La Cassie continues good form at US Amateur
BY Bruce Young | US Mens Amateur Tour | 2006 US Amateur Championship | Strokeplay Wrap | 23 Aug 2006
Brisbane golfer Bronson La Cassie has continued his recent good recent form by finishing in equal fifth place in the stroke play section of the US Amateur Championship at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.
La Cassie, who is currently attending the University of Minnesota, two weeks ago won the Western Amateur and today produced a second round of 68 at the Chaska Town course one of the two courses being used to decide the top 64 qualifiers into tomorrow’s strokeplay. La Cassie had recorded a two over par 74 at Hazeltine National Golf Club on Monday.
The Match play phase, which starts tomorrow, will focus on the famed Robert Trent Jones designed Hazeltine Golf Club. Hazeltine has played host to two US Opens won by Tony Jacklin in 1970 and Payne Stewart in 1998.
The medallist in qualifying is 19-year-old Floridian, Billy Horschel, who was able to shoot 78 in his second round at Hazeltine today but still lead the qualifiers courtesy of his magnificent round of 60 yesterday at Chaska Town yesterday.
The other Australians in the field did not fare so well with all three missing out. Coolangatta Tweed Heads golfer Jake Younan-Wise was well placed after his opening round of 71 at Chaska Town but faded today at Hazeltine with a round of 77 to miss by just one shot. Younan-Wise has just completed his freshman year at Texas Technical University.
Rotorua New Zealand based Korean Danny Lee also missed by one while Australians Rhein Gibson and Ashley Hall finished well back. Gibson, from Lismore in New South Wales, is attending the Oklahoma Christian University while Hall, who last year defeated Jason Day amongst others to win the NEC Master of the Amateurs in Melbourne, is a member of Huntingdale Golf Club.