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U.S. Amateur: "Seinfeld" and other pairings which caught our eye
14 Aug 2022
by Jim Young of AmateurGolf.com

see also: U.S. Amateur Golf Championship, Ridgewood Country Club

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The 7:20am tee time? Costanza, Kramer, Newman
The 7:20am tee time? Costanza, Kramer, Newman

The USGA often has made a habit of trying to get creative when it comes to early round tee-times in its championships. Past winners of USGA events are frequently paired together, but sometimes officials push the envelope a bit.

The groupings for the stroke play portion of the 122nd playing of the U.S. Amateur were not different. Pairings of former USGA champions, top-ranked amateurs, worldwide winners, and a ‘Seinfeld’ namesake golf trio are just some of the groupings which caught our eye.

"Seinfield"? The popular sitcom featured plenty of golf references during its run and a committee member in Far Hills is clearly a fan, as Mark Costanza, Hazen Newman and Campbell Kremer will be grouped for the first two rounds of stroke play.

So far, there is no sign of Stan the Caddie.


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Notable Pairings

Top-Ranked Amateurs
Ludvig Aberg (No. 1)
Michael Thorbjornsen (No. 5)
Gordon Sargent (No. 11)

Dylan Menante (No. 6)
Sam Bairstow (No. 7)
David Puig (No. 9)

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Amateurs Who Made the Cut at the U.S. Open
Austin Greaser (No. 3)
Sam Bennett (No. 8)
Travis Vick (No. 13 / Low Am)

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Top 3 Finishers in Elite Amateur Series
Caleb Surratt (No. 1)
Jiri Zuska (No. 2)
Bryce Lewis (No. 3)

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Elite Amateur Series Tournament Winners
David Ford (Southern Amateur)
Luke Clanton (North/South Amateur)
William Mouw (Trans-Miss Amateur)

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Worldwide Tournament Winners
Jose Antonio Safa (Mexican Amateur)
Luis Carrera (Canadian Amateur)
Aaron Jarvis (Latin America Amateur)

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USGA Champions
Wenyi Ding (2022 U.S. Junior)
Stewart Hagestad (2021 U.S. Mid-Amateur)
Davis Womble (2022 U.S. Four-Ball)

Chad Wilfong (2022 U.S. Four-Ball)
Nick Dunlap (2021 U.S. Junior)
Matt Parziale (2017 U.S. Mid-Amateur)

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The "Seinfeld" pairing
Mark Costanza
Hazen Newman
Campbell Kremer

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>>CLICK HERE for complete pairings and tee times

ABOUT THE U.S. Amateur

The U.S. Amateur, the oldest USGA championship, was first played in 1895 at Newport Golf Club in Rhode Island. The event, which has no age restriction, is open to those with a Handicap Index of 2.4 or lower. It is one of 14 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs. It is the pre-eminent amateur competition in the world. Applications are typically placed online in the spring at www.usga.org.

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