Aug. 9, 2007
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis golfer Matt Marshall, an honoree on last season's All-Division I Independent teams, will play in his first U.S. Amateur Championship beginning Aug. 20 at Olympic Club in San Francisco after qualifying earlier this week at Del Rio Country Club in Modesto.
Marshall had rounds of 70 and 71 at Monday's qualifier, tying for second at 141 with UC Davis teammate Nate Pistacchio, UCLA standout Daniel Lim and Tim Breland of Stockton. Marshall and Lim advanced after a four-way playoff, joining winner Jeff Burda of Modesto who had a two-round total of 139.
Pistacchio, who like Marshall is also entering his senior season at UC Davis, is the qualifier's second alternate to the national championship tournament.
Marshall finished second on the Aggies last season with a 73.1 average, highlighting his year with an eighth-place finish at the Callaway Golf Invitational at the University of San Diego in March. He had four sub-70 rounds, including a trio of 68's, during his first year with the Aggies, earning All-Independent second-team honors and recognition on the All-Newcomer team.
"I'm very happy for Matt," said UC Davis head coach Cy Williams. "He's an excellent player who works very hard on his game and qualifying for the U.S. Amateur has been one of his goals. It will be fun to watch him play the Olympic Club. He has the skills to match up with the best amateurs in the country and to do great things in this event."
Former Aggies Scott Gordon, Louie Bishop and Brett Borchers all qualified for the 2003 U.S. Amateur at Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh, Pa. Current UC Davis team member Ramie Sprinkling narrowly missed qualifying for this year's event after finishing just one stroke away at a qualifier in Southern California, while former Aggie Min Woo advanced from a qualifier at North Ridge Country Club.
Match play for the 107th U.S. Amateur begins on Aug. 20 at the Olympic Club with the second round scheduled for Aug. 21. The top 64 finishers will advance to match play with a 36-hole final scheduled for Aug. 26.