Pan, Williams Earn Top-10 Stroke Play Finishes At U.S. Am
Aug. 14, 2012
CHERRY HILLS, Colo. -- Behind the day's low round of 5-under 65, Husky sophomore-to-be Cheng-Tsung Pan ended up tied for second in the two-round stroke play portion of the U.S. Amateur Championship at Cherry Hills Country Club and CommonGround Golf Course in Cherry Hills, Colo. on Tuesday.
Pan entered the clubhouse with the morning wave and found himself tied at the top of the leaderboard. The All-American's 36-hole total of 7-under-par 134 didn't stand through the entire day as Alabama's Bobby Wyatt birdied two of his last three holes to pass Pan and take medalist honors by two strokes.
Pan's 65 on Tuesday included eight birdies against three bogeys at the par-70 CommonGround course in Aurora, the companion course for stroke play.
Chris Williams, the current No. 1 ranked amateur in the world, shot 2-over 73 at the par-71 Cherry Hills CC on Tuesday but still ended up 3-under 138 overall and tied for seventh.
The seventh-place stroke play finish could go a long way in helping the two-time first team All-American finish the week as the No. 1 ranked player to earn exemptions in the 2013 U.S. Open and Open Championship. Wyatt is currently ranked 7th in the world and is the only other top-10 amateur to finish ahead of Williams. Jordan Spieth, the No. 3 ranked amateur in the world, tied with Williams for seventh.
A pair of other Huskies were also in the field, but failed to advance to match play action on Wednesday. Gerrit Chambers shot 1-under 69 on Tuesday, but could not overcome a 6-over 77 on Monday. He tied for 100th at +5.
Tyler Salsbury, an incoming UW freshman from Enumclaw, failed to make the cut after shooting 77 and 79. He ended up +15 overall.
The 2012 U.S. Amateur Championship was whittled down from a starting field of 312 players after 36 holes of stroke play. The top 64 players advanced to six rounds of match play, starting Wednesday at the par-71 Cherry Hills Country Club. The championship will be decided on Sunday with a 36-hole final between the last two men standing.