Can History Repeat ... 55 Years Later?

Posted: July 17, 2017


The only time high school teammates have ever opposed each other in a U.S. Junior Amateur final was in 1962 when Jim Wiechers beat James Sullivan at Lochmoor Golf Club in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. Both attended Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose, California. This year, a pair of recent Bellarmine Prep graduates and San Jose residents – Eddy Lai and Berk Harvey – would like to follow in their footsteps.

Lai, who will play for UCLA in the fall, was acutely aware of the past history, having read a USGA website story about Wiechers. Harvey didn’t know the backstory, even though Wiechers is the only golfer enshrined in Bellarmine Prep’s athletic hall of fame. Taking it one step further, Harvey, 18, is headed to Santa Clara in the fall, the same school Wiechers attended.

“Hopefully I can follow that legacy,” said Harvey.

Harvey and Lai, 18, were virtually inseparable during their high school days. They grew up 10 minutes from each other and roomed together on road trips. This is the first USGA championship they’ve played in together; Lai had qualified for two previous U.S. Junior Amateurs. Both qualified at Stanford University Golf Course with Harvey shooting 67 for medalist honors and Lai a 68.

Their next goal is to qualify for match play – hopefully on opposite sides of the bracket – and win five matches to meet in the 36-hole final.


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