16, of Grand Forks, N.D., sank a 22-foot putt for a birdie on the first
extra hole to claim the 1996 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship title at
Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz.
defeated Charles Howell, 17, of Augusta, Ga., who had tied the match by
winning the par-5 18th hole with a two-putt birdie from 12 feet.
out in front in the 18-hole final by winning three of the first four holes.
He didn't win another hole, however, until the 18th.
chipped away at Howell's early lead and then made birdies from six and
20 feet at the 13th and 14th to take a 1 up advantage. He didn't miss
a single fairway off the tee and missed only three greens in regulation.
and Howell lost in the first round of match play in 1995, but Howell advanced
to the semifinal round in 1993 and 1994.
putt as well in the final as he did in most of his other matches. For
example, he one-putted six times in nine holes to close out Todd Miller,
16, of Napa, Calif., son of 1973 U.S. Open champion Johnny Miller.
to many juniors who advanced to the final stages of match play, McMenamy
said he is able to practice golf only six months of the year.
the most of the summer of 1996. In addition to being national champion,
he also reigned as the North Dakota match play champion.
Junior Amateur, Flagstaff was nearing a draught emergency. Extended rains
on three consecutive days, however, pushed the final two rounds from Saturday
to Sunday (July 28). There was even a 10-minute delay in the final match
because two elk were grazing near the seventh green.
other novelties in the championship supporting the youth movement in golf.
Kevin Na of La Canada, Calif., made the field of 156 as a 12-year-old.
And Thomas Lee of Lake Mary, Fla., and Kenneth Lewis of South Dennis,
Mass., made the match play field of 64 at age 14.
accepted a record 3,498 entries for the championship, nearly 500 more
than the previous high set in 1995.