DeHuff, Sanders Begin Play at U.S. Amateur on Monday
Aug. 11, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - Two members of the Pepperdine men's golf team - senior Jeremy Sanders and junior Kevin DeHuff - have headed east to take part in the prestigious U.S. Amateur Championship, which begins on Monday.
The event will be held at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. Two rounds of stroke play will be held on Monday and Tuesday (August 12-13), and the top 64 golfers will advance to match play, which runs through Sunday (August 14-18).
DeHuff (Coto de Caza, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic HS), who will be making his first U.S. Amateur appearance, won a qualifier at Goose Creek Golf Club in Mira Loma, Calif., on July 16. He also played in the Porter Cup this summer.
"I'm really pumped about it, it's going to be a great tournament," DeHuff said. "I'm already out here with my mom, dad and brother, and I played the course yesterday. It's in awesome shape. It's going to be a challenge but I'm really excited about it. It's a chance to prove myself in front of a big audience."
Sanders (Chatsworth, Calif./New Community Jewish HS/Redlands) played a part in DeHuff's success, as he served as his caddy during the qualifier. Sanders' brother Jonathan, who plays at Washington, finished second at the qualifier in Mira Loma and also advanced.
"That was a really cool day," DeHuff said. "I had a great first round with a 67. I stayed calm and confident out there, shot a 71 in the afternoon and that was good enough for the win. I was a little surprised to get first place out of it but I felt like 4-under was good enough to qualify. That was a special day that I'll never forget."
Sanders followed with a third-place finish at a qualifier at nearby Saticoy Country Club in Somis, Calif., on July 29. Sanders has had quite a summer, as he won the L.A. City Championship and tied for second at the Trans-Miss Championship. He'll be playing in his second straight U.S. Amateur.
Sanders led the Waves with a 73.96 stroke average this past season. DeHuff, who made the West Coast Conference's All-Academic first team, was also a regular in the lineup and averaged 74.67 strokes.