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Tim Straub

Tim Straub, 16, of Orchard Park, New York, won the Junior Amateur Championship, 1 up, over John Mahon, of Glendora, California, on the Old Course of Saucon Valley Country Club, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Runner-up in the 1982 Championship, Straub thus became only the fourth player to reach the final twice.

The others were Mason Rudolph (1949-1950), Eddie Pearce (1968-69), and Mike Brannan (1971 and 1973). Straub qualified for match play with a 149 total, three strokes behind medalist Anthony Adams, of Toronto, Canada, who shot rounds of 74-72-146. Adams was eliminated in the second round by Robert McNamara, of Frankfort, Kentucky, 2 and 1.

In the quarter-finals, Straub faced Bob Estes, of Abilene, Texas, whom he had defeated in the 1982 quarter-finals. Straub played the last 11 holes even par to win 4 and 2. Although Straub bogeyed four of the first seven holes of the final match, he held a 1 up lead. The most exciting moment of the match came at the 604-yard par-5 15th, where Mahon holed a winding 50-foot birdie putt, and Straub matched it with a four-footer of his own.

Mahon won the 17th when Straub played a weak recovery from a greenside bunker. Only 1 up, Straub closed out the match with a par on the 18th. The Junior Amateur attracted 1,816 entries.

 
Championship Facts

Junior Amateur

PAR AND YARDAGE – For the U.S. Junior Amateur, Trump National Golf Club’s Old Course will play at 7,100 yards and a par of 35-36—71. The New Course will play at 6,998/7,159 yards and a par of 36-36—72.

COURSE SETUP – The USGA Course Rating® and USGA Slope Rating® for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Trump National Golf Club are 75.8/146 (Old Course) and 74.3/144 (New Course).

ADMISSION – Admission is free. Tickets are not needed for this USGA championship and spectators are encouraged to attend.

ARCHITECT – Trump National Golf Club’s Old Course was designed by Tom Fazio and opened in 2004. The New Course was designed by Tom Fazio II (Tom’s nephew) and opened in 2008.

SCHEDULE OF PLAY:
Monday, July 20 — First round, stroke play (18 holes) — New Course

Tuesday, July 21 — Second round, stroke play (18 holes) — Old Course

Wednesday, July 22 — First round, match play (18 holes) — New Course

Thursday, July 23 — Second round, match play (18 holes); Third round, match play (18 holes) — Old Course

Friday, July 24 — Quarterfinals, match play (18 holes); Semifinals, match play (18 holes) — New Course

Saturday, July 25 — Final, match play (36 holes) — New Course

ENTRIES – A total of 2,916 contestants entered the 2009 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. The record of 4,508 entrants was set in 1999.

 

 

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