121st U.S. Amateur: Inside the Field
August 8, 2021 | Oakmont, Pa.
By Brian DePasquale, USGA
Among the 312 golfers in the 2021 U.S. Amateur Championship field, there are:
Oldest Competitors: Bob Royak (59, born 9-9-61), Sean Knapp (59, born 3-15-62), William Mitchell (57, born 4-17-64), Dennis Martin (56, born 7-22-65)
Youngest Competitors: Reed Greyserman (16, born 6-5-05), Nashawn Tyson (16, born 1-5-05), Carson Kammann (17, born 3-29-04), Caleb Surratt (17, born 3-16-04), Luke Potter (17, born 2-4-04), Ethan Tseng (17, born 2-1-04), Akshay Anand (17, born 12-23-03), Nicholas Dunlap (17, born 12-23-03)
Average Age of Field: 23.41
U.S. States Represented – A total of 40 states and the District of Columbia are represented in the 2021 U.S. Amateur: California (36), Texas (30), Florida (20), Pennsylvania (17), North Carolina (14), Georgia (11), Arizona (7), Indiana (7), New York (7), Alabama (6), Massachusetts (6), Minnesota (6), Missouri (6), Ohio (6), South Carolina (6), Washington (6), Colorado (5), Illinois (5), Kentucky (5), Michigan (5), New Jersey (5), Tennessee (5), Oregon (4), Virginia (4), Louisiana (3), Mississippi (3), Utah (3), Iowa (2), Maryland (2), Montana (2), Oklahoma (2), Wisconsin (2), Arkansas (1), Kansas (1), Nebraska (1), Nevada (1), New Mexico (1), Rhode Island (1), South Dakota (1), Wyoming (1) and District of Columbia (1).
International – There are 24 countries represented in the 2021 U.S. Amateur: United States (257), Canada (12), Japan (7), England (4), Argentina (3), Australia (3), People’s Republic of China (3), Mexico (3), Sweden (3), Republic of Korea (2), Spain (2), Hong Kong, China (1), Indonesia (1), Republic of Ireland (1), Kazakhstan (1), Malaysia (1), Peru (1), Portugal (1), Puerto Rico (1), Singapore (1), South Africa (1), Thailand (1), Venezuela (1) and Zimbabwe (1).
USGA Champions (13): Garrett Barber (2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball), Kiko Francisco Coehlo (2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball), Nicholas Dunlap (2021 U.S. Junior Amateur), Noah Goodwin (2017 U.S. Junior Amateur), Stewart Hagestad (2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur), Cole Hammer (2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball), Leopoldo Herrera III (2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball), Sean Knapp (2017 U.S. Senior Amateur), Lukas Michel (2019 U.S. Mid-Amateur), Bob Royak (2019 U.S. Senior Amateur), Preston Summerhays (2019 U.S. Junior Amateur), Michael Thorbjornsen (2018 U.S. Junior Amateur), Todd White (2015 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball)
USGA Runners-Up (7): Devon Bling (2018 U.S. Amateur), Noah Goodwin (2016 U.S. Junior Amateur), Bo Jin (2019 U.S. Junior Amateur), Sean Knapp (2018 U.S. Senior Amateur), Charles Osborne (2020 U.S. Amateur), Garrett Rank (2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur), Cohen Trolio (2021 U.S. Junior Amateur)
Players in Field with Most U.S. Amateur Appearances (2021 included) – Sean Knapp (17), Stewart Hagestad (12), Garrett Rank (10), Todd White (9)
Players in Field Who Competed in 2003 U.S. Amateur at Oakmont – Steven Carter (FQ), Sean Knapp (FQ), Bob Royak (FQ), Todd White (Rd-16)
Played in 2020 U.S. Amateur (76): Puwit Anupansuebsai, Christian Banke, Garrett Barber, Sam Bennett, Devon Bling, Jacob Bridgeman, Christian Cavaliere, Davis Chatfield, Kelly Chinn, Canon Claycomb, Parker Coody, Pierceson Coody, Connor Creasy, Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira, Alex Fitzpatrick, Ryan Gerard, Parker Gillam, Noah Goodwin, Austin Greaser, Aman Gupta, Stewart Hagestad, Ryan Hall, Cole Hammer, Joe Highsmith, William Holcomb V, Van Holmgren, Thomas Hutchison, Palmer Jackson, Bo Jin, Ryggs Johnston, Evan Katz, John Keefer, Harrison Kingsley, Luke Kluver, Sean Knapp, Andrew Kozan, Eddy Lai, Walker Lee, James Leow, Bryce Lewis, Yuxin Lin, Carson Lundell, Nick Lyerly, Dylan Menante, Yaroslav Merkulov, Lukas Michel, Maxwell Moldovan, William Mouw, Noah Norton, Kevin O’Connell, Charles Osborne, Harrison Ott, Joseph Pagdin, William Paysee, Julian Perico, Trent Phillips, James Piot, Luke Potter, David Puig, Garrett Rank, Bob Royak, Gordon Sargent, Chad Sewell, Matthew Sharpstene, Henry Shimp, Ian Siebers, Cameron Sisk, Jackson Suber, Preston Summerhays, Michael Thorbjornsen, Hugo Townsend, Johnny Travale, Travis Vick, Kiernan Vincent, Joey Vrzich, Trey Winstead
Played in 2019 U.S. Amateur (59): Ludvig Aberg, Puwit Anupansuebsai, Devon Bling, Jacob Bridgeman, John Marshall Butler, Ricky Castillo, Davis Chatfield, Alex Chin, Parker Coody, Pierceson Coody, Nicholas Dunlap, Alex Fitzpatrick, Charlie Flynn, Ryan Gerard, Parker Gillam, Mark Goetz, Sam Goldenring, Conor Gough, Austin Greaser, Aman Gupta, Grant Haefner, Stewart Hagestad, Ryan Hall, Cole Hammer, Joe Highsmith, Derek Hitchner, William Holcomb V, Van Holmgren, Thomas Hutchison, Palmer Jackson, Bo Jin, Evan Katz, Sean Knapp, Bryce Lewis, Nick Lyerly, Xavier Marcoux, Nate Menon, Maxwell Moldovan, William Mouw, Alvaro Muller Baumgart Lucena, Sam Murphy, Ethan Ng, Noah Norton, David Nyfjall, Charles Osborne, Harrison Ott, Trent Phillips, Cole Ponich, David Puig, Garrett Rank, Chad Sewell, Henry Shimp, Brian Stark, Preston Summerhays, Michael Thorbjornsen, Cohen Trolio, Travis Vick, Charles Waddell, Robbie Ziegler
Played in 2018 U.S. Amateur (37): Joe Alfieri, Garrett Barber, Devon Bling, Dennis Bull, Christian Cavaliere, Davis Chatfield, Nicholas Dentino, Alex Fitzpatrick, Sam Goldenring, Noah Goodwin, Stewart Hagestad, Cole Hammer, Joe Highsmith, William Holcomb V, James Imai, Palmer Jackson, Ryggs Johnston, Donald Kay, Sean Knapp, Frank Lindwall, Nick Lyerly, Ryan Marter, Dylan Menante, William Mouw, Noah Norton, Harrison Ott, Trent Phillips, Garrett Rank, Ian Siebers, Cameron Sisk, Preston Summerhays, Michael Thorbjornsen, Khavish Varadan, Travis Vick, Joey Vrzich, Charles Waddell, Trey Winstead
Played in 2017 U.S. Amateur (20): Garrett Barber, Bradley Bastion, Ricky Castillo, Canon Claycomb, Parker Coody, Connor Creasy, Noah Goodwin, Stewart Hagestad, Derek Hitchner, Luke Kluver, Walker Lee, Bryce Lewis, Ryan Marter, Clay Merchant, Noah Norton, Garrett Rank, Daulet Tuleubayev, Joey Vrzich, Charles Waddell, Todd White
Played in 2021 U.S. Open (6): Pierceson Coody, Cole Hammer, Joe Highsmith, Andrew Kozan, Charles Osborne, Matt Sharpstene
Played in 2021 U.S. Senior Open (4): Sean Crowley, William Mitchell, Bob Royak, Todd White
Played in 2021 U.S. Junior Amateur (18): Kelly Chinn, Kiko Francisco Coelho, Kaelen Dulany, Nicholas Dunlap, Mateo Fuenmayor, Conor Gough, Jonathan Griz, Weston Jones, Scotty Kennon, Sebastian Moss, Luke Potter, Calen Sanderson, Gordon Sargent, Caleb Surratt, Hunter Thomson, Cohen Trolio, Ethan Tseng, Brendan Valdes
Played in 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball (19): Davis Chatfield, Alex Chin, Kelly Chinn, Sean Crowley, Kiko Francisco Coelho, Sam Goldenring, Drew Hackett, Stewart Hagestad, Leopoldo Herrera III, Josh Irving, Palmer Jackson, Sean Kato, Luke Kluver, Brendan MacDougall, Yaroslav Merkulov, Luke Potter, Trevor Randolph, Preston Summerhays, Todd White
Played in 2021 Walker Cup Match (6): Ricky Castillo, Pierceson Coody, Alex Fitzpatrick, Stewart Hagestad, Cole Hammer, William Mouw
Played in 2019 Walker Cup Match (4): Alex Fitzpatrick, Conor Gough, Stewart Hagestad, Cole Hammer
Played in 2017 Walker Cup Match (1): Stewart Hagestad
Played in 2013 Walker Cup Match (1): Todd White
Ludvig Aberg, 21, of Sweden, earned first-team All-America and All-Big 12 Conference recognition as a sophomore at Texas Tech University in 2020-21. He posted eight top-10 finishes, including victories in the Thunderbird Collegiate and The Prestige. He also was fourth in the Big 12 Championship and tied for fourth in the NCAA Albuquerque Regional. Aberg won the Jones Cup Invitational on Feb. 7 and was runner-up in the European Amateur, including a second-round 61, on June 26. In his lone U.S. Amateur, he advanced to the Round of 32 in 2019 at Pinehurst No. 2.
Garrett Barber, 21, of Stuart, Fla., has competed in seven USGA championships, including three U.S. Amateurs. He won the 2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball title with partner Cole Hammer. He was chosen All-Southeast Region for the second time as a junior at Louisiana State University (LSU) in 2020-21 and tied for 12th in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championship. Barber tied for third in the Southern Amateur and tied for fifth in the Northeast Amateur this summer. He also won the 2018 Jones Cup, the 2017 Rolex Tournament of Champions and the 2017 Florida Class 1A high school state championship.
Sam Bennett, 21, of Madisonville, Texas, advanced to Round of 16 in last year’s U.S. Amateur at Bandon Dunes, his first USGA championship. He earned first-team All-America and first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors as a junior at Texas A&M University in 2020-21. He recorded three tournament victories, including the Cabo Collegiate, Old Waverly Intercollegiate and Aggie Invitational. His second-place showing in the NCAA Albuquerque Regional was among five top-5 finishes. He was chosen second-team All-SEC as a sophomore and was chosen to the SEC All-Freshman Team.
Devon Bling, 21, of Ridgecrest, Calif., has played in six USGA championships and was the runner-up to Viktor Hovland in the 2018 U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach. He also played in the 2019 (Round of 64) and 2020 U.S. Amateurs. Bling was a second-team All-Pac 12 Conference selection as a senior at UCLA in 2020-21. He earned third-team All-America and All-West Region recognition as a junior. Bling won the Pacific Coast Amateur on July 23 at Chambers Bay, prevailing in a five-player, hole-by-hole playoff that went five holes after finishing at 12-under 272. In 2019, he competed in the U.S. Open and in the Masters, where he was one of four amateurs to make the 36-hole cut and finished 55th.
Ricky Castillo, 20, of Yorba Linda, Calif., was a member of the victorious 2021 USA Walker Cup Team. Castillo was a quarterfinalist in the 119th Western Amateur on July 31. He earned second-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) honors as a sophomore at the University of Florida after he finished 12th in the NCAA Championship. In 2020, Castillo earned an exemption into the U.S. Open at Winged Foot and advanced to the semifinals of the Western Amateur. Castillo received the NCAA Division I Phil Mickelson Outstanding Freshman Award and was a first-team All-American. Castillo has played in three U.S. Amateurs and reached the Round of 16 in 2019 at Pinehurst No. 2. He has also competed in three U.S. Junior Amateurs, advancing to the Round of 16 twice and earning co-medalist honors in 2019.
Kelly Chinn, 18, of Great Falls, Va., was the stroke-play medalist and reached the Round of 32 in this year’s U.S. Junior Amateur. Chinn joined Tiger Woods, Willie Wood and Jim Liu as a two-time U.S. Junior Amateur medalist. He reached match play in the 2020 U.S. Amateur and was a semifinalist in the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur. He and partner David Ford advanced to the quarterfinals of this year’s U.S. Amateur Four-Ball. A past Class 6A state high school champion, Chinn will attend Duke University this fall. In 2021, he reached the Round of 16 in the North & South Amateur and tied for fifth in the Northeast Amateur. His father, Colin, is a retired rear admiral in the U.S. Navy who serves as joint staff surgeon at the Pentagon and is the chief medical advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Sam Choi, 21, of the Republic of Korea, won the Maridoe Amateur on July 1 with a 54-hole score of 9-under 207. He also tied for second in the Pacific Coast Amateur on July 23 at Chambers Bay as part of a five-man playoff. Choi earned All-West Region and All-Mountain West Conference recognition for the second time as a junior at the University of New Mexico in 2020-21. He tied for first in the MWC Championship, then finished second in the four-man playoff, one of his four top-10 finishes. The Lobos won the conference team title. He was chosen MWC Co-Freshman of the Year in 2019.
R.B. Clyburn, 32, of Cartersville, Ga., qualified for his first USGA championship by shooting rounds of 67-66 and surviving a 2-for-1 playoff for one of five spots at Capital City Club (Crabapple Course) on July 14. Clyburn, a college basketball official who has worked in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), did not play golf at the collegiate level. At 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, he was a wide receiver on the Georgia Tech football team for 2½ seasons (2007-09). He later played three years of professional basketball, including two in England and one in Australia, earning an NBA D-League tryout in 2014. His sister, Alexandria, was a middle blocker on the Bryant University volleyball team.
Parker Coody, 21, of Plano, Texas, has played in three U.S. Amateurs and three U.S. Junior Amateurs. He advanced to the Round of 16 in the 2019 U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst No. 2. He and his twin brother, Pierceson, are rising seniors on the University of Texas golf team. Parker posted five top-15 finishes in 2020-21, including a tie for fifth in the NCAA Noblesville Regional. He was chosen All-Central Region and shared the Southern Highlands Collegiate title with Yuxin Lin as a sophomore. The twins, who are the grandsons of 1971 Masters champion Charles Coody, are each competing in their third consecutive U.S. Amateur.
Pierceson Coody, 21, of Plano, Texas, was a member of the winning 2021 USA Walker Cup Team. He reached the semifinals of the Western Amateur on July 31. He earned first-team All-America honors and was the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year as a junior at the University of Texas in 2020-21. Coody, who qualified for this year’s U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course, is competing in his third consecutive U.S. Amateur. He reached the Round of 16 in 2019 at Pinehurst No. 2. Coody has also won the 118th Western Amateur and the 116th Trans-Mississippi Amateur. He and his twin brother, Parker, are the grandsons of 1971 Masters champion Charles Coody. Parker, who is also in the 2021 U.S. Amateur field, is a senior on the Texas Longhorn team.
Chris Devlin, 46, of Birmingham, Ala., dealt with a neuromuscular disease throughout his career and had open heart surgery in 2006 that forced him to leave the game for more than a year. He returned to qualify for the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines through both stages. He competed in Nationwide (now Korn Ferry) Tour and PGA European Tour events and was reinstated as an amateur two years ago. Devlin, who was born in Northern Ireland and is now a healthcare executive, was a three-time Conference USA player of the year while playing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
Louis Dobbelaar, 19, of Australia, won the North & South Amateur on July 4, defeating Jackson Van Paris in 19 holes in the championship match. He also captured The Dogwood Invitational by two strokes over Garrett Rank on July 12 and the Australian Amateur on Feb. 12 with a 72-hole score of 278. Dobbelaar, who tied for seventh in this year’s Monroe Invitational, has twice been victorious in the Queensland Amateur (2018, 2020) and won the 2016 New Zealand Amateur. Having earned an exemption into the U.S. Amateur, he will compete in his first USGA championship.
Nicholas Dunlap, 17, of Huntsville, Ala., won the 2021 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship on July 24, earning an exemption into the 2022 U.S. Open. He advanced to the 2019 U.S. Amateur as a 15-year-old and had already earned a spot in this field as the medalist in the Decatur, Ala., qualifier on July 5. Dunlap won this year’s Dustin Johnson Junior World Championship, placed second in the Pete Dye Invitational, tied for second in the Wyndham Invitational and tied for fifth in the Western Junior. He shot a 59 at the 4,864-yard Highland Golf Course, in Birmingham, at age 12. Dunlap has also been a national finalist in the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition and was mentored by Al Del Greco, a 17-year NFL placekicker.
Alex Fitzpatrick, 22, of England, was a member of the 2019 and 2021 Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup Teams. In 2020-21 at Wake Forest University, he earned first-team All-America and All-Atlantic Coast Conference recognition. He won the Valspar Collegiate, placed second in the NCAA Cle Elum Regional and tied for second in the Jones Cup Invitational. Fitzpatrick has played in three U.S. Amateurs, advancing to the quarterfinals in 2018 and the Round of 16 in 2019. He is the younger brother of Matt Fitzpatrick, who owns six PGA European Tour victories. Alex was on the bag for his brother when Matt won the 2013 U.S. Amateur at The Country Club, in Brookline, Mass.
Mark Goetz, 22, of Greensburg, Pa., became the first golfer to earn All-America recognition at West Virginia University as a senior in 2020-21. He was an honorable-mention selection and also earned All-Midwest Region honors. Goetz, who competed in the 2019 U.S. Amateur, placed second in the NCAA Noblesville Regional and won the Mountaineer Invitational. He tied for second in the Western Pennsylvania Open on July 21 and reached the semifinals of the R. Jay Sigel Match Play on June 10. At The Kiski School, Goetz won the 2016 Pennsylvania Independent School Athletic Association state championship.
Noah Goodwin, 21, of Corinth, Texas, has competed in five U.S. Amateurs and advanced to the Round of 16 in 2018 at Pebble Beach. He won the 2017 U.S. Junior Amateur by defeating Matthew Wolff, 1 up, in the 36-hole final. He rallied from 4 down with eight holes left to win the championship and earn an exemption into the 2018 U.S. Open. Goodwin became the third player in Junior Amateur history to win after being runner-up the previous year. He earned first-team All-America honors as a junior at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in 2020-21. He was chosen the American Athletic Conference Golfer of the Year and won the NCAA Stillwater Regional. His father, Jeff, is a professor of kinesiology at the University of North Texas.
Austin Greaser, 20, of Vandalia, Ohio, matched the third-lowest qualifying score (65-62–127) since 1999 in earning his third trip to the U.S. Amateur through the Sissonville, W.Va., qualifier. Greaser, a rising junior at the University of North Carolina, was a quarterfinalist in the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur. He earned All-East Region and All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors as a sophomore. In 2021, he tied for fifth in the ACC Championship, tied for 10th in the NCAA Noblesville Regional and advanced to the Western Amateur semifinals. Greaser won the 2020 Ohio State Amateur and broke Ben Curtis’ tournament record with a score of 18-under 270. His twin brother, Byron, is in the Coastal Carolina University PGA Golf Management program.
Reed Greyserman, 16, of Boca Raton, Fla., is the youngest player in the 2021 U.S. Amateur field. He shot 68-68 to earn medalist honors in the Skillman, N.J., qualifier. He is the younger brother of Max, who has six top-10 finishes on the Korn Ferry Tour in the combined 2020-21 season and qualified for the 2017 U.S. Open, and Dean, who competed in this year’s U.S. Junior Amateur. In 2021, Reed reached the quarterfinals of the Met Junior and was fourth in the New Jersey State Amateur. His parents were refugees from the Soviet Union. His father, Alex, is a hedge fund manager and math professor at Columbia University. His mother, Elaine, played tennis for Rutgers University.
Jonathan Griz, 17, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., is competing in his first U.S. Amateur after reaching the quarterfinals of this year’s U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. Griz, who also advanced to match play in the 2018 U.S. Junior Amateur, was co-medalist in the Buies Creek, N.C., qualifier. He became the youngest winner of the South Carolina Amateur last year when he shot a final-round 67 to win by three strokes. Griz was a Monday qualifier for the Korn Ferry Tour’s Club Car Championship in March. He also finished third in the Azalea Invitational and tied for seventh in the Terra Cotta Invitational this year.
Aman Gupta, 22, of Concord, N.C., has played in two U.S. Amateurs, advancing to the semifinals last year at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. He shot a first-round 64 in stroke play en route to earning the No. 5 seed in the match-play bracket. As a junior at Oklahoma State University in 2020-21, Gupta helped the Cowboys win the Big 12 Conference and NCAA Stillwater Regional crowns. He finished 10th in the Big 12 and 14th in the regional and posted three top-10 finishes. In 2017, he reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Junior Amateur.
Stewart Hagestad, 30, of Newport Beach, Calif., has been a member of three winning USA Walker Cup Teams (2017, 2019, 2021). Hagestad, who has competed in three U.S. Opens, reached the quarterfinals of the 2020 U.S. Amateur. He has played in 21 USGA championships, including 11 U.S. Amateurs. He rallied to defeat Scott Harvey in 37 holes in the 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, producing the largest comeback victory since a 36-hole final was introduced in 2001. Hagestad also won a gold medal in the mixed-team competition of the 2019 Pan American Games, in Lima, Peru, and was the low amateur in the 2017 Masters Tournament, becoming the first invited Mid-Amateur champion to make the 36-hole cut. He tied for fifth in this year’s Terra Cotta Invitational.
Cole Hammer, 21, of Houston, Texas, helped the USA to victory in the 2019 and 2021 Walker Cup Matches, going 3-1 in singles play. He has competed in 13 USGA championships, including three U.S. Opens and four U.S. Amateurs. He advanced to the semifinals in both the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Junior Amateur in 2018. Hammer also won the 2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball with partner Garrett Barber. Hammer won this year’s Big 12 Conference Championship and earned all-conference honors as a junior at the University of Texas. In 2018, Hammer won the Western Amateur and helped the USA to a second-place finish in the World Amateur Team Championship. He competed in the 149th Open Championship at Royal St. Georges last month.
Joe Highsmith, 21, of Lakewood, Wash., helped Pepperdine University capture the 2021 NCAA Championship and went 3-0 in match play. Highsmith was chosen All-West Region and All-West Coast Conference as a junior in 2020-21 and won the Western Intercollegiate in a three-man playoff. He qualified for this year’s U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course and has played in three U.S. Amateurs and four U.S. Junior Amateurs. Highsmith, who was the 2019 WCC Freshman of the Year, tied for second in this year’s Pacific Coast Amateur, falling in a five-man, five-hole playoff. He reached the quarterfinals of the North & South Amateur for the second consecutive year. He also won the 2019 Sahalee Players Championship and became the youngest player to win the Washington State Amateur in 2017.
Derek Hitchner, 21, of Minneapolis, Minn., was a member of Pepperdine University’s first national championship team since 1997 when the Waves won the NCAAs on June 2. Hitchner placed second in The Prestige college event, falling in a playoff to Colorado State’s A.J. Ott, and tied for fourth in the Western Intercollegiate as a junior in 2020-21. He won the Trans-Mississippi Amateur on July 9, defeating Derek Busby on the second playoff hole after the players tied at 9-under 277. Hitchner has competed in two U.S. Amateurs (2017, 2019).
William Holcomb V, 23, of Crockett, Texas, has played in three U.S. Amateurs, advancing to the semifinals in 2019 at Pinehurst No. 2. He earned All-America recognition and was the Co-Southland Conference Golfer of the Year as a senior at Sam Houston State University in 2020-21. He tied for eighth in stroke play at the NCAA Championship and was third in the conference tournament. Holcomb, who became the first Bearkat to reach match play in a U.S. Amateur, also played in the 2018 U.S. Amateur and 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur. Holcomb was the runner-up to Tyler Strafaci in the 2020 North & South Amateur. His sister, Ann, was a member of the Stephen F. Austin golf team from 2013-17.
Van Holmgren, 22, of Plymouth, Minn., has played in two U.S. Amateurs, advancing to the Round of 32 in 2019 and Round of 64 last year. Holmgren, who is 6-foot-8, transferred to Florida Gulf Coast University in the spring of 2020 after earning All-Summit League recognition twice at North Dakota State University. He earned All-Southeast Region recognition as a senior in 2020-21 and won the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship. Holmgren recorded six top-15 finishes, including a tie for 13th in the NCAA Kingston Springs Regional. His brothers Will (North Dakota State) and Jack (South Dakota) have played on the collegiate level.
Palmer Jackson, 20, of Murrysville, Pa., has competed in three U.S. Amateurs and reached the quarterfinals in 2019, the first University of Notre Dame golfer to advance to that round since Tom Veech in 1950. Jackson also partnered with Davis Chatfield to reach this year’s U.S. Amateur Four-Ball semifinals and battled his way to the Round of 16 in the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur. He was chosen All-Midwest Region as a sophomore in 2020-21 when he helped the Fighting Irish advance to NCAA regional play for the first time since 2012. Jackson, who was named after 1954 U.S. Amateur and 1960 U.S. Open champion Arnold Palmer, won the Class 3A state golf championship and helped his Franklin Regional High baseball team advance to the quarterfinals of the Class 5A state playoffs in 2018-19. Jackson tied for fourth in this year’s Sunnehanna Amateur and won the R. Jay Sigel Match Play Championship.
Bo Jin, 19, of the People’s Republic of China, was selected second-team All-America as a freshman at Oklahoma State University in 2020-21. He registered three consecutive runner-up finishes in the Big 12 Conference Championship, NCAA Stillwater Regional and NCAA Championship. Jin, who was chosen to the GCAA All-Freshman Team, posted six top-10 finishes. Jin, who has competed in two U.S. Amateurs, was the runner-up to Preston Summerhays in the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur. He has top-10 efforts this summer in the Maridoe Amateur (T-4th), Sunnehanna Amateur (7th) and Pacific Coast Amateur (8th). His brother, Cheng, played in three U.S. Amateurs, won the 2015 Asia-Pacific Amateur and competed in the 2016 Masters. His sister, Jiarui (Joyce) Jin, was co-medalist in the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur.
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Carson Kammann, 17, of Knoxville, Tenn., advanced to his first USGA championship with rounds of 66 and 71 to earn one of three spots in the Knoxville qualifier. His father, Scott, played in two U.S. Amateurs, reaching the quarterfinals in 1995 when he lost to nine-time USGA champion Tiger Woods, 5 and 3, at Newport (R.I.) Country Club. Carson, a rising senior at Knoxville West High School, tied for fourth in last fall’s state large-school championship and was chosen to the all-state team. In 2020, he reached the quarterfinals of the Tennessee Match Play and tied for first in the Sneds Tour’s Tournament of Champions.
Sean Knapp, 59, of Oakmont, Pa., has competed in 51 USGA championships, including 16 U.S. Amateurs. Knapp advanced to the quarterfinals in 1998 and Round of 16 in 1995, losing to eventual champion Tiger Woods. Knapp won the 2017 U.S. Senior Amateur and was the runner-up to Jeff Wilson in 2018. Knapp, who caddied at Oakmont Country Club and lives two blocks from the club entrance, reached the semifinals of the U.S. Mid-Amateur in 2008 and 2010 and tied for 60th in the 2012 U.S. Senior Open. Knapp, a vice president for a wholesale company, is a 14-time Western Pennsylvania Golf Association Player of the Year and a member of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania athletic hall of fame. He is the second-oldest player in this year’s U.S. Amateur field.
Walker Lee, 23, of Houston, Texas, has played in two U.S. Amateurs, advancing in 2017 to the Round of 32, and in the U.S. Open in 2017 at Erin Hills. He is a part of a family of Texas A&M University golfers. His father, Randy, and uncles, Jackie and Scott, competed for the Aggies. Lee, who just completed his senior season, earned third-team All-America recognition last year. He tied for second in the Pacific Coast Amateur on July 23 as part of a five-man, five-hole playoff.
James Leow, 24, of Singapore, missed most of his junior season at Arizona State University following surgery in December 2020. He returned to win the Southwestern Amateur on June 19 with a 72-hole score of 12-under 272, including a first-round 63 at Desert Mountain Club. Leow, who played in the 2020 U.S. Amateur, served 22 months of compulsory military service for his country as a sergeant and instructor to newly enlisted recruits. He won the 30th Southeast Asian Games and tied for fifth in the Asia-Pacific Amateur in 2019. He also was victorious in the 2018 Singapore National Amateur.
Jason Li, 22, of Sewickley, Pa., qualified for his first U.S. Amateur in a 3-for-2 playoff at the Mendon Golf Club, in Rochester, N.Y., on July 12. He was chosen first-team All-American for the third consecutive year as a senior at Carnegie Mellon University in 2020-21. Li, an All-Mid-Atlantic Region selection, tied for eighth in the NCAA Division III Championship and won the Golfweek Spring Invitational. A two-time finalist for the NCAA Division III Jack Nicklaus Award, Li won the 2014 state championship and 2015 western Pa. title while playing for Sewickley Academy.
Yuxin Lin, 20, of the People’s Republic of China, has competed in three British Open Championships and was one of two amateurs to make the 36-hole cut in 2021, tying for 74th. He has also been invited to play in two Masters Tournaments. Lin has won the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship twice, including in 2019 when he birdied the second playoff hole. He played in seven spring tournaments for the University of Florida in 2021 after transferring from the University of Southern California. He was chosen third-team All-American and All-West Region as a freshman at USC. He has played in two U.S. Junior Amateurs and advanced to the Round of 32 in 2019 at Inverness Club.
Dennis Martin, 56, of Los Angeles, Calif., returned to competitive golf following a 28-year hiatus at age 42. He shot rounds of 67 and 69 to earn the second of two spots in the Pasadena, Calif., qualifier on July 12. Martin, who will compete in his first U.S. Amateur, played in the 2018 U.S. Senior Open. He was a junior golfer until he concentrated on running and was a member of the University of California-Berkeley cross country team in the 1980s. He later retired at age 50 after working as a real estate lawyer. Martin runs the Venturi Program at California Golf Club, which assists young golfers, including Thomas Hutchison and Eddy Lai, who are both in this year’s U.S. Amateur field.
Dylan Menante, 20, of Carlsbad, Calif., helped Pepperdine University capture the 2021 NCAA Championship, its first national title since 1997. He was chosen third-team All-American and West Coast Conference Player of the Year as a sophomore in 2020-21. He was second in the WCC Championship, one of six top-10 performances, and tied for 17th in stroke play at the NCAA Championship. Menante, who has competed in two U.S. Amateurs (2018, 2020), won the Northeast Amateur on June 26 and tied for second in the Pacific Coast Amateur on July 23. His father, Dean, played at the University of Nevada (1981-85) and competed in the 1984 U.S. Amateur.
Lukas Michel, 27, of Australia, became the first international player to win the U.S. Mid-Amateur in 2019 when he defeated Joseph Deraney in the 36-hole final at Colorado Golf Club. He went on to play in the U.S. Open and the Masters in 2020. Michel, who earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Melbourne, grew up playing with Curtis Luck (2016 U.S. Amateur champion) and Oliver Goss (2013 U.S. Amateur runner-up). His father, Ivor, immigrated from Czechoslovakia in the late 1960s. Michel won the Australian Masters of the Amateurs on Jan. 8 and tied for third in the Riversdale Cup on March 7. In 2019, he tied for 21st in the Australian Open.
William Mitchell, 57, of Roswell, Ga., was the low amateur in this year’s U.S. Senior Open, when he tied for 46th at Omaha (Neb.) Country Club. He is a performance health coach who has trained PGA Tour players Stewart Cink, Roberto Castro and Casey Wittenberg and LPGA Tour players Mariah Stackhouse and Dori Carter. Mitchell, who has also consulted college and high school teams, reached the Round of 16 in the 2019 U.S. Senior Amateur. Mitchell, whose father, Lawson, was a longtime club professional, played in the 1983 U.S. Amateur and his caddie was Chris O’Donnell, now a film and TV actor.
Maxwell Moldovan, 19, of Uniontown, Ohio, has played in three USGA championships. He advanced to the Round of 32 in the U.S. Amateur and the Round of 16 in the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2019. Moldovan earned All-Midwest Region and second-team All-Big Ten Conference honors as a freshman as Ohio State University in 2020-21. He was 13th in the Big Ten Championship and 17th in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional. Moldovan captured the Southern Amateur on July 17 and posted 20-under 264 to shatter Justin Leonard’s scoring mark from 1993. Moldovan, who started playing at age 2, won the 2019 Ohio Amateur and claimed a pair of Ohio Division I state high school championships (2017, 2018).
William Mouw, 20, of Chino, Calif., was a member of the winning 2021 USA Walker Cup Team. He has played in three U.S. Amateurs and twice advanced to the Round of 16, in 2018 at Pebble Beach and 2020 at Bandon Dunes. He also reached the Round of 32 in two consecutive U.S. Junior Amateurs (2018, 2019), also earning co-medalist in 2019. Mouw, the son of a chicken egg farmer, tied for 13th in stroke play and helped Pepperdine University capture this year’s NCAA Championship. He earned All-West Region for the second consecutive year and was chosen first-team All-American when he set the program’s freshman record with five top-10 finishes. Mouw won the 2019 California State Amateur and was a member of the basketball and golf teams at Ontario Christian High School.
Keita Nakajima, 21, of Japan, was No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking®/WAGR® earlier this year. He won the Japan Amateur by three strokes with a 54-hole score of 206 on July 2 and finishing second in the 2019 championship. He was the runner-up in the professional Japan Golf Tour’s Token Homemate Cup on April 18. In 2020, he recorded a pair of top-10 efforts in the JGT’s Dunlop Phoenix (8th) and Mitsui Sumitomo Visa Taiheiyo Masters (3rd). In 2018, he tied for second behind champion Takumi Kanaya in the Asia-Pacific Amateur and tied for fifth in the Australian Open.
Noah Norton, 22, of Chico, Calif., has competed in four U.S. Amateurs and advanced to the Round of 16 in 2017 and Round of 32 in 2020. Norton also qualified for the U.S. Open in 2019 at Pebble Beach and has reached match play in two U.S. Junior Amateurs. Norton was the medalist with rounds of 64 and 65 in the Milton, Ga., qualifier for this year’s U.S. Amateur. A two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) selection at Georgia Tech, Norton was second in this year’s Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate as a senior. He was the runner-up in both the 2019 North & South Amateur and 2017 California State Amateur and finished eighth in this summer’s Northeast Amateur.
🏆 Northern Amateur champion! @WeilerJoe wins the Northern Am by 3 shots (65-67-73=205; -11).— Purdue Mens Golf (@PurdueMensGolf) July 23, 2021
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✔️: Northern Amateur champion. pic.twitter.com/W6zGHxpmrU
Trent Phillips, 21, of Boiling Springs, S.C., has competed in three U.S. Amateurs and reached the Round of 32 in 2018 and Round of 64 in 2020. Phillips, who has also played in three U.S. Junior Amateurs, won this year’s Sunnehanna Amateur on June 19 with a 72-hole score of 9-under 271. He was chosen to the All-Southeastern Conference first team for the third consecutive year as a junior at the University of Georgia in 2020-21. Phillips, a three-time All-American, was eighth in NCAA Tallahassee Regional, one of his 17 career top-10 finishes. His older brother, Trevor, also played for the Georgia Bulldogs this year and has competed in three U.S. Amateurs.
Kevin O’Brien, 26, of Pittsburgh, Pa., birdied the last hole in the Dayton, Ohio, qualifier to earn the third of three spots available for the U.S. Amateur and will play in his first USGA championship. O’Brien, an investment analyst for a petroleum company in northwest Ohio, will mark his ball with a “P” to honor his father, Patrick, who passed away from cancer last February. O’Brien, who expects this to be an emotional championship for him and his family, qualified for the 2014 Pennsylvania Amateur at Oakmont Country Club. He won the 2012 West Regional as a member of the North Allegheny High School team before playing at Seton Hall University from 2013-17.
Charles “Ollie” Osborne, 21, of Reno, Nev., was the runner-up to Tyler Strafaci in the 2020 U.S. Amateur at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Osborne rallied from a first-round 77 to fire a 64 in the second round of stroke play to advance to match play. He also played in this year’s U.S. Open and carded a 1-over 72 in the second round at Torrey Pines Golf Course to just miss the 36-hole cut. He finished 11th in the American Athletic Conference Championship as a sophomore at Southern Methodist University in 2020-21. He qualified for the PGA Tour’s Barracuda Championship through two stages in 2019.
Luke Potter, 17, of Encinitas, Calif., advanced to the semifinals of this year’s U.S. Junior Amateur, losing to eventual champion Nick Dunlap. He competed in last year’s U.S. Amateur and reached the Round of 32 in the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur. He and partner Preston Summerhays, who is also in this year’s U.S. Amateur field, reached the quarterfinals of this year’s U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at Chambers Bay. Potter was a Western Amateur quarterfinalist on July 31. In 2020, Potter captured the Maridoe Amateur, earning an 8-and-6 victory over Summerhays in the final, won the SCGA Amateur, and was the runner-up in the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley. He led his high school team, La Costa Canyon, to the 2019 California state title as a freshman. Potter birdied his last two holes for a 7-under 64 to win individual honors.
Garrett Rank, 33, of Canada, is a full-time National Hockey League referee after previously working in the American Hockey League. He has competed in 21 USGA championships, including nine U.S. Amateurs and the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills. In 2021, Rank has finished second in the Porter Cup on July 24 and tied for second in The Dogwood Invitational on June 12. He won the 2019 Western Amateur and became the first Canadian to win the championship in 42 years and the first mid-amateur to win the title since 1997. Rank, who overcame a cancer scare at age 23, was runner-up to Nathan Smith in the 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur. He has won three Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateurs.
Bob Royak, 59, of Alpharetta, Ga., is the oldest player in the U.S. Amateur field. He has competed in 19 USGA championships, including four U.S. Amateurs and three U.S. Senior Opens (2012, 2019, 2021). He won the 2019 U.S. Senior Amateur by defeating Roger Newsom, 1 up, in the final at Old Chatham Golf Club, in Durham, N.C. His older brother, Jack, served as his caddie in that U.S. Senior Amateur and his younger brother, Paul, played in the same championship. Royak, who is vice president for an executive search firm, was the 2017 Georgia State Golf Association Senior Player of the Year. He and his wife assist in finding families for Russian orphans.
Gordon Sargent, 18, of Birmingham, Ala., was the runner-up to Michael Thorbjornsen in the Western Amateur and was a quarterfinal in the U.S. Junior Amateur this year. He fired a third-round 62 that propelled him to his second consecutive Alabama State Amateur title on June 18. In 2021, he has also tied for sixth in the Jones Cup Invitational and tied for seventh in the Terra Cotta Invitational. Sargent, a Rolex Junior All-American and the 2020 state amateur player of the year, will attend Vanderbilt University. He competed in last year’s U.S. Amateur and reached match play in the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur. His father, Seth, has played in two USGA events, advancing to match play in the 2006 U.S. Mid-Amateur.
Matthew Sharpstene, 22, of Asheville, N.C., reached the semifinal round in his first U.S. Amateur last year at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Sharpstene also qualified for this year’s U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course. In 2020-21, he was chosen to the Conference USA all-conference second team in his first year with the Charlotte University program after transferring from West Virginia University. He was third in the 107th Carolinas Amateur and tied for ninth in the Southern Amateur this summer.
Caleb Shetler, 20, of Saratoga, Calif., was the medalist with rounds of 69 and 62 in qualifying for the U.S. Amateur at Santa Rosa Country Club on July 19. He will be playing in his first USGA championship. Shetler, who is a rising junior at San Jose State University, was chosen the Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year and was a semifinalist in the California State Amateur in 2020. He is the nephew of Carrie Ann Inaba, a judge on Dancing with the Stars and a co-host on a CBS daytime talk show. His two uncles played at the University of Hawaii (Daryl Inaba) and UC Irvine (Craig Inaba) in the 1980s.
Neal Shipley, 20, of Pittsburgh, Pa., is a former Oakmont Country Club caddie who is competing in his first USGA championship. He shot rounds of 68 and 71 in the Columbus, Ohio, qualifier on July 20 to earn one of three spots. Shipley, a rising sophomore at James Madison University, helped the Dukes finish third in the 2021 Colonial Athletic Conference Championship. He shot a final-round 65 to win this year’s West Penn Stroke Play. He was a key figure in Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School’s two state championships.
Cameron Sisk, 21, of San Diego, Calif., advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2020 U.S. Amateur, losing to eventual runner-up Ollie Osborne, 2 and 1. In 2018, he reached match play in his first U.S. Amateur and was a semifinalist in the U.S. Junior Amateur. Sisk made his second appearance on the All-America team as a junior at Arizona State University in 2020-21. He tied for eighth in stroke play and helped the Sun Devils reach the semifinals in match play at the NCAA Championship. Sisk, who was the Pac-12 Conference’s top freshman two years ago, was a quarterfinalist in The Amateur Championship, conducted by The R&A, in 2019. His twin brother, Parker, plays at San Jose State University.
Preston Summerhays, 19, of Scottsdale, Ariz., won the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur, which earned him an exemption into the 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot. Summerhays, who has played in three U.S. Amateurs, is the son of former PGA Tour player Boyd, the nephew of retired PGA Tour player Daniel and the great nephew of Bruce, who won three PGA Tour Champions events. Preston, who will attend Arizona State University in the fall, partnered with Luke Potter to reach the quarterfinals of this year’s U.S. Amateur Four-Ball. He won this summer’s inaugural Barbasol Junior Championship and claimed the 2020 Sunnehanna Amateur, becoming the youngest champion in tournament history.
Caleb Surratt, 17, of Indian Trail, N.C., reached the Round of 16 in the 2021 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. He won the Western Junior by four strokes at Onwentsia Club, in Lake Forest, Ill., on June 24. He nearly missed the cut but followed with rounds of 65 and 67 to join a list of champions that includes Jim Furyk, Collin Morikawa and Rickie Fowler. Surratt posted a three-stroke victory in the Terra Cotta Invitational on April 25, one of six top-10 performances this year. A junior at Union Academy, Surratt captured his second Class 1A state championship with a 69 at Foxfire Resort.
Michael Thorbjornsen, 19, of Wellesley, Mass., has played in three U.S. Amateurs and reached the quarterfinals in 2020 at Bandon Dunes. He won the 2018 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, defeating Akshay Bhatia, 1 up, at Baltusrol Golf Club to earn an exemption into the 2019 U.S. Open. He became the second-youngest player (age 17) since World War II to make the 36-hole cut and finished 79th at Pebble Beach. Thorbjornsen was chosen to the Pac-12 Conference All-Newcomer Team and finished 13th in the Pac-12 Championship as a freshman at Stanford University in 2020-21. He won the 2016 Drive, Chip & Putt National Final (ages 14-15) at Augusta National Golf Club and was the 2012 and 2013 U.S. Kids Golf National Player of the Year. He won this year’s 119th Western Amateur on July 31 two weeks after he captured the 113th Massachusetts State Amateur, defeating 2017 U.S. Mid-Amateur champon Matt Parziale in the final match.
Cohen Trolio, 19, of West Point, Miss., was the runner-up to Nick Dunlap in this year’s U.S. Junior Amateur Championship on July 24. He advanced to the semifinals of the 2019 U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst No. 2. Trolio, who will enroll at Louisiana State University in the fall, won the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class A-AA state title in 2018 and helped his Oak Hill Academy team win four state crowns. He is a six-time Mississippi State Junior champion. Trolio won the 2021 Mississippi State Amateur in his first attempt on June 27 with a 72-hole score of 19-under 269.His father, V.J., is the teaching professional at Old Waverly Golf Club, the site of the 1999 U.S. Women’s Open and 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur.
Travis Vick, 21, of Hunters Creek Village, Texas, was chosen first-team All-American and All-Big 12 Conference as a sophomore at the University of Texas in 2020-21. He has competed in seven USGA championships, including four U.S. Amateurs. Vick was a three-sport athlete at Houston’s Second Baptist High School. In addition to golf, he was a decorated linebacker and quarterback and a pitcher/third baseman on the baseball squad. Vick scored the first double eagle in the history of the U.S. Junior Amateur in the 2018 championship at Baltusrol Golf Club. Vick, who was third in the 2021 Sunnehanna Amateur, is a family friend of Hal Sutton, who won the 1980 U.S. Amateur.
Matt Vogt, 30, of Indianapolis, Ind., got into the field as the first alternate from the Chesterton, Ind., qualifier, where he had rounds of 73 and 67 at Sand Creek Golf Club. Vogt, a practicing dentist and oral surgeon, is originally from Cranberry Township, Pa., and attended Seneca Valley High School. At 6-foot-5, he was a member of the 2009 state Class 4A semifinalist basketball team and was fourth in the state golf championship. He played golf at Butler University and later earned his DDS in dental surgery from Indiana University. Vogt, a former caddie at Oakmont Country Club, finished third in the Indiana State Amateur with a final-round 64 and won his fourth Indianapolis city title in 2021.
Joey Vrzich, 22, of El Cajon, Calif., helped Pepperdine University win the 2021 NCAA Championship. Vrzich was chosen second-team All-American, All-West Region and All-West Coast Conference as a senior in 2020-21. He tied for second in the NCAA Cle Elum Regional and tied for seventh in the WCC Championship. Vrzich, who won the 2020 California State Amateur, has competed in three U.S. Amateurs. He advanced to the Round of 16 in 2017 and Round of 64 in 2020.
Todd White, 53, of Spartanburg, S.C., is a history teacher who also coaches the boys’ and girls’ golf teams at Spartanburg High School. The Vikings tied for fourth in the Class 5A boys state championship and the girls finished ninth in the state in 2021. White, who has competed in 30 USGA championships, tied for 56th in last month’s U.S. Senior Open. He and Nathan Smith partnered to win the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship in 2015 at The Olympic Club and were members of the victorious 2013 USA Walker Cup Team. White has played in eight U.S. Amateurs and advanced to the Round of 16 in 2003 at Oakmont Country Club.
Trey Winstead, 22, of Baton Rouge, La., has played in two U.S. Amateurs, advancing to the Round of 64 in 2018 and Round of 32 in 2020. He tied for fourth at the Florida Gators Invitational as a junior at Louisiana State University in 2020-21. Winstead has been chosen All-Southeast Region and to the All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) Freshman Team during his career. In 2020, he was third in the Sunnehanna Amateur, advanced to the North & South Amateur semifinals and reached the Round of 16 in the Western Amateur. His father, Chuck, recently completed his 16th season as LSU’s head golf coach.
Storylines compiled by Brian DePasquale, manager of USGA communications. Email him at email@example.com.
Story: DU teammates Jackson Solem and Connor Jones share medalist honors at Fort Collins CC and earn spots in U.S. Amateur at Oakmont. https://t.co/5ZV4khwkfI #USAmateur @USGA @JaxSolem @DU_MGolf @FortCollinsCC pic.twitter.com/ueStThjHJ8— Colorado Golf Association (@ColoGolf) July 20, 2021
Today's qualifiers for the 121st U.S. Amateur, held at Seven Oaks Golf Club— New York State Golf Assoc. (@NYSGA1923) July 19, 2021
Etienne Papineau (middle) of Montreal, Canada (-9)
John Barone (left) of Dunmore, Pennsylvania (-7)
Peter Bradbeer (right) of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania (-6)
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