Aug. 11, 2013
U.S. Amateur Official Homepage
BROOKLINE, Mass. -- A trio of Wildcats -- two current and one a former Big Ten champion -- are among the field at the 2013 United States Amateur Championship at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.
Senior Jack Perry (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara), freshman Matt Fitzpatrick (Sheffield, England/Tapton) and 2002 graduate Chris Thayer will compete in the Aug. 12-18 tournament that begins with 36 holes of stroke play before moving to match play for the top 64 players.
Perry is a 2013 All-American for Northwestern who won medalist honors at the Rancho Santa Fe qualifier to earn his way into the field. Fitzpatrick, who earlier this summer won The Open Championship Silver Medal as low amateur at Muirfield before finishing as runner-up at the England Men's Amateur Championship, is exempt into the field by virtue of his No. 2 position in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
Thayer, who played for a pair of Big Ten championship teams under Pat Goss
, finished third at the Columbine Valley, Colo., qualifier to earn his tee time in Brookline. Thayer was a teammate of Luke Donald
during his time in Evanston, finishing seventh at the 2000 Big Ten Championship and fourth in 2001 to aid in NU's team victories. He was an All-Big Ten choice in 2001 and a GCAA All-America Scholar in 2002.
Northwestern has a strong history at the U.S. Amateur Championship, beginning with its affiliation with Chick Evans, founder of the Evans Scholar program and a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Evans attended Northwestern for one year before discontinuing his education for financial reasons. Winner of the 1916 and 1920 U.S. Amateurs (and the 1916 U.S. Open), Evans played in 50-consecutive U.S. Amateur stagings. His 1920 U.S. Amateur win came 7 and 6 over Francis Ouimet, a native of Brookline, Mass., host city for this year's event.
More recently, 2006 graduate Dillon Dougherty finished as runner-up to Edoardo Molinari in the 2005 U.S. Amateur to earn berths in the Masters and U.S. Open events the following year.
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