ATLANTA (August 16) — Georgia Tech’s golf team will have more than half of its team playing in the 1999 U.S. Amateur Championship, which starts today at the Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif. Five of the nine Yellow Jacket golfers that will be competing are Matt Kuchar, Bryce Molder, Carlton Forrester, Wes Latimer and Matt Weibring.
Kuchar, the 1997 champion, and Molder each had automatic entry by virtue of being quarterfinalists a year ago, while Forrester, Latimer and Weibring all played their way in at regional qualifiers. Tech is again one of the nation’s leading four-year institutes in number of qualifiers and it had six in a year ago.
Monday and Tuesday’s rounds consist of stroke play as 312 qualifiers are reduced to the lowest 64 scorers, who will advance to match play. The competition will be held on the par 71, 6,828-yard Pebble Beach Golf Links and the par 72, 6,828-yard Spyglass Hill Golf Club the first two days, with match play being contested solely on the famed Pebble Beach course during the remainder of the week. Match play will begin Wednesday with the opening round, with second and third rounds following Thursday and the quarterfinals through finals being played Friday-Sunday.
Television coverage will consist of ESPN showing Wednesday-Friday action from 3-6 p.m. EST, and NBC carrying the Saturday-Sunday semifinals and finals from 4:30-6:30 p.m. EST.