August 4, 1999
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
David Hearn, who will be enteringhis junior season at the University of Wyoming in the fall of 1999, hasqualified for the United States Amateur Golf Championship to be played atPebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif., Aug. 16-22.
Hearn was the No. 1 qualifier at the Highland, Mich. DistrictQualifier. He shot rounds of 76-67 for a 36-hole total of 143. Hearn willbe one of 312 amateur golfers competing in the 99th Annual U.S. Amateur.
"This is a great accomplishment for David (Hearn) and a verypositive step for our program," said University of Wyoming men's golf coachRoger Prenzlow. "The U.S. Amateur brings together the top amateur golfersin the country. It will be exciting to see how David plays in this elitefield, and it will be interesting to see how he handles one of the country'smost challenging courses."
The competition will begin with two 18-hole rounds of stroke play --one on Monday, Aug. 16 and the second round on Tuesday, Aug. 17. The tworounds of stroke play will be contested on Pebble Beach Golf Links andSpyglass Hill Golf Course. The top 64 players from the stroke-play portionof the competition will advance to match play. Match play competitionbegins on Wednesday, Aug. 18 and continues through Sunday, Aug. 22 at PebbleBeach Golf Links.
Initiated in 1895, the U.S. Amateur is the oldest of the UnitedStates Golf Association (USGA) Championships. This year's competition willmark the fourth time the U.S. Amateur will be played at Pebble Beach. Itwas also played at Pebble Beach in 1929, 1947 and 1961. The 1961 event sawOhio State University senior Jack Nickalus win the U.S. Amateur title.
Hearn is coming off an outstanding sophomore season at theUniversity of Wyoming, placing seventh in the 1999 conference championshipsand finishing 17th at the NCAA West Regional.