Ten New Yorkers In Field for 119th U.S. Amateur
PINEHURST, N.C. (UPDATED: 8/15) - All three New York players who advanced into match play at the 119th U.S. Amateur Championship, fell during the Round of 64, including medalist Brandon Wu of Scarsdale, Brent Ito of Ardsley and Cameron Young of Scarborough.
Wu, fell to Austin Squires of Union, Kentucky, the last player to make the bracket after a 27 for 3 spot playoff, 2 up.
Ito, who was the 53rd seeded player, fell 2 and 1 to Spencer Ralston of Gainseville, Georgia. Young, who held the 58th seed, fell to Jacob Solomon of Auburn Alabama.
PINEHURST, N.C. (UPDATED: 8/14) - Brandon Wu was the stroke play medalist at the 119th U.S. Amateur Championship at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Course No. 2 & No. 4) this week, August 12-18, in Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina. He finished in the top spot after carding a three-under 137.
Brent Ito of Ardsley and Cameron Young of Scarborough advanced to match-play after carding a four-over 144. Both players currently sits at T-44.
Ethan Ng of New York competed in a 27 players for 3 spot playoff into match-play, where he was eliminated with bogey on the first hole. He finished the first two rounds at 145.
Match-play will begin today and continue through till Saturday. The Championship Match, conducted over 36 holes, will take place on Sunday.
James Nicholas of Scarsdale missed the cut at 148. Scarsdale native Zachary Ong finished at 151. Josh Goldenberg of Scarsdale and Will Thomson of Buffalo finished at 155. DJ Griffiths of Binghamton finished at 156. Colin McGaugh of Hamilton finished at 168.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Ten golfers from New York State will compete in the 119th U.S. Amateur Championship at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Course No. 2 & No. 4) this week, August 12-18, in Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina.
The group includes Josh Goldenberg of Scarsdale, DJ Griffiths of Binghamton, Brent Ito of Ardsley, Colin McGaugh of Hamilton, Ethan Ng of New York, James Nicholas of Scarsdale, Scarsdale native Zachary Ong (resident of Singapore), and Buffalo native Will Thomson (resident of Florida), Brandon Wu of Scarsdale, and Cameron Young of Scarborough.
The U.S. Amateur consists of 312 competitors. The golfers will compete over 36 holes of stroke play on Monday and Tuesday, after which a cut of the low 64 players will be applied. Those who make the cut will advance to match play.
The par-70 layout will be set up at 7,334 yards for this week’s championship.
The Donald Ross designed courses has homed many elite championships, including:
- 1902-1951: North and South Open
- 1901-Present: North and South Amateur
- 1903-Present: North and South Women's Amateur
- 1936 PGA Championship
- 1951 Ryder Cup Matches
- 1962 U.S. Amateur
- 1973-1982: Hall of Fame Classic/World Open
- 1989 U.S. Women's Amateur
- 1991-92 PGA Tour Championship
- 1994 U.S. Senior Open
- 1999 U.S. Open
- 2005 U.S. Open
- 2008 U.S. Amateur
- 2014 U.S. Open
- 2014 U.S. Women's Open
- 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball
Goldenberg qualified at the Whippoorwill Club in Armonk, New York after carding a 139. Goldenberg recently finished his senior season on the Penn Men’s Golf team. During his collegiate career, Goldenberg earned 2017/18 GCAA All-Region, in the lineup for almost every tournament, and was named to multiple academic teams. Prior to college, the Scarsdale native helped his high school win the 2014 NYS Public High School State Championship, taking third individually. He was also an individual medalist at the 2014 New York State Federation Cup.
Griffiths shared co-medalist honors with McGaugh after shooting a 141 at their qualifier at Seven Oaks Golf Club in Hamilton, New York. Griffiths is entering his junior season on the Binghamton Men’s Golf team. Prior to college, the Binghamton native won the 2016 IMG Junior Worlds Qualifier. He finished third at the 2018 NYS Men’s Amateur.
Ito shared co-medalist honors with Ng after shooting a 137 at their qualifier at Port Jefferson Country Club in Port Jefferson, New York. Ito is entering his senior season on the Michigan Men’s Golf team. Prior to college, Ito qualified for four straight NYSPHSAA Golf Championships and was listed as the New York’s top overall player in the Class of 2016. The Ardsley native advanced to the Sweet 16 of match play at the 2016 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
McGaugh shared co-medalist honors with Griffiths after shooting a 141 at their qualifier at Seven Oaks Golf Club in Hamilton, New York. At the 2019 NYS Men’s Am, McGaugh was tied for the lead heading into the final day of play. He eventually finished in 26th. The Seven Oaks player is entering his senior season on the St. John Fischer College golf team.
Ng shared co-medalist honors with Ito after shooting a 137 at their qualifier at Port Jefferson Country Club in Port Jefferson, New York. Ng is entering his sophomore season on the Stanford University Men’s Golf team. Last season, Ng helped the team capture the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship. Prior to college, Ng was the 2018 NYSAIS Individual Champion and represented the Metropolitan Golf Association at the 2017 French-American Challenge and the 2017 Carey Cup.
Nicholas earned medalist honors at his sectional qualifier at the Hackensack Golf Club in Oradell, New Jersey, carding a 137. Nicholas competed in the 2017 U.S. Amateur. A two-time Ivy League Player of the Year, Nicholas recently graduated from Yale. During his collegiate career, Nicholas racked up five collegiate victories including the 2019 Ivy League Championship title. Nicholas also played one season of varsity football at Yale.
Ong earned medalist honors at his sectional qualifier at the Whippoorwill Club in Armonk, New York, carding a 133. At just 14 years old, Ong is one of the youngest competitors in the field. Ong won the 2018 Atlantic Coast Conference Junior Amateur with a score of seven-under 137. He also finished second at 2017 Optimist International Junior Golf Championships.
Thomson qualified at Mendon Golf Club in Rochester, New York after carding a 139. Thomson birdied the final hole to win the 96th New York State Men’s Amateur Championship. He also claimed back-to-back NYS Boys’ Sub-Junior Amateur titles in 2013 at Skaneateles Country Club and 2014 at Ridgemont Country Club. Thomson finished runner-up at the 2017 NYS Men’s Am by one stroke. The Pittsford player gained national attention after becoming the youngest player in history to qualify for the U.S. Amateur after doing so in 2014, at age 13. He recently finished his first season on University of Texas golf team. Thomson is currently ranked 452 on the World Amateur Golf Rankings.
Wu was exempt from qualifying from this year's championship since he qualified for the 2019 U.S. Open and is ranked Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Rankings (8). Wu finished 36th at the U.S. Open. He recently completed his senior season at Stanford University, where he helped the men's golf team win the NCAA Division I Championship over Texas. Wu was also a semifinalist at the 2018 Western Amateur and won the 2017 Porter Cup. The Scarsdale native also represented the USA in the 2019 Porter Cup.
Young was exempt from qualifying from this year's championship since he qualified for the 2019 U.S. Open and is ranked Top 50 in World Amateur Golf Rankings (44). Young missed the cut at the U.S. Open. The Scarborough native recently wrapped up his senior season on the Wake Forest Men's Golf team. During his collegiate career, Young was named to the All-ACC list three times, Honorable Mention All-American, and three time PING All-East Region. Prior to Wake Forest, Young played on the 2014 Junior Ryder Cup team and Junior World Cup team. He also won the the Met Junior.
Listed below are the tee times for Round 1 on Monday and Round 2 on Tuesday:
|NAMES||ROUND 1||ROUND 2|
|Josh Goldenberg||Hole 11 (No. 2) - 1:53 pm||Hole 1 (No. 4) - 8:38 am|
|DJ Griffiths||Hole 9 (No. 4) - 8:45 am||Hole 1 (No. 2) - 1:54 pm|
|Brent Ito||Hole 1 (No. 4) - 7:56 am||Hole 11 (No. 2) - 1:11 pm|
|Colin McGaugh||Hole 11 (No. 2) - 2:56 pm||Hole 1 (No. 4) - 9:41 am|
|Ethan Ng||Hole 1 (No. 4) - 2:14 pm||Hole 11 (No. 2) - 8:59 am|
|James Nicholas||Hole 9 (No. 4) - 1:58 pm||Hole 1 (No. 2) - 8:39 am|
|Zachary Ong||Hole 9 (No. 4) - 1:03 pm||Hole 1 (No. 2) - 7:46 am|
|Will Thomson||Hole 1 (No. 4) - 9:09 am||Hole 11 (No. 2) - 2:24 pm|
|Brandon Wu||Hole 1 (No. 4) - 2:45 pm||Hole 11 (No. 2) - 9:30 am|
|Cameron Young||Hole 9 (No. 4) - 12:51 pm||Hole 1 (No. 2) - 7:36 am|