Aug. 4, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. -- Incoming freshman golfer Davis Lee will be heading to Oklahoma a bit sooner as the Palisades Park, N.J., product recently qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., August 24-30.
Lee placed third at the Blythewood, S.C. sectional qualifying event with a 36-hole score of 7-under-par 135 at the 7,095-yard, par-71 Columbia Country Club.
The feat was more impressive considering the other qualifiers from the site include Charlotte All-American Corey Nagy (134), two-time Monroe Invitational champ Phillip Mollica (134), Dogwood Invitational champ Brian Harman (136) and former University of Georgia player Michael Green (137).
Oklahoma's Phillip Bryan (2004-2008) is the first alternate out of the Omaha, Neb., sectional qualifier after a 36-hole total of 138. Bryan finished second in a three-man playoff, falling to UNC-Charlotte recruit Andy Sajevic of Freemont, Neb. University of Nebraska senior-to-be Brandon Crick (McCook, Neb.) placed third.
The U.S. Amateur, the oldest USGA championship, was first played in 1895 at Newport Golf Club in Rhode Island. The event, which has no age restriction, is open to those with a Handicap Index of 2.4 or lower. It is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.
BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. - COLUMBIA COUNTRY CLUB
PHILLIP MOLLICA - ANDERSON, S.C. 134
COREY NAGY - CHARLOTTE, N.C. 134
DAVIS LEE - PALISADES PARK, N.J. 135
BRIAN HARMAN - SAVANNAH, GA. 136
MICHAEL GREEN - AUGUSTA, GA. 137
A - CHRISTOPHER MARSH - GEORGETOWN, S.C. 138
A - HARRIS ENGLISH - THOMASVILLE, GA. 139
OMAHA, NEB. - SHADOW RIDGE COUNTRY CLUB
ANDY SAJEVIC - FREMONT, NEB. 138
A - PHILLIP BRYAN - NORMAN, OKLA. 138
A - BRANDON CRICK - MCCOOK, NEB. 138