Aug. 25, 2004
FAR HILLS, N.J. - Spencer Levin, a junior on the University of New Mexico men's golf team, has been selected to play in the Men's World Amateur Championship from Oct. 28-31 in Puerto Rico. Levin who tied for 13th at the U.S. Open and won the California State Amateur, Porter Cup and Scratch Players Championship will be joined by Ryan Moore and Lee Williams on the team with Luke List as the alternate. The U.S. team was selected by the International Team Selection Committee of the United States Golf Association. The team will be among the more than 60 squads competing in the 72-hole event at Rio Mar Country Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. The championship is conducted by the International Golf Federation, which comprises national governing bodies of golf in 100 countries. It is played in conjunction with the Women's World Amateur Team Championship, which will be played on the same courses Oct. 20-23. A country may field a team of two or three players. In each round, the total of the two lowest scores by players from each team constitutes the team score for the round. The four-day total is the team's score for the championship. The competition has been played every two years since 1958 for the Eisenhower Trophy. The USA is the defending champion, having won the 2002 championship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Moore, a senior at UNLV, is the first to win the Amateur Public Links title and the Amateur in the same year. He is also the fifth golfer to win two USGA championships in the same year. He has been the best player in amateur golf this summer, additionally winning the NCAA Division I championship and the Western Amateur. He has played 39 of his last 41 competitive stroke play rounds at par or better. In 2003, he made the cut at the Masters Tournament, to which he received an invitation as the 2002 APL winner. In 2004, Levin had the best finish by an amateur at a U.S. Open since Jim Simons tied for fifth in 1971. The junior at the University of New Mexico also won several top amateur events in the two-year consideration period, including the 2003 Azalea and the 2004 Porter Cup. Closer to home, he won the 2004 Northern California and California State Amateurs. He reached the third round of match play at the 2004 U.S. Amateur. Williams, a senior at Auburn University, has a record of consistency for 2003-04, with seven top-10 finishes. In addition to his play at the NCAA and Amateur championships in 2003, this year he was fourth at the Porter Cup, fifth at the Southern Amateur, sixth at the Cardinal Amateur and eighth at the Azalea. List, a sophomore at Vanderbilt University, moved into the spotlight at the 2004 Amateur, where he led for 27 holes before being overtaken by Moore in the final two holes of the 36-hole championship final. The long-hitting List also was a semifinalist at the 2003 Amateur Public Links. Moore, Levin and List have already earned full exemptions into the 2005 U.S. Open. Trey Holland, USGA President and joint chairman of the IGF in 2000-2001, is the team captain. The championship is rotated biennially among three geographic zones: Asia-Pacific, American, and European-African. The 2004 competition is hosted by the Puerto Rico Golf Association.