Sunnehanna Amateur: Kicks of 2005 with new 72-hole format

JOHNSTOWN, PA (June 9, 2005) In a break from a fifty year tradition, the Sunnehanna Amateur Tournament for Champions, one of the nation's premiere amateur golf tournaments, has decided to extend its 72-hole Medal Play Tournament to four days. Since 1954, the Amateur has been contested over three days featuring 36 holds of golf on Saturday.

Western Pennsylvania's fickle weather required that the 2004 Tournament be shortened to 54 holes. The 2003 Tournament was conducted in adverse weather conditions as well. In considering the change, the Tournament Committee considered these factors, as well as the mental and physical demands placed upon the participants in the current format. The Sunnehanna Field is a composite of top ranked collegiate amateurs and more seasoned mid-amateurs and senior amateurs.

The decision has prompted varied reviews from players. "I am pleased that Sunnehanna is determined to go four days for two main reasons: first, the weather in Western Pennsylvania in early June is frequently suspect, and secondly, the removal of the Saturday double round should physically help the Mid-Amateurs to better compete," noted Danny Green, career Amateur, former Walker Cup member and perennial top ten finisher in the Sunnehanna Tournament.

First Round results from the Sunnahanna Amateur, (which had a near-hour rain delay, by the way!) are listed below:

Name Hometown Rd1 +/-
Kisner, Kevin Aiken, SC 65 -5
Welch, Mike North Quincy, MA 66 -4
Ferguson, Jack High Point, NC 67 -3
Kim, Anthony Diamond Base, CA 67 -3
Reifers, Kyle Columbus, OH 68 -2
Harman, Brian Savannah, GA 68 -2
Kirk, Chris Athens, GA 68 -2
Ureta, Martin Chapel Hill, NC 69 -1
Smith, Nathan Brookville, PA 69 -1
Leon, Tyler Dallas, TX 69 -1
Texter, Jarred Millersville, PA 69 -1
Brown, David Pittsburgh, PA 70 E
Neville, Ted Oklahoma City, OK 70 E
Thompson, Dan Johnstown, PA 70 E
Miles, Tom Dublin, OH 70 E
Sim, Michael Connolly, WA 70 E
Irwin, Steve Golden, CO 70 E
Lanza, Joseph Bainbridge, WA 71 1
Leon, Trent Dallas, TX 71 1
Delcher, Duke Bluffton, SC 71 1
Arnold, Jamie Caringbah, NSW 71 1
Posey, Ryan Stillwater, OK 71 1
Thompson, Nicholas Coral Springs, FL 71 1
Anderson D., Mark Beaufort, SC 71 1
White, Todd Moore, SC 71 1
Deutsch, Eric Rochester, MN 72 2
May, David Auburn, NY 72 2
Dodt, Andrew Gatton, QLD 72 2
Peffley, Blaine Lebanon, PA 72 2
Moon, Roy North Hills, CA 72 2
Jackson, Tim Germantown, TN 72 2
Ruthkoski, Andrew Muskegon, MI 72 2
Anderson T., Mark Sioux Falls, SD 72 2
Lowry, Randy Spring, TX 72 2
Curran, Jon Hopkinton, MA 73 3
Quinn, Kevin Boston, MA 73 3
Lambert, Tristan Casula, NSW 73 3
Eaton, Austin New London, NH 73 3
Barbosa, Michael St. Petersburg, FL 73 3
McLean, Jon Weston, FL 73 3
Carter, Pat Huntington, WV 73 3
Rose, Dayton Midwest City, OK 73 3
Day, Jason Forest Lake, QLD 73 3
Cocco, Chandler Bend, OR 73 3
Smith, Ted Westlake, OH 74 4
Davis, Tom Wavell Heights, Brisbon, QLD 74 4
Knapp, Sean Oakmont, PA 74 4
Green, Danny Jackson, TN 74 4
Davis, Tripp Norman, OK 74 4
Vana, Frank Shrewsbury, MA 74 4
Boyle, Pat South Milwaukee, WI 75 5
Saunders, Sam Windermere, FL 75 5
Wood, Banks Charlotte, NC 75 5
McKolosky, Dennis Johnstown, PA 75 5
Hamilton, Alex Aiken, SC 75 5
Dudley, Jonathan Irasburg, VT 76 6
Thomas, Matt Blasdell, NY 76 6
Robinson, Zack Stillwater, OK 76 6
Dunn, Nate Cedar Rapids, IA 76 6
Song, Chan Orlando, FL 77 7
Quiri, Brad Tampa, FL 77 7
Clark, Colin Durham, NC 77 7
Velardi, Steve Hamden, CT 78 8
Hurley, Billy Leesburg, VA 78 8
Thomas, Allan Maumelle, AR 79 9
Han, Seung-Su Bradenton, FL 80 10
Myers, Brett Broken Arrow, OK 84 14

ABOUT THE Sunnehanna Amateur

The Sunnehanna Amateur was inaugurated in July of 1954 -- it was the first country club sponsored 72-hole stroke play competition for amateurs in the United States. The tournament is played on a classic A.W. Tillinghast design. Only one other amateur tournament in the United States can list the likes of Chick Evans, Arnold Palmer, Julius Boros, Art Wall, Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, and Rickie Fowler as contestants: the United States Amateur. Its medal play format has been emulated by countless amateur tournaments across the country.

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