Two Make Cut At Amateur

Two University of Alabama golfers, Mark Harrell and Michael Thompson, made the cut and advanced to match play Wednesday at the 2007 U.S. Amateur. The tournament is being held at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

A field of 315 golfers, narrowed from the original field of 7,398 in qualifiers held around the country, played two rounds of stroke play on Monday and Tuesday. The cut for match play was 7-over par, with 17 players in a playoff for the final six spots. Fog delayed the finish both days, and 54 of the golfers in the field had to finish their second round play on Wednesday morning before the scheduled match play could begin. Jason Kokrak, 22, of Warren, Ohio, won the strokes play, shooting 2-under-par 68 in the second round for a total of 3-under, 137. Kokrak also qualified for and played in the 2007 U.S. Open.

Crimson Tide seniors Harrell and Thompson are in the same bracket for match play and could potentially draw one another. Thompson is playing Walker Cup team member and Wake Forest golfer Webb Simpson in the first round of match play. Thompson finished T-39th in match play, shooting 75-70 to finish 5-over. Harrell, who finished second in stroke play at the 2006 U.S. Amateur, drew Phil Hendrickson of Danville, Ky., for the first round. Harrell finished T-25th in stroke play, shooting 74-70/144.

Alabama also had Matt Hughes participating in the U.S. Amateur, making his first appearance. He shot 83-71/154 and finished T-187.

The field used two courses for stroke play, the Ocean Course and the Lakeside Course. The Lakeside Course is being used for all of the match play. The championship concludes on Sunday with a 36-hole final where the winner will receive a berth at the 2008 U.S. Open and British Open and likely an invitation to play in the 2008 Masters Tournament.


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