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Four Wildcat Golfers Qualify for 2006 U.S. Amateur Championship
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: August 08, 2006
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Marks the most qualifiers in school history


TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Four University of Arizona men’s golf qualified for the 2006 United States Amateur Championship, a figure that is the most in school history.


Josh Esler, Ben Fox, Tyler Neal, and Brian Prouty will all compete for the 106th U.S. Amateur Championship, Aug. 21-27, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.


Esler, a senior from Wauconda, Ill., earned his spot by shooting a 144 at Foxford Hills Golf Course in Cary, Ill, on July 31.  Esler’s 144 tied for medalist honors at the sectional qualifier.  In 13 events last year at Arizona, Esler ranked third on the team with a 72.97 stroke average with five top-20 finishes.


Fox, a sophomore from Studio City, Calif., finished second with a 137 total at the sectional qualifier in Pasadena Calif., at Annandale Golf Club on Aug. 7.  He was the final Wildcat golfer to qualify for the event.  Last season, Fox ranked second on the squad with a 72.38 stroke average in 11 events.


Neal, a sophomore, and Prouty, a senior, both from Tucson, earned slots at the sectional qualifier at Talking Rock Golf Course in Prescott, Ariz., on July 24-25.  Prouty finished second with a 128 tally, while Neal tied for third place with a 141.  Prouty posted a 73.12 stroke average for Arizona in 11 events in 2005-06, while Neal sat out the season as a redshirt.


Arizona’s previous best for most U.S. Amateur Championship qualifiers was three, last equaled in 2002 when Ricky Barnes, Reid Hatley and Chris Nallen all participated in the 102nd Amateur Championship at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.  Incidentally, Barnes won the event with a 2-and-1 win over Hunter Mahan.


Hazeltine National is a par-72, 7,329-yard layout.  It marks the first time the course has hosted the U.S. Amateur.

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