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Six Cardinal players in the field of the U.S. Amateur

 

The Stanford men's golf program would have its own team entered if the U.S. Amateur Championships, which began Monday, were a team tournament.

The Cardinal boasts of six players competing in the event at the par 72 Erin Hills Golf Course.

Senior David Chung, sophomore Andrew Yun, junior Steven Kearney, sophomore Cameron Wilson and incoming freshman Patrick Rodgers join grad Graham Brockington in the field.

Chung had a memorable run last year including a runner-up finish in last year's U.S. Amateur where he overcame a three-stroke deficit in the semifinals to defeat defending champion Byeong-Hun AN and reach the final against eventual champion Peter Uihlein.

Chung's season included a spot on the victorious U.S. Palmer Cup team, individual wins at the Porter Cup and Western Amateur, and invitations to compete in the Master's and U.S. Open.

The tournament opens with two days of stroke play, with the 64 lowest finishers advancing to match play. Six rounds of head-to-head competition begin Wednesday with the 36-hole final match scheduled for Sunday.

In related news, Steve Ziegler, a four-year letterwinner who graduated with a 3.27 grade point average as a science, technology and society major, was named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

It marks the second straight year Ziegler has earned All-America Scholar status from the GCAA.

Yun was one of 24 honorees named to the All-Nicklaus Team by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Players from Division I, II, III, NAIA and NJCAA were recognized for their outstanding play during the just-completed collegiate season.

Yun earned first team PING All-America honors after collecting seven top-five finishes on the year, including his first collegiate victory at The Prestige at PGA West, where he carded a final round 65 to finish 12-under par for the 54-hole event. Five of his six Top 5 finishes came in succession in the spring.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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