Morgan, Dressler Fall in 1st Round of U.S. Amateur
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — LSU men’s golfer Alan Morgan lost, 3-and-1, in the first round of the 2000 U.S. Amateur Match-Play Championships on Wednesday at the Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J. Tiger senior Billy Dressler later lost in a sudden death playoff.
After qualifying locally, the Morgan and Dressler advanced to the U.S. Amateur qualifying round.
Both managed to advance to the 64-player match-play format by shooting a pair of 146s (72-74 for Morgan and 73-73 for Dressler) in the two-round stroke play competition on Monday and Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Morgan was up three holes on the front nine before falling to Jedd McLuen of Culbert, Ga., 3-and-1. Meanwhile, Dressler and Ricky Barnes of Stockton, Calif., were all square through 18 holes and went into a sudden death playoff.
Dressler then lost on the second hole of the playoff.
Barnes, who qualified in fifth place (140) will be a member of the four-man U.S. team at the World Amateur Team Championships next month. McLuen qualified with a score of 142.
Morgan and Dressler, both from Lake Charles, La., will be seniors on the LSU men’s golf team in the 2000-01 season.
The 64-player field match-play championship continues through Sunday.