|USGA photo of Chambers Bay - click to enlarge|
|David accepts runner-up silver medal from USGA|
|David Chung loses 4 & 2 in finals - click to enlarge|
That lead proved to be enough in the end despite David's cutting the lead to 2 up after 29 holes. David's crucial 7-foot eagle putt on the 30th hole slid by and his birdie was then matched by Uihlein's birdie putt from 5 feet. A long birdie putt by Uihlein on the 32nd hole meant he was 3 up with 4 to go.
Semi-finals Match Play (8/28) - David Chung moves into the 36-hole finals of the US Amateur with a brilliant 1 up win over defending champion Beyong-Hun An, an incoming freshman at Cal. The win guarantees David a spot in next year's Masters and US Open. David was 4-under par after 6 holes but found himself 3 down as An started 6-under over that same stretch. A birdie on #7 cut the deficit to 2 down but after 9 holes, David was 3-down.
Solid play on the back nine featuring a crucial par-saving putt on 13 and a brilliant flop-shot on 14 to again save par moved David 1 up after 16 holes. An drained a clutch 8-footer for par on 17 to square the match headed to hole 18. After both hit solid drives, An pushed his 2nd into a bunker while David hit his long iron onto the left side of the green some 45 feet away.
An's bunker lie was very difficult and he blasted long more than 50 feet away and faced a very tough uphill/sidehill putt. An's first putt drifted hard right to 15 feet while David's long putt was beautifully rolled to within 2.5 feet. After An's putt was missed, David's winning putt was conceded.
|David Chung after winning semi-final match 1 up|
In the 36-hole finals David will face top-ranked amateur Peter Uihlein, a junior at Oklahoma State. The match will be televised on NBC starting at 1 pm Pacific time.
|David Chung wins semi-finals 1 up - click to enlarge|
Quarter-finals Match Play (8/27) - David Chung advances to the semi-finals of the 110th US Amateur after his 1-up win over NCAA champion Scott Langley. With David holding a 2-up lead going into 17, Langley birdied to force a final hole. After David laid up on the par 5 18th, Langley reached the green in two. From a tough, downhill lie, David wedged it to about 12 feet while Langley ran his long birdie putt about 9 feet past. The match ended when David made his clutch birdie putt. The hole-by-hole scorecard is below. Interview with David after the round.
Next up is a match with defending champion, Byeong-Hun An of Korea, who will be a freshman at Cal this year. The winners of semi-final matches is guaranteed a spot in the Masters next Spring.
|Chung wins quarterfinal 2 & 1 vs Scott Langley -- click to enlarge|
|David Chung in quarterfinal win 1 up over Scott Langley|
|David's tee shot on 3 - USGA photo|
With many holes of the round of 16 televised the players battled high winds as David made several difficult up and downs to keep his slim lead. A solid par 4 on the tough 17th closed out the match. In the post match interview David said the turning point was his winning par on hole #7. See the details below by clicking on the scorecards.
|Chung wins 2 & 1 in Rnd of 16 over Brad Benjamin - click to enlarge|
|Chung wins 4 & 3 in Rnd of 32 over Skip Berkmeyer - click to enlarge|
|Bramlett on 6 - USGA photo|
|Bramlett wins 1 up in round of 32 over Tyler Sheppard - click to enlarge|
|Bramlett loses 1 down in round of 16 to Jed Dirksen - click to enlarge|
Match Play (8/25) - Joseph Bramlett wins his match 4 & 3 while David Chung also wins 3 & 2 as both advance to the round of 32. Both played their rounds well under par --- click on the scoring below to enlarge.
|Bramlett wins 4 & 3 in round of 64 - Click to enlarge|
|Chung wins 3 & 2 in round of 64 - Click to enlarge|
The match play bracket gives the players, tee times and of course results. Two Stanford golfers remain from the 6 who had qualified for the US Amateur. David Chung plays Mike McCoy from Iowa at 9:10 am while Joseph Bramlett plays Mike Miller of Brewster, NY at 11:40.
Round 2 (8/24) - There are two Stanford golfers moving into match play as one of the low 64 players remaining after the 2nd round of stroke play. Joseph Bramlett ('10) with 72-71 tied for 7th and David Chung 75-69 tied for 13th as both easily move on to match play. Steve Ziegler with 78-73 tied for 94th, Sihwan Kim with 76-80 toed for 180th, Cameron Wilson with 72-87 tied for 233rd and George Downing ('03) with 85-75 tied for 247th.
Round 1 (8/23) - There is work to be done after round 1 for players to move on to match play. Wilson leads at even par (T24) followed by Bramlett at +1 (T41), Chung and Kim at +4 (T123), Ziegler at +7 (T188) and Downing at +7 after 9 holes. Only the low 64 players after round 2 will continue into match play.
Pre-Tournament Qualifying and Background Information:
Chung qualified and has had a superb summer with wins at the prestigious Western Amateur and Porter Cup after competing for the US in the Palmer Cup vs Europe at Royal Port Rush GC in Northern Ireland. Kim and Wilson qualified as well and have also enjoyed solid summer results. Ziegler was exempt based on his quarter-final result in 2009 and Bramlett was exempt after qualifying for the US Open this year. Downing also qualified.
The format for the event is two rounds of medal play where the low 64 are determined, followed by match play. The huge field of 312 players are split playing on two courses, the primary host course of Chambers Bay and a second course, the PNGA Home Course nearby. All match play rounds will be played at Chambers Bay. The official US Amateur website provides complete scoring, stories and photos of both the course and competitors.