|David with teammate Wilson Bowen -- click to enlarge|
With his teammate Wilson Bowen caddying, rising junior David Chung wins the Western Amateur at Skokie CC in Glencoe, Illinois. The Western Amateur is considered the 2nd most important amateur championship in the US behind only the US Amateur, knocking off 4 Pac-10 golfers in the process. This impressive win comes one week after David won the Porter Cup in NY, probably the 3rd most important amateur event.
Past champions of the Western Amateur have included Tiger Woods, Justin Leonard, Phil Mickelson, Hal Sutton, Curtis Strange, Ben Crenshaw, Andy North and Lanny Wadkins -- all major championship winners.
With this win David will jump to #2 in the world amateur rankings maintained by Golf Week. His Stanford teammates Andrew Yun (#18), Sihwan Kim (#36), Steve Ziegler (#69) and Cameron Wilson (#118) are all in the rankings as well.
In the finals David beat UCLA junior Gregor Main 2 & 1 on the strength of a 5-under round capped off by birdies on the 14th and 15th holes. To reach the afternoon finals he beat former ASU player Chan Kim, who will turn pro soon, in the semis on the 19th hole in the morning in a round with 5 birdies.
|The Finals Scorecard --- click to enlarge|
The official website has a complete summary of the event with match by match scoring. Here are a few comments from the official website about the final match:
|Photo by Western Amateur|
The day before David beat USC incoming freshman Jeffrey Kang 1-up and in the afternoon match beat ASU senior Scott Pinckney in 21 holes.
|David with Scott Pinckney --- click to enlarge|
|The complete bracket -- click to enlarge|
|Semi-final scorecard --- click to enlarge|
|Round of 16 scorecard --- click to enlarge|