August 12, 2012
CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. - Five Cal golfers - Brandon Hagy, Max Homa, Walter Huddy, Michael Kim and Michael Weaver - will begin action Monday at the 112th U.S. Amateur Championship hosted by Cherry Hills Country Club. For the second time in three years, the Golden Bears have more golfers than any other collegiate program in the nation participating in the event that will run August 13-19.
The five Cal golfers will be among 312 that are scheduled to play 36 holes of stroke play Monday and Tuesday at Cherry Hills and companion venue CommonGround Golf Course.
Kim is the first Golden Bear off the tee Monday at 7:40 a.m. CT from the first hole of Cherry Hills. Hagy (8:20 a.m. CT) and Homa (8:40 a.m. CT) also play in the morning Monday at CommonGround. Michael Weaver will start at Cherry Hill, teeing off at 1:05 p.m. CT, while Huddy is at CommonGround beginning at 1:55 p.m. CT.
The top 64 players after two rounds of stroke play will advance to match play beginning Wednesday.
The match play portion of the event will be televised by both Golf Channel and NBC. Golf Channel will have two hours of programming for Wednesday's first-round matches (1-3 p.m. PT), Thursday's second round (3:30 - 5:30 p.m. PT) and Friday's quarterfinals (5:30 - 7:30 p.m. PT). NBC will televise two hours of Saturday's semifinals (1-3 p.m. PT) and Sunday's finals (1-3 p.m. PT).
Cal players have had a tremendous amount of success in recent years at the U.S. Amateur. The Bears also had the most players of any college program in the country in 2010 when they sent a school-record six to the event, including semifinalist Ben An who defeated Homa in a quarterfinal match. In 2009 just over a year before he would arrive at Cal as a freshman in 2010, An won the event at 17 years of age to become the youngest ever U.S. Amateur champion.