Vancouver, British Columbia (Thursday, July 13) - Stroke play medalist and number one seed, Adam Hadwin from Abbotsford, B.C., was defeated this afternoon by Tom Glissmeyer of Colorado Springs, Colo. 3 and 1, and number two seed, Rafael Lee was defeated by Tennessee golfer, Danny Green at the 105th PNGA Men's Amateur Championship, being played at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver B.C.
Hadwin won his morning match in the round of 32, defeating Jordan Mason of Tsawwassen, BC, 3 and 2, but was defeated by Tom Glissmeyer in the afternoon round of 16. Glissmeyer is infamously known as the 16-year old that qualified for the 2003 U.S. Open held at Olympia Fields CC. Glissmeyer just finished his freshman year on the golf team at the University of Southern California (USC).
Rafael Lee played marathon golf today as both of his matches were taken extra holes. In the morning round, Lee had a rough start by losing the first two holes to Blake Rowe-Sleeman of Coquitlam, BC. Lee won the third hole and then halved nine holes in a row (holes #4-#12). He was able to bring the match back to all square on the 13th hole. Rowe-Sleeman and Lee halved the 18th hole to send the match to extra holes. Lee won the 19th hole for the victory. Lee never led the match until the 19th hole.
Just when Lee thought 19 holes was a long match, he faced Danny Green of Jackson, Tenn. in a grueling 26-hole match. Ironically, Green, the 2004 U.S. Walker Cup Team member and 1999 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, holds the USGA record for most holes played in a match play event at 26-holes, and Lee holds the RCGA record at 36-holes played. Green was 3-up after fourteen holes and Lee birdied holes #15-#17 to get to all square. They halved hole #18 with pars. In extra holes, they halved five holes in a row (#19 - #23) with pars. They were both getting up and down for pars from very difficult places. Eventually, Green hit the fairway and hit it to 5 feet on the 24th hole. Lee hit his drive left and then hit a punched driver under a tree that landed just off the right side of the green. He tried to make his chip, but it went well beyond the hole and he missed the par putt coming back, then conceded the match.
Matches continue on Friday with the quarterfinals starting at 7:30 a.m. from the first tee. Winners will advance to the afternoon semifinals starting from the first tee at 12:30 p.m. Other contestants that advance to the quarterfinals include Erik Olson, Newcastle, Wash, Peter Ahn, Vancouver, BC, Shane Prante, Olympia, Wash, Brady Exber, Las Vegas, Nev, Greg Machtaler, Summerland, BC, and Riki Kauika, Wellington, New Zealand.
Some of the past champions of this event include Tiger Woods (1994), Ben Crane (1997), Jeff Quinney (1998), and Nick Flanagan (2003). In the last 12 years, three players that have won this championship have gone on to win the U.S. Amateur Championship (Tiger Woods, Jeff Quinney and Nick Flanagan).