta. Mackenzie Hughes, Dundas, Ont. Brad Larente, Cambridge, Ont. Jay Linquist, Drayton Valley, Alta. Brandon Ng, Toronto, Ont. Jean-Philippe Paiement, Mont Laurier, Que. Louis-Alexandre Pitre, Boischatel, Que. Cory Renfrew, Victoria, B.C. Nick Taylor, Abbotsford, B.C. Darren Wallace, Langley, B.C. Eugene Wong, North Vancouver, B.C.
For more information about Team Canada or to make a donation towards the development of Canada’s future golf stars, please visit www.golfcanada.ca/teamcanada .