Josh Esler and Ben Fox both moved on in amateur golf’s premier event following 36 holes of stroke play. Fox, a sophomore from
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.