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Fox, Esler Qualify for Match Play at 2006 U.S. Amateur Championship
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: August 23, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Two of four Wildcats move on from stroke play portion of event


TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Two University of Arizona men’s golfers qualified for the match play portion of the 2006 United States Amateur Championship Tuesday following two days of stroke play competition at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.


Josh Esler and Ben Fox both moved on in amateur golf’s premier event following 36 holes of stroke play.  Fox, a sophomore from Studio City, Calif., shot 78-67=145 (+2) over the two days and is tied for 30th place.  Esler, a senior from Wauconda, Ill., shot 78-68=146 (+3) to tie for 43rd place.


Following 36 holes of stroke play the field was reduced to the top 64 players and ties.


The stroke play portion of the 2006 U.S. Amateur was played over two courses, Hazeltine National, a par 72, 7,473-yard layout and the Chaska Town Course, a par 71, 6,753-yard layout.  Both Fox and Esler benefited from playing the shorter of the two courses today, as the Wildcat duo were a combined seven strokes under par on Tuesday.


Two other Wildcats, senior Brian Prouty and sophomore Tyler Neal, qualified for the event but did not advance.  Prouty shot a 76-73=149 (+6) to tie for 100th place.  Prouty missed advancing by one stroke.  Neal carded a 83-70=153 (+10) and tied for 201st place.


The match play portion of the U.S. Amateur will be played at Hazeltine National.  The event continues through Sunday, Aug. 27  Arizona's four qualifiers in the event were the most in school history. 


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