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Peter Uihlein Wins the U. S. Amateur Championship Bay State Native Peter Uihlein Defeats David Chung to Capture the 104th U.S. Amateur Championship at Chambers Bay Golf Course (WA)

Peter Uihlein right, accepts the Havemeyer Trophy from USGA president jim Hyler, left, after Uihlein beat David Chung 4 and 2 in the final round of the U.S. Amateur golf tournament, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2010, at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.

It was a 21st birthday that Peter Uihlein will never forget. e New Bedford native who now resides in Orlando captured the 104th U.S. Amateur Championship on Sunday afternoon at Chambers Bay Golf Course in Seattle, Washington. Uihlein, the No. 1 ranked amateur in the world according to the Royal & Ancient, defeated Stanford's David Chung by a score of 4 and 2. It marks the first major championship victory for the Oklahoma State junior who – as a result of his victory on Sunday – earned a berth into next year's U.S. Open and British Open and an invitation to the Masters. "Yeah, it's definitely the best birthday present I've ever had in my life," said Uihlein, following his victory. "I'm looking forward to going back home tonight and seeing the boys and hopefully having a good time." It's hard to believe that it was seven years ago when Uihlein won his third straight Boys Division title (2001, 2002 and 2003) at the Massachusetts Junior Amateur Championship. Not long after that record-setting win, the New Bedford native moved to Bradenton (FL) to attend the David Leadbetter Golf Academy.

Jimmy Hazen Wins Providence Open By Matt Manco

PROVIDENCE: Jimmy Hazen’s charmed round began on the par three seventh hole. Coming off consecutive birdies Hazen hit a 6i that hopped, stopped, and spun into the cup. e ace gave him a one stroke lead over first round leader Jimmy Lytle. “As soon as I hit it I knew it was good the whole way” Hazen said, but looking up on the elevated green he didn’t know he’d made the tournament’s only ace until he saw the gallery go wild. Hazen chipped in for birdie from off the tenth green to keep pace with the leaders, but he saved his most dramatic save for the 18th. In the right rough needing to make birdie to force a playoff with Jesse Larson, Hazen sent his approach long and left leaving himself with a better look at the cart path than the pin. But just like holes six and ten his pitch found the bottom of the cup. Larson, looking on from the putting green, watched the final group come in hoping his final round 65 would hold off Hazen and Lytle. Lytle had an uphill chip from 20 feet finish just short, denying him a spot in the playoff. His -11 twoday total was good for a solo third finish. Hazen and Larson returned to the 18th tee for a sudden death playoff where both players pushed drives right. Hazen had nearly the same shot he hit long on the 36th hole and this time his approach came up just short. Larson’s approach from the trees

missed left and his chip ran five feet past the hole. Both players had uphill putts for par to extend the tournament, Hazen buried his eight footer while Larson’s shorter putt burned the top edge giving Hazen another New England area tournament win this season. e win puts Hazen in the driver’s seat for the second half of the Qualifying Tournament this weekend at Crestwood Country Club. Eighteen pros are competing for one paid entry into this fall’s PGA Tour Qualifying School, Larson and Hazen will go to Crestwood with a one stroke lead on the field. Hazen shot an opening 67 that put him in a fiveway tie for second place, but in an event Tournament Director Dave Adamonis Jr called a "shootout" it was going to take another low round to take the title. His second day 65 gives Hazen another mantle piece to put next to the Massachusetts Open championship trophy he won in June.

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