August 23, 2015
Clovis resident Bryson DeChambeau won the U.S. Amateur and joined an elite group.
DeChambeau, a senior at Southern Methodist University who honed his game on the Junior Tour of Northern California, captured the U.S. Amateur Championship Sunday with a 7 and 6 win over Derek Bard in the 36-hole final at Olympia Fields.
Among the feats that DeChambeau achieved with the victory:
- He’s the first Northern California native to win the U.S. Amateur title or any USGA individual title since Ricky Barnes in 2002.
- He joins Jack Nicklaus (1961), Tiger Woods (1996) Phil Mickelson (1990) and Ryan Moore (2004) as the only players to win both the U.S. Amateur and NCAA Championship in the same year.
- It was the widest margin in a U.S. Amateur title match since Byeong-Hun An’s 7-and-5 victory over Ben Martin in 2009.
“”I can’t believe what I just did,” DeChambeau said. “I’m in golf history. I don’t understand it yet. It’s an honor to be in that field.”
Holding a 2-up lead after the morning portion, DeChambeau only turned up the heat in the afternoon round.
“I thought, ‘Keep pressing the pedal to the metal now, play Bryson golf,'” said DeChambeau, who made nine birdies over the 30 holes of the match.
Overall, DeChambeau went 20-under through his six matches. When Bard did take a lead in the morning portion, it marked the first time that DeChambeau had trailed since the Round of 16.
The win also gives the NCGA a sweep in this year’s U.S. Amateur championships. Hannah O’Sullivan, also a former JTNC member and member at The Olympic Club, won the U.S. Women’s Amateur last weekend.
August 22, 2015 Twenty-one-year-old Clovis resident Bryson DeChambeau now has the big prize in his sights. No matter what happens, he’s already picked up some nice perks. The No.23 seeded DeChambeau, a senior at Southern Methodist University, punched his ticket to the finals of this week’s U.S. Amateur Championship on Saturday, defeating Sean Crocker of Westlake Village, 4 and 3, at Olympia Fields. The 2011 Junior Tour of Northern California Player of the Year, who won this year’s NCAA Championship, will face No.45 Derek Bard of New York in Sunday’s 36-hole finale. By reaching the finals, DeChambeau earned exemptions into next year’s Masters and U.S. Open championships.
“My strengths are definitely my driving, hitting it in the fairway for the most part,” said DeChambeau, who is No. 7 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. “And this week, I’ve been incredible with my putting. It’s the best I’ve ever putted in my life.” In the match versus Crocker, DeChambeau took a 2-up lead with wins on holes No.8 and No.9. Crocker, who plays at USC, cut the lead back to 1-up with a birdie on the 11th, but DeChambeau went on to win holes 12 through 14 in succession, making birdie, par and birdie, respectively, to take what would be an insurmountable 4-up lead. In Thursday’s Round of 16, DeChambeau defeated Maverick McNealy of Stanford University, the college player of the year who will be his Walker Cup teammate next month. McNealy, who won the recent NCGA Amateur Match Play Championship, is the No.2 ranked amateur in the world. “It’s awesome, it’s rock solid,” said McNealy of DeChambeau’s game. “He takes a very unique approach to the game, he buys into it 100 percent and that type of commitment is a huge part of what makes him so successful. He’s very analytical and very calculated. It’s very cool and fun to watch.” With a DeChambeau win on Sunday, the NCGA will have swept this year’s U.S. Amateur championships. Hannah O’Sullivan, a member of The Olympic Club and another alum of the JTNC, won this year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur title.
August 21, 2015 Clovis resident and former Junior Tour of Northern California Player of the Year Bryson DeChambeau is another step closer to bringing a U.S. Amateur title back to Northern California. A senior at Southern Methodist University, DeChambeau defeated Ireland’s Paul Dunne, 3 and 2, in Friday’s quarterfinals at Olympia Fields. Playing in his fifth U.S. Amateur, it was the first time DeChambeau had competed in a match beyond the Round of 16. In a sign that it was to be his day, the No.23 seeded DeChambeau took the first lead in the match with a sensational recovery on the par-5 6th. After hitting his drive into a thicket of bushes and punching out, DeChambeau managed to reach the green in regulation and went on to sink a 60-footer for birdie. A hole later on the 7th he post another birdie to take a 2-up lead.
The No.18 seeded Dunne, who was tied for the lead entering the third round of this year’s British Open, cut the lead back to 1-up with a par win on the 9th. Two holes later on the 11th, however, DeChambeau re-upped his lead to two after draining a 10-foot birdie putt. Another DeChambeau birdie on No.3 made it 3-up, with the two halving holes No.14 through No.16. The match could have been a 2015 Walker Cup preview. DeChambeau, the No.7 ranked amateur in the world, was one of five early picks for the U.S. team that were named by captain Spider Miller last week. Among those who have been impressed with DeChambeau’s run through the brackets is Walker Cup teammate Maverick McNealy of Stanford. On Thursday, DeChambeau defeated McNealy, 3 and 2, in the Round of 16. “It’s awesome, it’s rock solid,” said McNealy, the No.2 ranked amateur of DeChambeau’s game. “He takes a very unique approach to the game, he buys into it 100 percent and that type of commitment is a huge part of what makes him so successful. He’s very analytical and very calculated. It’s very cool and fun to watch.” DeChambeau’s semifinals opponent will be No.22 seed Sean Crocker of Westlake Village in Southern California. Currently No.64 in the world rankings, Crocker is a sophomore at USC.
Round of 16
August 20, 2015 At least this time around, it was SMU senior Bryson DeChambeau who walked away having come out on top. DeChambeau, the No.7 ranked amateur in the world, knocked No.2 world ranked Maverick McNealy out of the picture at this week’s U.S. Amateur Championship at Olympia Fields, defeating the Stanford junior, 3 and 2, in Thursday’s Round of 16 Northern California showdown. All-square through the first 10 holes, the match first swung into DeChambeau’s favor when the Clovis native won the 11th with a birdie. On holes No.13 and No.14, DeChambeau upped his lead to 3-up with a par and a birdie, respectively. On No.13, McNealy missed a 3-footer for par. The duo, who teamed up for the NCGA in the recent Morse Cup at the annual Pacific Coast Amateur Championship, halved both the 15th and 16th holes. Afterwards, McNealy shared his thoughts on the match on Twitter.
Gave it all I had and can’t ask more of myself- now to learn from it and get better. Congrats Bryson on a great match pic.twitter.com/uLXBiv37oz
— Maverick McNealy (@13maverickm) August 20, 2015
Now the only Northern California player left in the brackets, the No.23 seeded DeChambeau will next face No.18 Paul Dunne in Friday’s quarterfinals. Dunne, a native of Ireland, was tied for the lead through three rounds at the recent British Open before finishing in a tie for 30th.
Round of 32
August 20, 2015
Just three weeks ago, Stanford junior Maverick McNealy and SMU senior Bryson DeChambeau teamed up to win the Morse Cup for the NCGA at the annual Pacific Coast Amateur Championship.
Now, the two will square off in a Northern California showdown at this week’s U.S. Amateur Championship at Olympia Fields.
McNealy, the NCAA Player of the Year, and DeChambeau, this year’s NCAA individual champion, both moved on to the Round of 16 on Thursday morning, posting identical 5 and 4 wins over their Round of 32 foes. The No.39 seeded McNealy dispatched No.7 Maverick Antcliff of Georgia, while DeChambeau, the No.23 seed, moved on with a win over No.10 Matt NeSmith of South Carolina.
Coming off a win at last week’s NCGA Amateur Match Play Championship at Spyglass Hill, McNealy took a 1-up lead on the 1st hole with a par and never looked back. Antcliff helped out by losing five holes with bogeys.
DeChambeau, meanwhile, again came out strong. A day after opening with a convincing 8 and 6 win, the Clovis native jumped out to a 5-up lead through seven over NeSmith.
In his first 20 holes of match play, DeChambeau went an eye-popping 10-under. He’d cool off with a double-bogey on the 13th and bogey on the 14th, but by then it was too late for NeSmith. The double-bogey on No.13 was DeChambeau’s first hole over-par in the match play portion of the championship.
Round of 64
August 19, 2015
NCAA champion Bryson DeChambeau and NCAA Player of the Year Maverick McNealy are on their way to the Round of 32 at this week’s U.S. Amateur Championship at Olympia Fields.
The No.23 seeded DeChambeau advanced through Wednesday’s Round of 64 with a convincing 8 and 6 victory over No.42 Robby Salomon. DeChambeau didn’t make things easy for Salomon, a senior at CSU-Monterey Bay and the winner of the recent NCGA Amateur Stroke Play Championship. DeChambeau, who played in this year’s U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, blitzed Salomon by going 5-under through the 12 holes of the match.
While DeChambeau could breathe easy, the No.39 seeded McNealy had to sweat things out in notching a 1-up victory over No.26 Austin Connelly of Canada. Coming off an historic performance at last week’s NCGA Amateur Match Play Championship, McNealy went 2-under through the first seven holes to grab what looked to be a commanding 4-up lead. Connelly, the No.18 ranked amateur in the world, didn’t give in. He’d win holes No.8 through No.11 to bring the match back to all-square, and won the 13th with a birdie to take a 1-up lead.
McNealy, the No.2 amateur in the world, re-took a 1-up lead when Connelly bogeyed both the 14th and 15th holes. The pair would dramatically halve the final three holes.
Not so fortunate was University of Washington senior and Cameron Park native Corey Pereira. The winner of the 2014 Pacific Coast Amateur Championship lost his opening match, 2 and 1, to Ohio’s Daniel Wettertich.
Early on, the No.63 seeded De Los Reyes was all-square in his opening match versus No.2 seed David Oraee of Colorado.
In the Round of 32, McNealy will take on the other Maverick, Maverick Antcliff of Georgia. DeChambeau will face No.10 seeded Matt NeSmith.
Jonathan De Los Reyes, who survived a huge playoff to make it into match play, lost his Round of 64 match, 2-up to No.2 seed David Oraee of Colorado. De Los Reyes held a 2-up lead after 14 holes.
Stroke Play Qualifying
August 19, 2015
The quest to bring a U.S. Amateur Championship title back to Northern California is down to five players. And one will not be reaching the Round of 32.
Following an extended second round of stroke play qualifying due to inclement weather, the brackets for match play at this week’s U.S. Amateur at Olympia Fields finally came together on Wednesday morning.
Among those advancing were No.21 seed Corey Pereira, No.39 Maverick McNealy, No.23 Bryson DeChambeau and No.42 Robby Salomon.
Unfortunately, either DeChambeau or Salomon won’t be staying around long.
Dechambeau, the winner of this year’s NCAA individual title, will take on Salomon, the winner of this year’s NCGA Amateur Stroke Play Championship, in the Round of 64.
Pereira, a junior at University of Washington and the winner of the 2014 Pacific Coast Amateur, will face No.44 Daniel Wetterich in the Round of 64.
Coming off a historic showing at last week’s NCGA Amateur Match Play Championship, McNealy will take on No.26 Austin Connelly of Canada. McNealy is currently the No.2 ranked amateur in the world. Connelly is No.18.
The final 10 spots for match play came down to a playoff—the cutline came at 4-over 144–between 18 players. Jonathan Garrick of Atherton and St. Mary’s senior Jonathan De Los Reyes were among the 18 fighting for a spot in the brackets.
De Los Reyes, who shot a record 65 at Poppy Hills in the final round of the NCGA Amateur Stroke Play Championship, advanced with a birdie on the fourth playoff hole. He’ll open match play vs. No.2 seed David Oraee of Colorado.
Garrick, a senior at UCLA, was eliminated on the third playoff hole after making bogey.
The last Northern California native to win the U.S. Amateur was Ricky Barnes in 2002. Before Barnes, the last NorCal player to win the title was Nathaniel Crosby back in 1981.
Michael Weaver, a native of Fresno who went on to star at Cal, reached the final of the 2012 U.S. Amateur before falling on the 37th hole.