Phila.-area golfers to compete in U.S. Amateur Championship

Posted: August 10, 2014

Temple teammates Brandon Matthews and Matthew Teesdale are among Philadelphia-area players who will compete in the 114th U.S. Amateur Championship, beginning Monday at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

Others who are part of the 312-player field include Chris Crawford of Bensalem; former Haverford resident John Sawin, now living in San Francisco; and J.D. Dornes and David Denlinger, both of Lancaster.

The championship will begin with 36-hole stroke play qualifying Monday and Tuesday. The field will then be cut to the low 64 for Wednesday's opening round of match play over the Atlanta Athletic Club's Highlands course, site of the 2000 and the 2011 PGA Championships.

The 36-hole championship match will take place Aug. 17.

Matthews, who is entering his junior year with the Owls, won three matches at last year's Amateur at the Country Club in Brookline, Mass., advancing to the quarterfinals before being eliminated. The resident of Dupont, Pa., has played a more national schedule this season after being named 2013 player of the year in the Golf Association of Philadelphia.

Teesdale, a senior-to-be from Maple Glen, captured the Philadelphia Open last month at Applebrook and won the GAP Silver Cross award for lowest aggregate 72-hole score in Philadelphia Amateur qualifying and the Patterson Cup.

Crawford, going into his junior year at Drexel, is competing in the U.S. Amateur for the third time in the last four years and is seeking his first trip to match play.

Sawin, a Merion member who gave up a lucrative banking job on the West Coast to engage in a number of 2014 amateur tournaments, is coming off a victory in the Pennsylvania Amateur at Oakmont.

Denlinger, who made the match play round in 2011, is a recent graduate of Charleston Southern. Dornes is heading into his junior year at Penn State. His Nittany Lions classmate, Chris Houston of Gilford, N.H., also will compete in the U.S. Amateur.


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