Chung wins Western Amateur golf title at Skokie Country Club

Former Stanford football center Mattran signs with the Rams

Stanford junior David Chung beat Pac-10 rival Gregor Main of UCLA, 2 and 1, in the final match to capture the title of the Western Amateur at historic Skokie Country Club on Saturday.

"The Western Amateur is definitely the biggest tournament I've won," Chung said during the awards ceremony. "It's held on one of the most prestigious courses in the nation, it's a grueling format, and the match play element of it makes it mentally demanding. It's a lot of golf. It's an endurance test."

Chung, who won the Porter Cup last week in Niagara Falls, rallied from two holes down to Main early in the final match. He birdied five of his first six holes on the back nine to highlight his recovery.

"Making birdie on 11, 12, and 13 and only getting one back there was tough," Main said.

Chung sank a 20-foot uphill putt for birdie on the 14th hole, breaking a tie. Main's tee shot hit a tree and dropped down into a fairway bunker 195 yards from the green.

"That was a great putt to have go in," Chung said. "It was like retribution."


The St. Louis Rams signed former Cardinal center Tim Mattran on Friday, increasing to 20 the number of Stanford grads in NFL training camps.

Mattran signed with the Rams in March, but was released later in the spring. He has been on the practice squads of the Minnesota Vikings and Oakland Raiders, but has yet to play in a regular-season game.

Also, former Stanford All-American Troy Walters was named receivers coach at Texas A&M.

Walters, who played in the NFL for several seasons, was a late replacement for veteran coach Steve Kraghthorpe, who resigned suddenly because of family issues. Walters' father, Trent, was an assistant with the Aggies in 1991-93.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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