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Archives: Aug. 2010

Aug.
26th

Uihlein escapes Grillo; Rodgers goes down in U.S. Am’s 32

He might have played his sloppiest round of the 110th U.S. Amateur championship, but top American golfer Peter Uihlein was not about to start in on himself.

“The way this golf course is set up,” Uihlein said, “it wasn’t a bad round.”

Uihlein put away Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo with a conceded birdie on the 18th hole to win, 2-up.

Grillo topped Uihlein at the stroke-play Copa de Las Americas event in Argentina last January.

Meanwhile, the ride for 17-year-old Patrick Rodgers, of Avon, Ind., ended in the round of 32 with 3-and-1 loss to Alex Ching, of Honolulu.

Rodgers, who

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Aug.
26th

Illinois’ Langley wins battle of NCAA golf champs

The battle of NCAA champions lived up to its billing Thursday morning at the U.S. Amateur with Scott Langley of the University of Illinois beating Patrick Reed of Augusta State on the 19th hole to advance to this afternoon’s third round.

Reed, a member of the Augusta State national championship team, conceded the 19th hole – Hole No. 1 – after an errant tee shot and an approach shot that fell short of the green and rolled about 100 feet back toward him.

After Langley, the individual NCAA champ, was in the bunker on his second shot and chipped out

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Aug.
26th

U.S. Amateur divots: Day 3 recap and today’s 2-for-1 action

Salutations. Sad exit by the South Sound products – Tacoma’s T.J. Bordeaux, and the Olympia duo of Cameron Peck and Jarred Bossio – in the opening of the match-play round at the 110th U.S. Amateur.

It’s time to widen the circle of trust – and mention.

Survivors to the round-of-32 include golfers from 18 other states around the nation (with five players, California and Florida have a 1-up lead over the rest of the country, but Georgia’s trio is closing fast), and countries such as Australia (Ryan McCarthy), Canada (Eugene Wong) and Argentina (Emiliano Grillo).

Our coverage from Wednesday:

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Aug.
25th

USGA already employing creative setups for this U.S. Amateur

This wasn’t the hand-delivered gift the 64 remaining golfers expected when they arrived at Chambers Bay Golf Links on Wednesday morning to start the opening round of match play.

Soft course.

Shorter tees.

An excuse to make birdies?

“Maybe they’ll try and make it harder throughout the week,” University of Washington product Nick Taylor said, “but they changed the course a lot today.”

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Aug.
25th

American Lake Course to get $25,000 from USGA

The USGA will present a check for $25,000 to the American Lake Golf Course today during U.S. Amateur play at Chambers Bay.

Former professional golfer Ken Still will be on hand to receive check for the course along with Harold Roberts, president of Friends of American Lake.

The American Lake Golf Course is affiliated with the Veterans Administration hospitals and focuses on giving recreation opportunities for disable and able-bodied veterans.

Aug.
25th

Olympia duo at peace with first-round losses

For all that Jarred Bossio and Cameron Peck have in common, the long-time friends wish their Wednesday afternoons hadn’t been so strikingly similar.

Both Olympia natives took early two-hole leads in the first round of match play at the U.S. Amateur. Both promptly lost their leads and fell behind by three holes. Both rallied to give themselves a little hope. Then both lost their matches on the 17th hole.

Now both are making plans to get back to their respective colleges so they don’t get too far behind in their studies.

“Overall it was a positive experience,” Peck said of the U.S. Amateur. “It’s hard to qualify and it’s hard to make the cut. I wish I had made it a little bit farther in match play, but I can’t complain too much.”

Peck, who plays for Texas A&M, lost 2-and-1 (down two holes with one to play) to Scott Strohmeyer of Alabama.  Bossio, a junior at Idaho, lost 2-and-1 to Harris English of Georgia.

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Aug.
25th

Ryan Moore at The Barclays, preview

This week: PGA Tour’s The Barclays, Thursday through Sunday, Ridgewood Country Club, Paramus, N.J.

World ranking: 45th.

2010 earnings: $1.79 million (32nd on the PGA Tour).

Last tournament: The Puyallup golfer missed the cut at last week’s Wyndham Championship (2-under 138) as the defending champion. He now travels to another milestone event – the PGA Tour tournament where he made his professional debut in 2005, coming at Westchester County Club in New York.

Tee time Thursday: 4:54 a.m. PDT off the first tee with K.J. Choi and Sean O’Hair.

Aug.
25th

Hosed-down Chambers Bay giving up birdies in U.S. Am match play

It’s been said the United States Golf Association can have a cruel and unwavering heart when it comes to its on-the-edge championship setups.

But on Wednesday, the 64 golfers set for match play woke up to a gentler, kinder and most importantly – softer – Chambers Bay Golf Links.

“(USGA boss) Mike Davis came to me last night and said, ‘I don’t care how you do it, soften this thing up,’” Chambers Bay superintendent Dave Wienecke said.

For the first time in weeks, Wienecke and his crew turned on the irrigation system Tuesday night. They distributed 600,000 gallons of water

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