For whatever reason, David Chung has the pedigree to play in USGA championships. The junior-to-be at Stanford University made short work of Skip Berkmeyer, 36, winning 4 and 3 in the second round of match play. The match arguably took a turn on the 490-yard par 5 when Berkmeyer missed a 4-footer that would have halved the hole. Chung grabbed a 2-up lead, never looking back.
Chung, the 2004 U.S. Junior Amateur runner-up, plays with composure and a tactician's eye.
"What I love about a USGA setup is that you have to play smart and not mindless golf," said Chung, who is playing in his fifth U.S. Amateur and has already won the Porter Cup and Western Amateur this summer. "It's always a tough test and a fair test."
After defeating Berkmeyer on the 15th hole, transportation was waiting for both players to shuttle them to a second shuttle service needed to get back to the clubhouse. Chung considered walking back. Reading between the lines, he's not too concerned with playing another match today.
"[The course] is as taxing as you want to make it," he said. -- Ken Klavon