Date: August 13, 2012
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9 Men Tee It Up At US Amateur

The US Men’sAmateur Championship started Monday at the Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, Colorado with nine Australians in action. Tasmania s Ryan McCarthy from the Seabrook Golf Club headlines a stellar group of men who gained their starts via various qualifying tournaments. Matthew Stieger and Brett Drewitt of New South Wales, and Victoria s Rory Bourke and Todd Sinnott were ferocious in the lead-up to this event. Sinnott won the sectional qualifier held at the Somerby Golf Club in Byron, Minnesota which Bourke earned his spot at as well. Drewitt produced a scorching second round eight-under par 63 to come through US Amateur qualifying at Victory Links Golf Club in Blaine, Minnesota. Jake Higginbottom of New South Wales, Cameron Smith and Daniel Nisbet of Queensland, and West Australian Oliver Goss all qualified automatically by virtue of their World Amateur Ranking. The US Men’sAmateur is the biggest individual amateur event with course set-up, media coverage and strength of field as close as you can get to a professional event. The winners list reads like a who&aposs-who of golfing royalty, with Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods (3), Phil Mickelson and Mark O&aposMeara all having claimed the title. New South Wales Nick Flanagan is the only Australian to win the event having captured the Havemeyer Trophy in 2003 at the age of 19. The format is eighteen holes of stroke play from August 13-14, after which the field will be cut to the lowest 64 players. Six rounds of match play begin on August 15 with the championship concluding with the scheduled 36-hole final match on August 19.