SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — The 100th U.S. Amateur will have sons of PGA pros and plenty of foreign talent playing on one of the nation's great courses — Baltusrol Golf Club.
A field of 312 golfers will tee off on the upper and lower courses at Baltusrol on Monday, starting a weeklong marathon to succeed David Gossett as the national champion.
Two days of stroke play will reduce the field to 64 players for match play over the next five days on the upper course.
Gossett, who defeated Sung Yoon Kim of South Korea to win the 1999 title at Pebble Beach, turned pro after the British Open and will not defend his championship.
Even without Gossett or a Tiger Woods-type favorite, there is an intriguing collection of entrants.
Several have PGA bloodlines:
— Kevin Stadler, 20, of Englewood, Colo., is the of son Craig Stadler, the 1973 U.S. Amateur champion.
— Matt Weibring, 20, of Plano, Texas, is the son of PGA Tour player D.A. Weibring.
— Andy Miller, 22, of BYU., is the son of 1973 U.S. Open champion and NBC golf analyst Johnny Miller.
— Ray Floyd Jr., 25, of New York, is the son of former U.S. Open champion Raymond Floyd.
While those players' names are familiar, the early favorites to win are Ben Curtis, Matt Kuchar and Bryce Molder of the United States, Aaron Baddeley of Australia and Luke Donald of England.
Curtis, of Kent, Ohio, lost to Gossett in the semifinals last year. He has had a spectacular 2000, capped by a recent victory in the new Players' Amateur in South Carolina.
Baddeley, 18, won the 1999 Australian Open against a field that included Greg Norman and Colin Montgomerie. He was the first amateur to win the title in 39 years and its youngest winner.
Kuchar, the 1997 Amateur winner, is finally getting his game back into shape after a sub-par 1999.
Molder, who played with Kuchar at Georgia Tech, has 20 top-10 finishes and 24 top-20 finishes in 28 college tournaments. The junior lost to eventual winner Hank Kuehne in the 1998 Amateur quarterfinals and was eliminated in the third round last year.
Donald, who attends Northwestern, won the Jack Nicklaus Trophy as the top college golfer in 1999, winning five of 13 events he entered, including the NCAA individual title. He was unbeaten in four matches in the 1999 Walker Cup.
Six of last year's quarterfinalists are also entered.