Drops decision in 19 holes in bid to reach finals
TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Former University of Arizona men's golfer Chris Nallen lost in 19 holes in the semifinals of match play at the 2004 United States Amateur Championship Saturday at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.
A native of Hackettstown, N.J., Nallen was downed by Luke List of Ringgold, Ga., in 19 holes, ending his bid to advance to Sunday’s final. Seeded 10th after stroke play, Nallen never led in this match, bucking a trend throughout match play in which he had jumped out to early leads in three of his previous four victories.
List held as much as a 3-up lead in this match and held a 2-up after the 15th hole when play was suspended at 1:31 p.m. EDT due to stormy weather. When play resumed at 5 p.m., Nallen closed the gap to 1-down with a par on 16 and evened the match with a birdie on No. 18 to send the match to extra holes.
The sixth-seeded List clinched victory with a birdie on the 19th hole. He will meet top-seed Ryan Moore in tomorrow’s 36-hole final. That match is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. EDT. The 104th U.S. Amateur concludes Sunday at Winged Foot Golf Club, a par 70, 7,266-yard layout.