Competitors: Douglas Hanzel (57, born Feb. 18,
1957), John Pate (54, born Oct. 18, 1959), Sean Knapp (52, born March 15,
1962), Michael McCoy (51, born Nov. 21, 1962), Don Bell (50, born April 24,
Competitors: Will Thomson (13, born Sept. 3,
2000), Kyosuke Hara (15, born Oct. 24, 1998)
Age of Field: 22.00
Field – There are 23 countries
represented at the 2014 U.S. Amateur.
with players in the field – United States (269), Australia (7), Canada (7),
England (5), South Africa (3), Spain (3), Scotland (2), Chile (1), People’s
Republic of China (1), Chinese Taipei (1), Colombia (1), France (1), Germany
(1), India (1), Republic of Korea (1), Malaysia (1), Mexico (1), The
Netherlands (1), New Zealand (1), Peru (1), Singapore (1), Wales (1) and Zimbabwe (1).
States Represented – There are 42 states represented
at the 2014 U.S. Amateur: California (45), Texas (22), Florida (17), Georgia
(15), Ohio (13), North Carolina (12), Pennsylvania (12), South Carolina (11),
Illinois (9), Minnesota (8), Tennessee (8), Maryland (7), New York (7),
Massachusetts (6), Michigan (6), Alabama (5), Arizona (4), Arkansas (4),
Colorado (4), Connecticut (4), Mississippi (3), Missouri (4), New Jersey (4),
Indiana (3), Nebraska (3), New Mexico (3), Oklahoma (3), Oregon (3), Hawaii
(2), Iowa (2), Kentucky (2), Louisiana (2), Montana (2), Rhode Island (2), Utah
(2), Virginia (2), Washington (2), New Hampshire (2), Idaho (1), Kansas (1),
Nevada (1) and Wisconsin (1).
Champions (7): Douglas Hanzel (2013 Senior
Amateur), Michael McCoy (2013
Mid-Amateur), Byron Meth (2014 Amateur Public Links), Jordan Niebrugge (2013
Amateur Public Links), Scottie Scheffler (2013 Junior Amateur), Nathan Smith
(2003, 2009, 2010, 2012 Mid-Amateur), William Zalatoris (2014 Junior Amateur).
Runners-Up (4): Doug Ghim (2014 Amateur Public
Links), Garrett Rank (2012 Mid-Amateur), Davis Riley (2013 and 2014 Junior
Amateur) and Bill Williamson (2013 Mid-Amateur).
U.S. Amateur Competitors (69): Bo
Andrews, Adam Ball, Brandon Baumgarten, Neil Bautista, Benjamin Baxter, Evan
Bowser, Julien Brun, Brian Campbell, Patrick Christovich, Wyndham Clark, Eli
Cole, Corey Conners, Christopher Crawford, Dylan Crowley, Bryson Dechambeau,
Andrew Dorn, J.D. Dornes, Alex Ellis, Peter French, Gavin Green, Gavin Hall,
Nick Hardy, Rico Hoey, Beau Hossler, Chris Houston, Theo Humphrey, Stewart
Jolly, Tee-k Kelly, Gus Lundquist, Tyler Macdonald, Joshua Martin, Brandon
Matthews, Andrew McCain, Denny McCarthy, Michael McCoy, Brandon McIver, Taylor Moore,
Matthew Nesmith, Jordan Niebrugge, Andrew Novara, Zachary Olsen, Cheng-Tsung
Pan, Joe Parkinson, Joey Petronio, Matt Pinizzotto, Rhys Pugh, Garrett Rank,
Seth Reeves, Davis Riley, Ryan Riley, Evan Russell, John Sawin, Xander
Schauffele, Scottie Scheffler, Oliver Schniederjans, Robby Shelton, T.J.
Shuart, Jordan Smith, Nathan Smith, Ryan Tetrault, Austen Truslow, Luke Vivolo,
Aaron Wise, Scott Wolfes, Gregory Yates, Cameron Young, Will Zalatoris, Ryan
Zech, Steven Zychowski
U.S. Open Competitors (7): Brian Campbell, Andrew Dorn,
Will Grimmer, Brandon McIver, Maverick McNealy, Robby Shelton, Hunter Stewart
British Open Competitors (2):
Cheng-Tsung Pan, Bradley Neil
U.S. Senior Open Competitors
(2): Douglas Hanzel, Michael McCoy
U.S. Amateur Public Links Competitors (27):
Andrej Bevins, Nathan Clark, Bryson Dechambeau, Zecheng Dou, Rigel Fernandes,
Michael Gellerman, Doug Ghim, Gavin Green, Rico Hoey, Sam Horsfield, Sean
Knapp, Andrew Lawson, Jay Lim, Thomas Lim, Jack Maguire, Brandon Matthews,
Andrew McCain, Byron Meth, Jordan Niebrugge, Garrett Rank, Ryann Ree, Austin Smotherman, Ryan
Tetrault, Ty Travis, Kyle Weldon, Scott Wolfes, Jonathan Woo
U.S. Junior Amateur Competitors (10):
Austin Connelly, Zecheng Dou, Dominic Foos, Will Grimmer, Sam Horsfield, Curtis
Luck, Davis Riley, Ryan Ruffels, Cameron Young, William Zalatoris
U.S. Senior Amateur Competitors (1):
Walker Cup Match Competitors (5):
Jordan Niebrugge, Rhys Pugh, Jordan Smith, Nathan Smith, Todd White
Bassler, 28, of Baltimore, Md., is the
First Tee of Baltimore’s program director and is leading the development of a
youth facility at Forest Park Golf Course. Bassler is playing in his third USGA
championship, having competed at the 2008 U.S. Amateur and 2009 USGA Men’s
State Team. He has made more of a commitment to playing this year and advanced
to U.S. Open sectional qualifying. Bassler also reached the Maryland State
Amateur semifinals at Baltimore Country Club.
Ball, 20, of Glen Allen, Va., reached
the quarterfinals of the 2013 U.S. Amateur and lost to eventual champion
Matthew Fitzpatrick, 4 and 3. A rising junior at Virginia Commonwealth
University, Ball led the Rams to their first Atlantic 10 Conference championship
in 2013-14 and earned all-conference recognition. He is a four-time Virginia
State Golf Association (VSGA) junior champion.
Bell, 50, of Port Orange, Fla., is a
senior real estate specialist who is playing in his second USGA championship.
After graduating from Emory University with a degree in mathematics, Bell
became a professional golfer. He played in Scandinavia for five years and twice
won the Norwegian Order of Merit. He also competed in South Africa, Europe and
Florida and played in the PGA Tour’s B.C. Open. He was the runner-up at this
year’s Florida State Amateur Public Links Championship.
Bowser, 19, of Dearborn, Mich., qualified
for his third U.S. Amateur by surviving a 4-for-2 playoff at the Southfield,
Mich., sectional. Bowser, a 2014 all-Horizon League selection as a sophomore at
Oakland University, had an eagle-birdie finish to get into the playoff at Plum
Hollow Country Club. Bowser’s mother passed away in 2011 after battling Lou
Gehrig’s disease. He was her primary caregiver.
Brun, 22, of France, is competing in his
third consecutive U.S. Amateur. A senior-to-be at Texas Christian University,
Brun earned first-team All-America honors for the third straight year, the
first TCU player to accomplish the feat. He won the 2014 Big 12 Conference
title and was the NCAA San Antonio Regional medalist. He played in this year’s
PGA Tour Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
Burns, 18, of Shreveport, La., is a
rising senior on the Calvary Baptist Academy golf team. In 2013, Burns won his
second straight Division III state high school title and led Calvary to its
fifth consecutive state crown. Burns, who lost in a playoff to Will Murphy at
this year’s Sunnehanna Amateur, volunteers for the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue
Mission and has raised funds for Noah Strickland, whose father was injured in
Afghanistan. His mentor, David Toms, won the 2001 PGA Championship at Atlanta
Churchman, 19, of Abilene, Texas, is playing
in his first USGA championship after earning medalist honors at the Amarillo,
Texas, sectional qualifier. Churchman, a rising sophomore at the University of
North Texas, played in 10 tournaments while maintaining a 4.0 grade point
average in 2013-14. His mother, Lacretia Grant, was a golfer at Texas Tech
University and is a fourth-grade teacher. Churchman, who is self-taught, is an
avid bow hunter and bass fisherman.
Conners, 22, of Canada, advanced to last
year’s U.S. Amateur semifinals and will be competing in his third Amateur. He
was named the 2013-14 Mid-American Conference (MAC) co-player of the year as a
member of the Kent State University team. Conners, a three-time all-MAC
selection, received the 2014 Merle Wagoner Award as the school’s outstanding
male athlete. He also competed for Canada in the 2012 World Amateur Team
Championship. Conners, who was the runner-up to Will Cromie in the 2014 North
& South Amateur at Pinehurst No. 2, played in this year’s PGA Tour RBC
Crapo, 23, of Kaysville, Utah, is playing
in his first USGA championship after carding a pair of 70s to earn one of two
spots at the Park City, Utah, sectional qualifier. Crapo, a rising senior at
Weber State University, did not see a golf course for two years after his
freshman season while serving a Latter-Day Saints (LDS) mission in Brazil.
Crapo, who is fluent in Portuguese, tied for 24th at the 2014 America Sky
Conference Championship and qualified for match play at last month’s Utah State
Dechambeau, 20, of Clovis, Calif., is playing
in his seventh USGA championship and fourth consecutive U.S. Amateur. He
reached this year’s U.S. Amateur Public Links quarterfinals and has advanced to
match play in all six previous USGA events played. A junior-to-be at Southern
Methodist University, Dechambeau was named second-team All-America, won the
American Athletic Conference title and was ninth at the NCAA Championships. He
wears a Ben Hogan-style cap while playing golf.
Dou, 17, of the People’s Republic of
China, is playing in his first U.S. Amateur but has competed in three Junior
Amateurs and three Amateur Public Links. He advanced to the Round of 16 at the
Junior Amateur and Amateur Public Links in 2013. Dou became the youngest player
to make the cut in the European Tour’s Volvo China Open (age 16) and eventually
tied for 33rd.
Drogosch, 19, of Windermere, Fla., is
competing in his first USGA championship after shooting rounds of 67 and 66 at
the Winter Garden, Fla., sectional qualifier. Drogosch, a rising sophomore at
the University of Kansas, never lost a swim race in any stroke (freestyle,
breaststroke, butterfly) and still holds youth records at Meadowbrook Country
Club in Northville, Mich. His brother, Garret, is a member of the track and
cross country teams at Wake Forest University.
Echavarria, 20, of Colombia, won this year’s
Mexican Amateur by 12 strokes after carding a final-round 65. Echavarria, a
junior-to-be at the University of Arkansas, reached the semifinals of the 2011
and 2012 U.S. Junior Amateurs. He finished sixth at the 2014 NCAA Columbia
Regional. His older brothers Andres (Florida) and Miguel (Michigan) both played
Ellis, 22, of Austin, Texas, will play in
his third U.S. Amateur after recently completing his senior year at the College
of Charleston. Ellis, who wears two gloves and uses a 10-finger grip, led
Charleston to the 2014 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) title. He led his
Westlake High team to a pair of Texas 5A state championships. He was the
individual state runner-up to Jordan Spieth in 2009.
Franklin, 22, of San Rafael, Calif., is
playing in his second U.S. Amateur. A senior-to-be at Oregon State University,
Franklin was the runner-up at this year’s Trans-Mississippi Championship and
reached the 2013 Northern California Golf Association (NCGA) Match-Play
semifinals. In high school, he collected golf equipment for U.S. troops in Iraq
and Afghanistan. His father, Mike, earned four volleyball letters at UCLA
(1972-75) and played on three NCAA championship teams.
Funk, 18, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.,
will play in his first USGA championship after finishing as co-medalist at the
Ocala, Fla., sectional qualifier. His father, Fred, won eight times on the PGA
Tour and has claimed three senior major titles, including the 2009 U.S. Senior
Open. Funk, who has caddied for his father on the Champions Tour, will be a
freshman at the University of Texas. He won the 2013 Florida Class 2A state
championship and was chosen St. Augustine Record Boys’ Golfer of the Year.
Green, 20, of Malaysia, advanced to the
Round of 32 at the 2012 and 2013 U.S. Amateurs. He was the youngest competitor
(age 13) in an Asian Tour event when he played in the Iskandor Johor Open.
Green is a rising senior at the University of New Mexico, where he was
second-team All-America and first-team all-Mountain West Conference in 2013-14.
In 2008, Green ran through a glass door in a freak accident and required 100
stitches to repair an injury to his nose.
Grimmer, 17, of Cincinnati, Ohio, qualified
for this year’s U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 and was the youngest competitor in
the field. Grimmer, who will be a senior at Mariemont High School and was the
2013 Ohio Division II state runner-up, reached the quarterfinals of the 2014
U.S. Junior Amateur. He carded an 11-under-par 59 in the 2013 North & South
Junior Amateur en route to a fourth-place finish at Pinehurst No. 1. His golf
instructor, Doug Martin, has played in five U.S. Opens.
Hall, 19, of Pittsford, N.Y., reached
the Round of 16 at the 2013 U.S. Amateur and qualified for the 2013 U.S. Open.
Hall made a hole-in-one during a practice round at Merion Golf Club. He earned
all-Big 12 Conference honors as a freshman at the University of Texas and was one
of three Longhorns to play in all of the team’s 13 events in 2013-14.
Hanzel, 57, of Savannah, Ga., is competing
in his 12th U.S. Amateur and is the oldest player in the field. A physician who
specializes in pulmonary critical care at Southeast Medical Group, Hanzel won
the 2013 U.S. Senior Amateur. In 2012, he made USGA history by becoming the
first player to qualify for match play at the Amateur, Mid-Amateur and Senior
Amateur in the same year. Hanzel, who wears an insulin pump to control diabetes,
was the low amateur in the 2012 and 2013 U.S. Senior Opens.
Hara, 15, of Honolulu, Hawaii, was the
medalist at the Mililani, Hawaii, sectional qualifier with rounds of 69 and 67.
Hara, the second-youngest player in this year’s U.S. Amateur field, was a
semifinalist at the 2013 Manoa Cup, Hawaii’s amateur match-play championship.
He won the 2014 HSGA Four-Ball title with partner Shawn Lu in March and the
2013 Turtle Bay Amateur. Hara, who has competed at two Callaway Junior World
championships, has studied karate for six years.
Hendricks, 18, of Tallahassee, Fla., was the
medalist with rounds of 71 and 66 at the Niceville, Fla., sectional qualifier
and is competing in his first USGA championship. Hendricks will be a senior at
Lawton Chiles High, where the golf program won last year’s Florida Class 3A,
District 2 title. Hendricks works with Extending A Hand Outreach to help the
homeless every month. He also volunteers with Red Hills Junior Golf Tour of
Horsfield, 17, of England, will play in his
second U.S. Amateur and has an impressive record in USGA championships. He has
advanced deep into match play at three Junior Amateurs, including this year’s
semifinals and last year’s quarterfinals. Horsfield has made match play in all
three Amateur Public Links played, including advancing to the Round of 16 in
2013. He won the 2013 Florida State Amateur by 11 strokes and 2013 Florida
Class 3A scholastic title, the first in his school’s history. Horsfield, who
has lived in Florida since age 5, has won three consecutive City of Orlando
Hossler, 19, of Mission Viejo, Calif., is
competing in his fourth U.S. Amateur. He advanced to the Round of 32 in 2011.
Hossler, who is a rising sophomore at the University of Texas, last month became
the eighth player to win consecutive Southern California Amateur Golf
Association (SCGA) championships. At 17 years and 3 months old, he became the
youngest player to make the cut at a U.S. Open since World War II, finishing in
a tie for 29th at The Olympic Club in San Francisco in 2012. Hossler recently
tied for second at the Porter Cup, shooting 65-68 over the final two rounds at
Niagara Falls Country Club.
Knapp, 52, of Oakmont, Pa., is playing in
his 14th U.S. Amateur after shooting rounds of 65-74 to earn one of two spots
at the DuBois, Pa., sectional qualifier. Knapp, who has competed in more than
40 USGA championships, lost to Tiger Woods, 2 and 1, in the 1995 Amateur and
was paired with Tom Watson in the third round of the 2012 U.S. Senior Open.
Knapp, a member of the Plum High School and Indiana (Pa.) University Hall of
Fames, is vice president of sales for Fuhrer’s, Inc., and serves as an
assistant basketball coach at Riverview High.
Leopold, 29, of Coventry, R.I., earned one
of two spots at the Lincoln, R.I., sectional qualifier and will play in his
fourth U.S. Amateur. Leopold reached the U.S. Amateur’s Round of 16 in 2011 and
2012. He defeated Michael Kim in match play at Erin Hills in 2011 and
eliminated Harris English at Cherry Hills Country Club the following year.
Leopold, who works for Barton Insurance Group, won his second Rhode Island
State Amateur in 2014, a 4-and-2 victory over Andrew Fiorenzano.
Lombard, 19, of South Africa, was the
runner-up (to Bradley Neil) at this year’s British Amateur. Lombard was the
first South African to reach the final since Trevor Immelman, in 1997. Lombard
adopted a red meat and vegetables diet that has helped him lose nearly 40
pounds. In 2011, Lombard shot a 64 at his country’s Amateur qualifier only
seven days after having the cast removed from a broken arm.
Matthews, 19, of DuPont, Pa., advanced to
the 2013 U.S. Amateur quarterfinals and lost to eventual runner-up Oliver Goss,
5 and 3. A rising junior at Temple University, Matthews earned first-team
all-American Athletic Conference honors. He tied for fourth at the 2014
McCain, 20, of New Port Richey, Fla., is
playing in his fifth USGA championship, including his third U.S. Amateur.
McCain, who recently lived for more than three years in Brisbane, Australia, is
coached by well-known instructor Sean Foley. McCain’s brother, Matthew, has
Down Syndrome and Andrew would like to create a foundation to help combat the
McCarthy, 21, of Rockville, Md., is playing
in his sixth consecutive U.S. Amateur and has made match play three times.
McCarthy, a rising senior at the University of Virginia, was a consensus
second-team All-America selection this year. He tied for sixth at the NCAA Championship
with a 54-hole score of 206 (4 under) and was the Atlantic Coast Conference
runner-up. McCarthy, who was chosen 2012 ACC freshman of the year, shot a
final-round 65 to tie for second at this year’s Porter Cup.
McCoy, 51, of Des Moines, Iowa, is
playing in his 40th USGA championship, including 14 U.S. Amateurs. McCoy won
the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur and became the second-oldest champion with an 8-and-6
victory over Bill Williamson at the Country Club of Birmingham (Ala.). He was
low amateur at this year’s U.S. Senior Open, finishing in a tie for 26th.
McCoy, an 11-time Iowa Golf Association player of the year, is a member of the
Iowa Golf Association Hall of Fame.
McNealy, 18, of Portola Valley, Calif.,
qualified for his first U.S. Open earlier this summer and is competing in his
first U.S. Amateur. McNealy, who attends Stanford University, was voted to the
2014 Pacific-12 Conference All-Freshman Team. He advanced to the 2012 U.S.
Junior Amateur quarterfinals and the Round of 32 last year. McNealy was a
defenseman for the San Jose Junior Sharks, an AAU ice hockey team that captured
two state titles. The son of Sun Microsystems co-founder Scott McNealy,
Maverick also currently interns for Wayin.com, a startup company in Denver.
Melnyk, 31, of Saint Simons Island, Ga.,
is playing in his first USGA championship after earning medalist honors at the
Moravia, Iowa, sectional qualifier. Melnyk, who played collegiately at Georgia,
is a sports representative for Wasserman Media Group and is a member of his
First Tee chapter’s board of directors. His father, Steve, won the 1969 U.S.
Amateur at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club, played in eight U.S. Opens and worked
for more than two decades as a network television golf announcer.
Meth, 21, of San Diego, won the 2014
U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, defeating Doug Ghim in 37 holes, in the
first championship match to feature co-medalists since 1929. A rising senior at
the University of the Pacific, Meth won the 2014 West Coast Conference
individual title by seven strokes. Meth, who is playing in his first U.S.
Amateur, competed in the 2011 Australian Open and 2011 Australian Masters.
Neil, 18, of Scotland, won the 2014
British Amateur by defeating Zander Lombard, 2 and 1, in the 36-hole final at
Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. Neil, who attended the Scottish Golf
Academy at age 12, became the first Scot to win the championship since 2004. He
was one of four amateurs to play in this year’s British Open and was paired with
2009 British Amateur champion Matteo Manassero. Neil is playing in his first
Niebrugge, 20, of Mequon, Wis., was a member of
the winning 2013 USA Walker Cup Team. He has twice been named honorable mention
All-America as a member of the Oklahoma State University team. Niebrugge had a
stellar 2013 campaign when he won the U.S. Amateur Public Links, Western
Amateur, Wisconsin State Amateur and Wisconsin State Match Play. He advanced to
the Drive, Chip and Putt national finals three times.
Novara, 20, of Murphysboro, Ill., is playing
in his second consecutive U.S. Amateur. A junior-to-be at Southern Illinois
University, Novara began playing golf just before high school after breaking
bones in both ankles the previous two summers. In seventh grade, he injured his
right ankle playing baseball and then fractured two bones in his left ankle the
following year while playing basketball. He got his cast off in late July and a
week later was on a golf course for the first time.
Pan, 22, of Chinese Taipei, is playing
in his seventh U.S. Amateur and has reached the quarterfinals twice. In his
first appearance in 2007, he became the youngest U.S. Amateur quarterfinalist
since Bob Jones at the age of 15. A three-time All-America selection and a
rising senior at the University of Washington, Pan became first Husky to play
in a British Open while still in school. He was one of four amateurs to play at
Royal Liverpool Golf Club last month.
Pate, 54, of Santa Barbara, Calif., is
playing in his 21st USGA championship, including his seventh U.S. Amateur,
after earning one of two spots in the Missoula, Mont., sectional qualifier with
a pair of 69s. Pate, who qualified for the 2013 U.S. Senior Open, made his last
U.S. Amateur appearance in 2001. His brother, Steve, won six times on the PGA
Tour and is now competing on the Champions Tour. A Merrill Lynch financial
advisor, John serves on the board of the First Tee Central Coast and has
coached baseball and basketball on the youth level.
Pugh, 20, of Wales, is playing in his
second U.S. Amateur after reaching the Round of 64 last year. Pugh was the
youngest member of the victorious 2011 Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup
Team and competed on the squad again in 2013. A senior-to-be at East Tennessee
State University, Pugh has earned all-Atlantic Sun Conference all-academic
honors twice. He played in the 2013 British Open and became the second Wales
native to win the Irish Amateur in 2011.
Rank, 26, of Canada, made the Round of 16
at this year’s U.S. Amateur Public Links, losing to eventual champion Byron
Meth, and was the runner-up at the 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur. Rank overcame a
cancer scare at age 23, giving him a new outlook on life. He is a minor-league
professional hockey referee in the Ontario Hockey League.
Reeves, 23, of Suwanee, Ga., is competing
in his third U.S. Amateur and advanced to the Round of 32 last year. Reeves,
who just finished his career at Georgia Tech, earned second-team All-America and
all-Atlantic Coast Conference recognition as a senior. He tied for sixth at the
NCAA Championship and made his second appearance on the ACC all-academic squad.
Reeves plays left-handed but writes right-handed.
Riley, 17, of Hattiesburg, Miss., earned
an exemption into U.S. Amateur as the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur runner-up. He
was also the runner-up in last year’s Junior Amateur and advanced to the Round
of 32 in 2012. He received the Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports Moment Award
for sportsmanship after assessing a self-imposed penalty in the 2013 Junior
Amateur final against Scottie Scheffler. Riley, a rising senior at Presbyterian
Christian, has been the MAIS (Mississippi Association of Independent Schools)
Class 3A medalist three of the last four years.
Riley, 33, of North Easton, Mass., is
playing in his second U.S. Amateur after earning one of three available spots
at the Bernardston, Mass., sectional qualifier. Riley played in his first U.S.
Amateur last year, qualifying on his first attempt. Riley, who has been the
golf coach at Norton High School for seven years and works in sales at
Officeland, played collegiately at Sacred Heart University and won the 2002
conference title. He holed a bunker shot on the 33rd hole to capture the 2011 Massachusetts
Ruffels, 16, of Australia, is playing in
his first U.S. Amateur and won this year’s Australian Junior Amateur and
Riversdale Cup. In 2013, Ruffels advanced to the Round of 32 at the U.S. Junior
Amateur. His parents, Ray and Anna-Maria, were both tennis professionals. Ray
won 16 doubles titles, including the 1977 Australian Open, and played on
Australia’s Davis Cup squad. Anna-Maria (Fernandez) captured five WTA doubles
titles. Ryan received his first cut-down club from Mark O’Meara when his
parents were in-house tennis pros at Isleworth Golf & Country Club in
Schauffele, 20, of San Diego, reached the
Round of 16 at last year’s U.S. Amateur (lost to eventual runner-up Oliver
Goss). Schauffele is a senior-to-be at San Diego State University and is a
three-time first-team all-Mountain West Conference performer. He won the 2014
California State Amateur by defeating Beau Hossler, 2 up, in the final and is a
two-time Southern California Amateur runner-up (2012, 2013). His father,
Stefan, was once an assistant golf professional in Hawaii.
Scheffler, 18, of Dallas, is playing in his
third U.S. Amateur after advancing to the quarterfinals last year.
Scheffler, the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur champion, tied for 22nd and made a
hole-in-one in the third round of the 2014 PGA Tour HP Byron Nelson
Championship. He also won his third consecutive Texas 4A state championship and
will enter the University of Texas in the fall. His older sister, Callie, is a
member of the Texas A&M University golf team.
Schniederjans, 21, of Powder Springs, Ga., is
playing in his third consecutive U.S. Amateur and reached the Round of 64 in
2012. Schniederjans was the 2014 NCAA individual runner-up, losing in a
three-hole playoff to Stanford’s Cameron Wilson. As a junior at Georgia Tech,
he was chosen first-team All-America by Golfweek and the GCAA, and voted 2014
Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year.
Segal, 43, of Santa Clarita, Calif., is
making his second U.S. Amateur appearance but first since 1993. Segal, who
caddies on the PGA Tour for Briny Baird and has also worked with Brandt Jobe,
has competed in three U.S. Mid-Amateurs. He advanced to the quarterfinals in
2012 and Round of 32 last year. Segal won the 2012 Burbank City Amateur by
eight strokes, including a final-round 65.
Shelton, 18, of Wilmer, Ala., is no
stranger to USGA championships, having advanced to the 2013 U.S. Amateur Public
Links quarterfinals. He also was a semifinalist at the 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur
and reached the Round of 32 at the 2012 U.S. Amateur. Shelton was named the
2014 Phil Mickelson National Freshman of the Year at the University of Alabama.
He led the Crimson Tide to the NCAA title and earned first-team All-America
honors. He won three consecutive Class 5A state high school championships.
Shuart, 31, of Coral Springs, Fla., is
playing in his 11th USGA championship after earning one of two spots at the
Hollywood, Fla., sectional qualifier. He has previously competed in three U.S.
Amateurs, five U.S. Mid-Amateurs and two U.S. Amateur Public Links. Shuart, who
is an independent golf sales representative, won his second Florida State
Amateur Public Links title this year. He played collegiately at Loyola
University in Baltimore.
Smith, 36, of Pittsburgh, is a four-time
U.S. Mid-Amateur champion (2003, 2009, 2010, 2012) and a member of three USA
Walker Cup Teams (2009, 2011, 2013). In 2013, Smith clinched the 14th point and
the Walker Cup Match with a 4-and-3 victory over Nathan Kimsey. When he won the
2003 Mid-Amateur, he became the youngest champion. In 2012, the financial
specialist became the first player to win four Mid-Amateurs. In 2007, he became
the first golfer to win the Western Pennsylvania Tournament of Champions, Mid-Amateur
and Amateur in the same year.
Smith, 21, of Turlock, Calif., is playing
in his first U.S. Amateur Championship. A senior-to-be at the University of
Southern California, Smith originally attended Cal-State Stanislaus, where he
earned Division II All-America recognition. Smith has solved a Rubik’s Cube in
92 seconds, runs the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds and is teaching himself to
play piano using YouTube videos.
Smits, 20, of The Netherlands, has lived
in five countries (Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, United States)
and is fluent in two languages (English, Indonesian). A rising senior at the
University of Nevada, Smits is playing in his first USGA championship after
earning one of three spots at the East Williston, N.Y., sectional qualifier. He
won this year’s Nevada State Amateur in a playoff.
Stewart, 21, of Nicholasville, Ky., is
competing in his third U.S. Amateur, having earned an exemption by qualifying
for the 2014 U.S. Open. A senior-to-be at Vanderbilt University, Stewart earned
all-Southeast Region honors and was fourth at the NCAA San Antonio Regional. He
also played in this year’s PGA Tour RBC Heritage, held at Harbour Town Golf
Links, and missed the cut by only one stroke.
Svensson, 20, of Canada, was named the 2014
NCAA Division II Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year. He led Barry
University to its second consecutive NCAA championship. Svensson, a rising
junior, won seven tournaments and was selected first-team All-America and
Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year. He played in the PGA Tour’s 2013
and 2014 RBC Canadian Opens.
Thomson, 13, of Pittsford, N.Y., is the
youngest competitor in U.S. Amateur history and is playing in his first USGA
championship (Ryota Ito was 14 when he competed in 2004). Thomson, an
eighth-grader at Barker Road Middle School, shot rounds of 68 and 66 to earn
medalist honors at the Mendon, N.Y., sectional qualifier. Thomson, who plays on
the Pittsford-Mendon High School team, won the 2013 New York State Boys’ Amateur
by 10 strokes and competed at this year’s Porter Cup.
White, 46, of Spartanburg, S.C., helped
the USA to a 17-9 victory in the 2013 Walker Cup Match at the National Golf
Links of America, in Southampton, N.Y. The high school history teacher secured
the team’s 13th point by defeating Rhys Pugh, 4 and 3. He advanced to the
semifinals of the 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur. White, who was named the 2012 South
Carolina Golf Association player of the year, has played in five U.S. Amateurs
and four USGA Men’s State Team Championships.
Wolfes, 21, of St. Simons Island, Ga., was
the co-medalist with rounds of 68 and 66 at the Fernandina Beach, Fla.,
sectional qualifier. Wolfes advanced to the Round of 32 last year. He reached
the 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur quarterfinals, losing to Justin Thomas, 2 and 1. A
rising senior at Georgia Southern University, Wolfes led the Eagles to the 2014
Southern Conference title. He is a three-time all-conference selection and was
voted league player of the year in 2012.
Zalatoris, 17, of Plano, Texas, won the 2014
U.S. Junior Amateur title by defeating Davis Riley, 5 and 3 in the 36-hole
final. He is playing in his seventh USGA championship and his second U.S.
Amateur. He won this year’s rain-shortened Trans-Mississippi Championship
(5-under 135) by one stroke and the Texas State Amateur (10-under 274) by three
strokes. Zalatoris, who will enroll at Wake Forest University this fall on the
Arnold Palmer Golf Scholarship, won the TAPPS (Texas Association of Private
& Parochial Schools) 5A state title twice (2012, 2013) and was runner-up
Compiled by Brian DePasquale, the USGA's manager of championship communications. Email him at email@example.com.