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Allred shoots 143 to qualify for U.S. Amateur bracket

Match play starts today

LEMONT, Ill. ­ Jason Allred continued his strong showing in the 97thU.S. Amateur Championship at the Cog Hill Golf and Country Club.

The Ashland High senior qualified for the 64-man match-play field Tuesdaywith a 36-hole total of 1-under par 143.

Playing the tougher of Cog Hill's two courses, Allred shot a 1-over 73on Tuesday to go with the 70 he fired to open the tournament Monday. Thisis his first appearance in the prestigious tournament.

Roger Tambellini, 22, of Templeton, Calif., gained medalist honors inthe 312-golfer field with a two-day total of 136. The senior at the Universityof Southern California shot a 3-under-par 69 on Cog Hill's No. 2 courseTuesday after opening Monday with a 5-under 67 on the more difficult Dubsdreadlayout, the site of the match-play competition.

I think I'm capable of winning, said Tambellini, who had10 birdies and only two bogeys in 36 holes. If you come here thinkingyou're not capable of winning, you're stupid for being here.

Bryce Molder of Conway, Ark., and Don Padgett III of Akron, Ohio, finisheda stroke back at 7-under 137, while Jerry Courville Jr. of Milford, Conn.,and Boyd Summerhays of Farmington, Utah., followed at 138.

Allred, 17, is the youngest remaining player in the field. The reigningU.S. Junior Amateur champion plays the experienced Buddy Marucci of Malvern,Pa., in today's first round of match play at 9:54 a.m.

Marucci lost to Tiger Woods in the 1995 U.S. Amateur finals.

Steve Scott, a 38-hole loser to Tiger Woods in last year's final, failedto qualify for match play. The Florida star shot a 72 at Dubsdread for a6-over 150 total, four strokes out of a playoff for the final 13 spots.

The hole was too small, and the ball was too big, Scott said.I putted awful yesterday. It wasn't a lot of fun.

I didn't think the cut was out of reach. I had to shoot 68 today.I had a ton of birdie putts and missed by four strokes.

Joel Kribel of Pleasanton, Calif., and Robert Floyd of Miami Beach, Fla.,the other semifinalists from last year, safely advanced to match play. Floyd,who had his famous father, PGA golfer Raymond Floyd, as his caddie finishedat 144. Also at 144 was Charles

Warren of Columbia, S.C., the current NCAA individual champion.

Kribel shot 139 along with Tim Clark of South Africa and Kevin Quinnof Boston, Mass.

Scotland's Barclay Howard, the low amateur in the British Open, was disqualifiedfor signing an incorrect scorecard after inadvertently switching to a differentmodel ball on the last hole. If the violation had been discovered earlier,he would have received a two-stroke penalty.

It's my mistake, said Howard, who stood at 3-under 141. Backhome we don't have a rule like that. You can play a Heinz 57, any variety.

The 36-hole final is Sunday.