Two alumni of the UConn golf program have qualified out of 2,381 entrants to compete for the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship.
The former Huskies -- Bob Kearney, now of Houston, Texas, and Ed Byman, now of Raleigh, N.C. -- will be part of the 156-player field competing on Sept. 26-Oct.1 at Hidden Creek Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. The tournament begins with two rounds of stroke play, after which the field will be cut to the low 64, who will advance to match play.
Kearney, a 1978 UConn grad who is originally from Hamden, Conn., is well-known as one of the top senior amateur golfers in the country. He has already won two tournaments this season, the Old Corkscrew Senior Invitational in Estero, Fla., and the Kingsway Senior in Lake Suzy, Fla. He has also won Texas Mid-Am in 1998, the Texas Amateur in 2001, and the Harvey Penick Senior Invitational in 2013.
Kearney, who played four years of golf at UConn, qualified for the Senior Amateur with a 71 at Black Hawk Country Club in Houston on Aug. 31,
Byman, 65, who graduated from UConn in 1972 after playing four years as a Husky, is originally from Kingston, N.Y. He went on to a professional golf career, competing on several international tours and winning the Mexican Open in 1974, outdueling golfing legend Lee Trevino, his playing partner in the final two rounds. Byman also played on the PGA Tour from 1978-80.
He then became a successful sales professional and a pioneer in the online sale of golf equipment. He is the founder and CEO of GlobalGolf, which he founded in 2001, and has become one of the leading companies in golf equipment sales online.
Byman qualified for the Senior Amateur with a 71 on Aug. 26 at Myers Park Country Club in Charlotte, N.C.