Upon Further Review…Wyman Is In
Turns out that two-time Maine Amateur Golf Tournament champion Jack Wyman will be play in next month's 118th United States Amateur Championship at Pebble Beach in California.
Five days ago, Wyman lost in a sudden death playoff to Massachusetts amateur Matthew Cowgill that determined in the second and final qualifying spot for the national tournament.
Yesterday Wyman got a call from the United States Golf Association (USGA) informing him that he was moved up on the list of alternates to go to the U.S. Amateur.
The call was the one that Wyman had hoped for but never really expected. After all, who would withdraw from the U.S. Amateur when it’s at Pebble Beach of all places? But some player somewhere in the country did indeed withdraw, which opened the door for Wyman.
At The Ledges qualifier (York, Maine) there were 74 players competing for two spots, whereas some other qualifiers around the country in past weeks had around 80 players competing for three spots. This made The Ledges qualifier more difficult to advance through, which elevated Wyman’s status among other first alternates because he possibly could have gotten in at a different venue with a similar field size. - Maine State Golf Association Press Release
So Wyman is in and heads to Pebble Beach for the August 13-19 event.
NOTE: Minot's Will Kannegieser will be the other Mainer at Pebble Beach. He earned his spot at a qualifier in Massachusetts. Kannegieser plays golf for Williams College in Mass.