Nick Flanagan through to US Amateur Match Play

BY Bruce Young | US Mens Amateur Tour | 2003 US Amateur Championship | Round Two | 20 Aug 2003
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New South Wales golfer Nick Flanagan is the only Australian to advance to the match play phase of the US Amateur Championship, finishing in a tie for 53rd place after rounds of 74 and 73.

The other two Australians in the field, Ben Bunny and Kurt Barnes, missed out. Bunny followed his brilliant first round 68 with an 81 today to be in 80th place and Kurt Barnes with consecutive rounds of 75 was in 96th place. The top 64 players made it through.

The strokeplay phase of the event was played over the famed Oakmont course and the adjacent Pittsburg Field course in Pennsylvania. Oakmont has, of course, been the venue for many of the great events in US golf, the latest being the 1994 US Open won by Ernie Els.

Flanagan recently won the Pacific North West Amateur Championship in Washington State and amongst other wins to his name in recent times are the 2002 New Zealand Under 19 Championship and the 2003 Tasmanian Open Championship. At age 19 he appears set for a very bright future in the game.

Only three players broke par over the 36 holes, the medallist being the University of Kentucky’s John Holmes by a shot from Bill Hurley from Virginia and Trip Kuehne, who in 1994 was runner up to Tiger Woods after leading him by a six shot margin at one stage of the final. Kuehne is a brother of Hank and Kelli.

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    About the Author: Bruce Young

    A multi-award winning golf journalist, Bruce's extensive knowledge of the game comes from several years caddying the tournament circuits of the world, marketing a successful golf course design company and as one of Australia's leading golf journalists and commentators.

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