Lutterus, Sim make Match Play at US Amateur
BY Bruce Young | US Mens Amateur Tour | 2005 US Amateur Championship | Round Two | 24 Aug 2005
Two Australians have made it through to the Match Play phase of the US Amateur Championship with Western Australia’s Michael Sim and South Australian David Lutterus advancing. Queenslanders Tom Davis and Andrew Dodt were perhaps unlucky when missing out by just one shot.
For Lutterus and Sim however, they keep their chances alive of winning the most significant event in amateur golf and following in the footsteps of fellow countryman, Nick Flanagan, who two years ago recorded an unlikely win, becoming the first ever Australian to do so.
20-year-old Lutterus from the Kooyonga Golf Club in Adelaide had rounds of 71 and 72 to finish in a share of 13th place while Sim, who is one of the hottest amateurs in the game at present, was in 36th place with a fine round of 71 at Merion Golf Club on day two.
Lutterus will take on the 36th place qualifier, Californian, Eddie Olson, while Sim will take on Mark Strickland from Georgia who finished 24th in the stroke-play. Lutterus has a tough battle on his hands as just last week Olson, a University of Las Vegas freshman, won the Northern California Match Play title at Spyglass Hill and is considered by many to have a bright future in the game.