August 20, 1999
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
David Hearn, who will be enteringhis junior season at the University of Wyoming in the fall of 1999, advancedto the Final 32 of the United States Amateur Golf Championship on Wednesdayat Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif., Aug. 16-22.
Hearn entered the original group of 312 amateurs at the U.S. Amateurafter being the No. 1 qualifier at the Highland, Mich. District Qualifier.The U.S. Amateur began with two rounds of stroke play on Monday, Aug. 16 andTuesday, Aug. 17 to cut the field of 312 golfers down to 64. Hearn shotrounds of 80-72 for a 152 total to earn his way into the round of 64.
On Wednesday, Aug. 18, the top 64 qualifiers remaining from the tworounds of stroke play began the first round of match play, pitting golfershead-to-head against each other in a single elimination format. Hearnentered the first round of match play as the 63rd seed out of the 64 golfersand thus faced No. 2 seed Matthew Jones of Tempe, Ariz., and Arizona StateUniversity. Hearn had to go an extra hole, but came away with the victoryin 19 holes over Jones.
On Thursday, Hearn, will face Scott Weatherly of Fort Payne, Ala.The two will tee off at 8:20 a.m., Pacific time at Pebble Beach Golf Links.The winner of that match will advance to an afternoon round of match play,with the field being trimmed to only eight competitors by Thursday evening.
"I can't say I'm that surprised by David's (Hearn) showing," saidUniversity of Wyoming men's golf coach Roger Prenzlow. "David is very goodin match play. He hits the ball extremely long, which can be prettyintimidating to an opposing player. David also doesn't make many mistakeson the golf course, and makes a lot of birdies, both of thosecharacteristics make for a good match play golfer. The U.S. Amateur bringstogether the top amateur golfers in the country. This is a greataccomplishment for David."
Initiated in 1895, the U.S. Amateur is the oldest of the UnitedStates Golf Association (USGA) Championships. This year's competitionwill mark the fourth time the U.S. Amateur will be played at Pebble Beach.It was also played at Pebble Beach in 1929, 1947 and 1961. The 1961 eventsaw Ohio State University senior Jack Nickalus win the U.S. Amateur title.
Hearn, a native of Brantford, Ontario, Canada, is coming off anoutstanding sophomore season at the University of Wyoming, placingseventh in the 1999 conference championships and finishing17th at the NCAA West Regional.