Oklahoma State junior Peter Uihlein has a good reason – actually two – to celebrate Sunday night. Uihlein turned 21 years old on Sunday but also cemented his ranking as the No. 1 amateur player in the nation by winning the 110th U.S. Amateur with a 4 and 2 victory over David Chung in the 36-hole final match at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.
Uihlein led from start to finish as he defeated Chung, a junior at Stanford whom the OSU golfer was familiar with from their years of playing junior golf. As a matter of fact, Chung had a 2-1 match play record against Uihlein entering Sunday's final, including a 1-up victory in the Oklahoma State-Stanford quarterfinal match at the NCAA Championships in June.
But Uihlein made the shots when it counted Sunday and becomes the fourth player in Oklahoma State history to win the U.S. Amateur. He joins former Cowboys Labron Harris Jr. (1962), Bob Dickson (1967) and Scott Verplank (1984) in capturing the Havemeyer Trophy awarded to the U.S. Amateur champion.
Uihlein had earned a qualifying spot in next summer's U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club by reaching Sunday's finals, but by winning the U.S. Amateur title he also will probably earn an invitation to the 2011 Masters and the 2011 British Open.