NORMAN, Okla. Coming off one of the greatest seasons in Oklahoma golf history, sophomore Anthony Kim will take a swing at the field in the 104th U.S. Amateur Open. Kim, the winner of this season’s Golf Coaches Association of America’s Phil Mickelson Award as freshman of the year, will be begin play Wednesday, Aug. 18 in hopes of securing his second amateur title of the summer. Kim won the Northeast Amateur Title in June.
“I’m expecting to go into this tournament and play well,” said NCAA All-American Kim. “Hopefully I will give myself the chance to have the same type of success that I had earlier this summer.”
The U.S. Amateur Open is the oldest golf championship in the country. This year’s Open will be held at the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaronek, N.Y. The club’s East Course, which plays 6,675 yards and par 35-35-70, will be used for the first two rounds of stroke play. The club’s West Course will be used for the final two rounds and is a 7,266 yards and has a par of 35-35-70.
The U.S. Amateur Open title is the most coveted amateur title. Past winners to have their name engraved on the Havemyer Cup include golf legends Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, as well as current tour superstars Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.
Oklahoma head golf coach Jim Ragan feels that Kim has put himself in great position to add his name to the list of past U.S. Amateur Open champions.
“Anthony has been very focused this summer choosing to compete in specific tournaments,” said Ragan. “If he continues to play at the high level, he will be in a good position to win the championship.”
Kim will arrive in New York on Monday to begin qualifying rounds. Following two days of stroke play (Monday, Aug. 16, and Tuesday, Aug. 17), the field of 312 golfers will be reduced to the lowest 64 scorers, who will advance to match play. All matches are 18 holes except the final match. The 36-hole championship final match is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 22.
Kim qualified for the U.S Amateur Open by shooting a two-round 139 at the Tulsa Country Club during the Tulsa (Okla.) Regional on July 26. Kim’s two-round effort was tops in the region.
“This is the biggest amateur tournament in the country and I’m looking forward to competing,” said Kim. “This tournament will help me a great deal as I get ready for the fall season.”