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Waynesboro's Bricker guns for Pa. Am title

DIVOTS --

July 27, 2008|By TIM KOELBLE

Waynesboro, Pa.'s Chad Bricker begins his hunt for a second title in the Pennsylvania State Amateur Championship on Monday.

A two-time WACO champion, the 21-year-old Bricker will be one of 129 players in the amateur field that will also include Mark Yost and Chip Wolfe of Chambersburg, Pa.

The Amateur will be played at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa., and will run through Wednesday as it covers 54 holes.

Bricker won the tournament in 2006, which earned him a 10-year exemption, not just into the Amateur but also the Pennsylvania Open slated for Aug. 11-13.

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"I'm ready and I think I can win again, feeling good about my game," said Bricker, who will be a senior at Penn State University.

Yost is the Chambersburg High School golf coach and will playing in his third amateur event.

Bricker tees off at 1:40 Monday afternoon, Yost starts at 7:40 a.m. and Wolfe tees off at 8.

Saucon Valley will play to 6,900 yards and par 72. It has been the site of the 1951 U.S. Amateur and the 1992 and 2000 U.S. Senior Open and will host the U.S. Women's Open next year.

Going elsewhere

Chambersburg's Clayton Rotz is also exempt for the Amateur, based on his 31st-place finish last year, but will not compete.

Instead, he will take his game north and play in the Western Amateur Wednesday through Aug. 3 at Point O' Woods Golf Club in Benton Harbor, Mich.

Rotz will be coming off a sterling two-day performance at Blue Ridge Country Club in Harrisburg, Pa., where he qualified for a position in the U.S. Amateur Championship for a third time.

He posted rounds of 71 and 73 last Wednesday and Thursday to gain one of three available spots out of Harrisburg.

"I'm really happy to qualify," said Rotz. "I could have played and scored better, but I'm looking forward to Pinehurst."

The historic No. 2 Course at Pinehurst (N.C.) will host the national amateur, famed for its signature crowned greens on a coure designed by Donald Ross. The amateur will be contested Aug. 18-24.

Past winners of the U.S. Amateur include Tiger Woods (1994), Justin Leonard (1992, 1993), Phil Mickelson (1991), Chris DiMarco (1988), Curtis Strange (1974), Ben Crenshaw (1973) and Jack Nicklaus (1961) among others.

Tim Koelble is a staff writer for The Herald-Mail. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2024, or by email at koelble@herald-mail.com

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