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By Kent Larsen

Two LDS Golfers Seeking US Amateur Championship, Records

ATLANTA, GEORGIA -- Two LDS golfers are among the eight that made the quarterfinal round of the US Amateur Championship yesterday, and both are seeking to set records by winning the championship. Utah golfer Danny Summerhays is just three wins away from passing Tiger Woods as the youngest US Amateur Champion, while Oregon's Jeff Quinney would become only the fourth man to repeat as champion in the last 50 years, and the first since Tiger Woods' three-peat in 1994-1996.

Summerhays, 17, plays this weekend before starting his senior year of high school on Monday in Farmington, Utah. He is no slouch academically either, maintaining a 4.0 GPA and the No. 1 ranking among the 754 students in his class. He says managing that isn't easy, "It's tough, but you have to set your priorities and school is first," he said. "You can find time (to play golf). There's always time for that."

But unlike so many promising high school golfers these days, he has no plans to turn pro immediately. Instead, Danny will attend BYU for two years and then serve an LDS mission before considering a shot at the PGA tour. "I wouldn't want to do that (turn pro so young) because I love high school and my friends. I don't want to miss that. I think the mentality and the emotional maturity you gain on a mission will really help you in the long run."

As the reigning US Amateur Champion, Quinney has had some great opportunities, including the chance to play in the Master's tournament in April. He also got to play in the US Open in June and the British Open in July, in both cases paired with defending champions. He also has exceptions that allow him to play in seven PGA Tour events, which he plans to use when he turns Pro this fall to jump start his career.

Quinney, 22, graduated earlier this year from Arizona State University. He is the youngest of four sons of Bob and Leslie Quinney of Eugene, Oregon. He has played well for ASU, becoming a second team All-American in 1999 and NCAA West Regional Champion that same year. He also set a ASU record by shooting a 62 on the University's Karsten Golf Course April 18, 1999.

Yesterday, Summerhays won two matches, including a re-match in the afternoon against recent BYU graduate Billy Harvey, who Summerhays defeated in 1999 to win the Utah State Amateur. He also defeated Texas Tech junior Brooks Kelly that morning and a college coach earlier in the week.

Despite the chance to set a record, Summerhays says that the pressure isn't getting to him, "I know I'm the underdog when I go out there. There's no pressure on me." But, he admits, he didn't expect to get this far, "It's definitely beyond my expectations. I was just hoping to get into match play and give that a shot." But many in Utah are expecting great things from him, both because of his early success, and because of his family name. His older brother Boyd has also been an amateur contender in Utah, his cousin Carrie plays on BYU's women's golf team, and his uncle, Bruce, is on the PGA Senior Tour.

Quinney, meanwhile, beat 2000 Amateur Public Links champion D. J. Trahan in the morning yesterday and then went on to defeat Kris Mikkelsen in the afternoon for his shot at the title. He says he hadn't given the chance to repeat as champion much thought, "Now that I'm into the quarters, it's probably the first time I'm actually thinking about" winning the title, Quinney said. "Before that, you know it's a long shot."


Quinney advances to U.S. Amateur quarterfinals
GolfWeb 23Aug01 S2
Associated Press

17-year-old still alive at U.S. Amateur
GOLF Online (AP) 23Aug01 S2
By Paul Newberry: Associated Press

U.S. Amateur: Golf drama in truest sense
Atlanta GA Journal-Constitution 24Aug01 S2
By Furman Bisher: Staff

Summerhays Advances to Am Quarters
Salt Lake Tribune 24Aug01 S2

Summerhays, Hailes Make Match Play
Salt Lake Tribune 22Aug01 S2

Summerhays' Surge Into Lead in the Stars
Salt Lake Tribune 19Aug01 S2
By Kurt Kragthorpe: Salt Lake Tribune

See also:

A Potential Star's First Masters


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