17, of Ashland, Ore., withstood an eleventh-hour comeback by Trevor Immelman,
17, of Cape Town, South Africa, to win the 1997 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship,
1 up, at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa.
player made a birdie in the championship match until the 15th hole, when
Allred sank a chip shot from 30 yards to take a 2-up advantage over Immelman.
But Immelman was not ready to surrender."
after making that chip shot on 15," said Allred. "But I learned that you
can't do that against a player like Trevor."
pushed his drive on the 16th hole to the right of the fairway, Immelman
hit a second-shot driver from the rough to five yards short of the green.
He won the hole with an up-and-down birdie, and after sinking a 10-foot
birdie putt on 17, he squared the match.But Immelman's comeback proved
too little too late. A two-putt par on 18 gave Allred his first national
showed everyone what kind of golfer he is with the birdies at 16 and 17,
which was just awesome under those circumstances," said Allred, the only
player in the field to have competed in this championship in each of the
last four years. "I never thought I'd get nervous, but I did walking up
the 18th hole. Winning in front of that many people was such an unexplainable
to the championship match after defeating Chris Zeller of Boca Raton,
Fla., 5 and 4. Immelman won his morning match by the same margin over
Sean O'Hair of Scottsdale, Ariz.
notable players competed in the 50th U.S. Junior Amateur. Todd Miller,
17, of Napa, Calif., son of Senior PGA Tour player Johnny Miller, advanced
to the first round of match play, and Andreas Huber, 17, of Garden City,
N.Y., son of daytime soap opera actress Susan Lucci, advanced to the quarterfinal
round before being eliminated.
accepted a record 4,012 entries for the 1997 championship, beating the
previous record of 3,498 set in 1996. A record number of entries has been
accepted for this championship every year since 1993. In that time, entries
have increased 59.52 percent.