CONWAY, S.C. -- Coastal Carolina has two men's golfers continuing their solid summer play this past week. Senior-to-be Zack Byrd qualified for his third straight U.S. Amateur Public Links, while three-time All-American Dustin Johnson rallied in the final round to capture the title at the Northeast Amateur.
Byrd finished third at the Sectional at Bryan Park Golf Club in Browns Summit, N.C., June 18, shooting a 138, four shots behind Nathan Stamey of Canton, N.C. who won the Sectional. Four players, including Byrd, moved on from the Sectional and will now play in the 82nd U.S. Amateur Public Links at Catigny Golf Club in Wheaton, Illinois, July 9-14, 2007.
Johnson was the only player to finish under par, firing a one-under 275 to win the 72-hole, 46th Northeast Amateur, June 20-22, at Wannamoisett Golf Club in Rumford, Rhode Island. Trailing by four shots after three rounds, he managed to survive the heavy winds and fast greens the best in the final round, shooting a one-over 70 to win by two shots over both Drew Kittleson (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Chris Kirk (Woodstock, Ga.). Johnson shot a blistering 65 in the first round to take the lead, but did not shoot under par the remainder of the tournament but outlasted the field. Ironically, Kirk (who played collegiately at Georgia) and Johnson were paired for two rounds as part of the U.S. Team two weeks ago at the Palmer Cup, going 1-1 in their two matches as a team and helping the U.S. recapture the cup.
Four players defending champion Carlton Forrester, Billy Horschel, Jarred Texter and Kyle Stanley finished tied for fourth at 2-over 278. The deep and talented field included 14 of the top 20 players in the Golfweek/Titleist Men's Amateur rankings.Top Five Finishers at 46th Northeast Amateur 1 Dustin Johnson N. Myrtle Beach, S.C. +1 F -1 64 69 72 70 275 T2 Drew Kittleson Scottsdale, Ariz. +1 F +1 68 68 71 70 277 T2 Chris Kirk Woodstock, Ga. +2 F +1 67 68 71 71 277 T4 Carlton Forrester Birmingham, Ala. Even F +2 68 72 69 69 278 T4 Jarred Texter Millersville, Pa. +2 F +2 67 65 75 71 278 T4 Kyle Stanley Gig Harbor, Wash. +3 F +2 66 70 70 72 278 T4 Billy Horschel Grant, Fla. +8 F +2 67 62 72 77 278