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The Tour Report

June 15 2011

5:03 PM

Uihlein, Henley among am contenders

BETHESDA, Md. -- Peter Uihlein, the reigning U.S. Amateur champion, is arguably the most well-known of the 12 amateurs in the field at Congressional this week. UCLA freshman Peter Cantley, who recently received the Jack Nicklaus Award as the top collegian, is also putting his abundant talent on display.

And if Steve Irwin’s name sounds familiar, it should -- his father Hale, who will be in his gallery, is a three-time U.S. Open champ. Not to mention, there’s one amateur who already has a professional victory under his belt.

That’s Russell Henley, who became just the second amateur to win on the Nationwide Tour when he captured the Stadion Classic at UGA last month. He decided not turn pro because he wants to play on the Walker Cup team later this summer.

So Henley comes to Congressional looking for back-to-back low amateur titles at the U.S. Open. He tied for  for 16th at Pebble Beach last year -- along with fellow am Scott Langley, who just graduated from Illinois but is not in the field this week.

Henley, who recently completed his senior year at Georgia, is the only one of the 12 amateurs in the field who has played in a U.S. Open. Here's a complete list:


Name Age School
Michael Barbosa 28 Georgia Tech
Brad Benjamin 24 Memphis
Patrick Cantley 19 UCLA
David Chung 21 Stanford
Russell Henley 22 Georgia
Beau Hossler 16 Santa Margarita High School
Steve Irwin 36 Colorado
Cheng-Tsung Pan 19 Washington
Brett Patterson 19 Middle Tennessee State
Scott Pinckney 22 Arizona State
Peter Uihlein 21 Oklahoma State
Chris Williams 19 Washington