Three lasting images from the Amateur
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – What a U.S. Amateur Championship! I’m sad to leave Chambers Bay, but three things will stay with me from the week on the Puget Sound:
U.S. Amateur (Championship match)
Peter Uihlein beat David Chung, 4 and 2, to win the 110th U.S. Amateur Championship at Chambers Bay.
1.) The match. The amateur summer could not have ended any better. Peter Uihlein vs. David Chung seemed to be fitting to determine the summer’s main man. Chung tried to hang tough with Uihlein, but Peter truly was better Sunday. Chung just couldn’t get into a rhythm and hit consecutive good shots. Uihlein appeared to play flawlessly and that’s why he was crowned champion at Chambers Bay.
2.) The crowds. Most amateur events during the summer just have the golf club’s members following players. It’s tough for players to get amped up in such a subdued atmosphere. That wasn’t the case at Chambers Bay. The crowds were loud after every shot. They left wanting more. That’s the way a championship should end. The fans made this a great championship. Players fed off the energy and got excited, and in turn, impressed the gallery. Over 33,000 fans attended, and that was a great sight to see and hear.
3.) The weather. There was no humidity or rain at Chambers Bay. There wasn’t even a drizzle. To say the weather was perfect would be an understatement. Across the country, temperatures seem to be 90-plus degrees. We barely reached 70 in Tacoma, except for one day when the temperature reached 80. Playing conditions were absolutely ideal. It made the week that much better. It was a nice change not to hear a player complain about wind, heat or rain.