Benjamin cruises through Round of 64

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UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Lots of attention at this week’s U.S. Amateur is going to the usual big names at the event (Peter Uihlein, Scott Langley, and David Chung). Deservedly so.

However, one name that continuously gets overlooked is the 2009 U.S. Public Links champion Brad Benjamin. This summer Benjamin has not had a big win, but he has played well. To start the summer he finished T-3 at the Sunnehanna. He followed that strong performance with a second at the Northeast Amateur. His other amateur finishes in 2010 include a T-16 at the Jones Cup, T-25 at the Monroe, and a T-40 at the Porter Cup.

Today at Chambers Bay, Benjamin is once again trying to make a run at a USGA Championship. In round one he defeated Tommy McDonagh convincingly, 6 & 5.

Earlier in the summer Benjamin made it clear as to why he did not want to turn pro after the Masters this year. “I want to play for Team USA at the Walker Cup,” he said.

The Walker Cup is still a whole year away, but Benjamin, who graduated from Memphis, in the Spring of 2009 is still continuing to hold out. It’s a risky move considering it’s no guarantee he will be given a chance to don the Red, White, and Blue.

This week at Chambers Bay though is the week of opportunity for a guy like Benjamin. Here in the Northwest the USGA and Captain Jim Holtgrieve are in attendance scouting and looking for those special players to make the sqaud.

Brad Benjamin is a name that continuously gets overlooked, but if another run occurs at the Amateur the real question should be why?

One round down, and plenty more to go. We will just have to wait and see if Benjamin’s decision to stay amateur will work out in the end.

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