OU Golfer Brad Dalke Headed to US Amateur Championship

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"You just never know what happens in match play, and obviously this is kind of a big hump in the U.S. Amateur, making it to the finals, just because of all the stuff that you get along with it".

Mr Fee said Luck was a mature young man who lived and breathed golf.

Well, now he can.

Hamilton High graduate and University of MI sophomore Nick Carlson made an incredible run in the U.S. Amateur Golf championships at the Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills.

WESTERN Australia's Curtis Luck has made history by becoming just the second Australian to win the prestigious US Amateur Championship.

"Yeah, it's definitely sinking in now", Luck said.

"We grow up at home in Australia ... and it's a massive thing for us come over to the United States, and from then on it's the pinnacle and means everything", Luck said of his prize. "It's something I've dreamt of since I was about 16".

As for holding off on turning pro for almost a year?

Luck said he'd been thinking about turning pro after the Asian Amateur in October but would be delaying that to enjoy the majors opportunities.

All three starts are dependant on Luck remaining an amateur.

"So many fantastic golfers have won this tournament, Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Phil Mickelson, you can just keep naming them, and Bryson DeChambeau who won past year has really set the golfing world alight in the last 12 months". However, Luck won hole No. 18 to make the match all-square at the break between rounds.

"I think I'll be staying amateur for at least a year now", Luck said. "I still don't believe it, but I'm happy to say I'll be an amateur for another eight or nine months and play some unbelievable golf tournaments".

Dalke and Luck will play a total of 36 holes on Sunday morning starting at 8 a.m. CST to decide the victor. Both players parred that hole and birdied No. 11 before Luck was able to reach the green in two on the par-5 12th. From there, he was off and running. His shot from there caromed off a utility box that was a few feet in front of him, and Luck needed only a par to win that hole.

Carlson, from Hamilton, Michigan, beat IL junior Dylan Meyer of Evansville, Indiana, 3 and 1, taking the lead with a birdie chip-in on the par-4 14th that he celebrated with a running, double fight pump. Then Dalke's round began to unravel with bogeys on 21 and 22.

Neither Luck nor Dalke led by more than two holes during the first 18 on Sunday.

The Perth ace turned all-square in the 36-hole final against Brad Dalke today, then watched the Oklahoman win the 19 to seemingly take the initiative.

However, Dalke bounced back to dominate on the back nine. By the time he won a couple of holes to start the back (10 and 11), he was in a hole too deep. Additionally, although it is not guaranteed, it is customary for The Masters to also invite U.S. Amateur finalists to compete. Seeds don't really matter in match play.

"Even when I was hitting it all over the place, I was trying my best".

"Curtis is a great victor and he definitely deserved it".