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U.S. Amateur Qualifying Roundup
The U.S. Am returns to perhaps its most inspiring destination (Pebble Beach photo)
The U.S. Am returns to perhaps its most inspiring destination (Pebble Beach photo)

VARIOUS SITES ACROSS THE USA (July, 2018) - Qualifying for the 2018 U.S. Amateur is underway at 96 qualifying sites across the U.S., and in Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

The USGA accepted 7,463 entries for the 118th U.S. Amateur Championship, scheduled for August 13-19, 2018 at Pebble Beach Golf Club and Spyglass Hill Golf Course in Pebble Beach, CA.

Highlights from qualifying include:

July 2

Dan Erickson
Dan Erickson
Texas A&M junior Dan Erickson (Loveland, CO) might have put in the performance of the qualifying season on the very first day of qualifying, taking a six-shot lead after a first-round 9-under 61 (a course record) at Fort Collins (Colo.) CC, then following it up with a 67 to medal by five shots. Not bad for his first tournament as a new Colorado resident.

"I was driving it fantastic all day to put myself in good positions," said Erickson to the Colorado Golf Association afterward. "I was hitting every drive almost perfect. I did everything pretty good obviously. Everything was just working. This course is great. I love every second of being out here. It was good all around."

Qualifiers: Dan Erickson (Loveland, CO) 128, A.J. Ott (Ft. Collins, CO) 133, Kyler Dunkle (Larkspur, CO) 134.

July 6

Currie Municipal GC in Midland, MI
Qualifiers: Alex Scott (Traverse City, MI) 138, Josh Whalen (Canada) 138.

July 9

Carter Toms
Carter Toms
No doubt inspired by his father David's win at the U.S. Senior Open, LSU junior Carter Toms punched his ticket to Pebble Beach, shooting 138 to share medalist honors at East Ridge CC in his hometown of Shreveport, LA.

Qualifiers: Carter Toms (Shreveport, LA) 138, Jack Tolson (Opelousas, LA) 138.

Kapolei GC in Kapolei, HI
Qualifier: Spencer Dunaway (Mililani, HI) 140.

Bobby Bai Thomas Lehman
Bobby Bai
Thomas Lehman
Another son of a major champion, Thomas Lehman, Jr. (Scottdale, AZ) won a three-way playoff to take the final qualifying spot at Dacotah Ridge GC in Morton, MN. University of Central Florida senior Zheng Kai (Bobby) Bai of China was the medalist by three shots.

Qualifiers: Zheng Kai (Bobby) Bai (China) 140, Sam Batta (Watertown, SD) 143, Thomas Lehman (Scottsdale, AZ) 146.

Alex Schaake and Ryan Nietfeldt
Alex Schaake (R) and Ryan Nietfeldt
Reigning two-time Nebraska Amateur champion Alex Schaake (Omaha, NE) went 36 holes without a bogey at Firethorn GC in Lincoln, NE, shooting 68-64 (-10) and medaling by four shots.

Qualifiers: Alex Schaake (Omaha, NE) 132, Ryan Nietfeldt (Elkhorn, NE) 136.

The day after the Magnolia Amateur concluded at Hattiesburg (Miss.) CC, the U.S. Amateur qualifier was held there. Hunter Atkins (West Point, MS) shot 82 on Sunday the Magnolia, then turned around and shot 67-68 on Monday to earn medalist honors by one shot. Austin Rose, who won the Magnolia in dramatic fashion, saw his luck just run out in the qualifier, losing a playoff for the final qualifying spot to Beau Briggs (Covington, LA).

Qualifiers: Hunter Atkins (West Point, MS) 135, Beau Briggs (Covington, LA) 136.

Arthur Griffin and Khavish Varadan
Arthur Griffin and Khavish Varadan
For the third straight year, Charleston Southern senior Arthur Griffin (Lake Placid, NY) qualified out of Seven Oaks GC in Hamilton, NY, sharing medalist honors with Khavish Varadan of Malaysia. Cody Cox (Milford, PA) birdied the second extra hole to win a four-way playoff and take the final qualfying spot.

Qualifiers: Arthur Griffin (Lake Placid, NY) 140, Khavish Varadan (Malaysia) 140, Cody Cox (Milford, PA) 146.

Green Valley CC in Green Valley, CA
Qualifiers: Joe Highsmith (Tacoma, WA) 133, Noah Norton (Chico, CA) 136, Ryan Burnett (Lafayette, CA) 139.

Four players shot 136 at Sunnyside CC in Fresno, CA, necessitating a playoff for the two available spots. Last year's West Coast Conference champion Peter Kuest (Fresno, CA) of BYU and mid-amateur Danny Paniccia (Clovis, CA) made it through the playoff and on to Pebble Beach.

Qualifiers: Peter Kuest (Fresno, CA) 136, Danny Paniccia (Clovis, CA) 136.

Fargo CC in Fargo, ND
Qualifiers: Tyler Reisenauer (Dickinson, ND) 137, Will Holmgren (Plymouth, MN) 138.

Beaver Hills CC in Cedar Falls, IA
Qualifiers: Frank Lindwall (Cedar Rapids, IA) 141, Harrison Ott (Brookfield, WI) 141, Dennis Bull (Norwalk, IA).

James Song
James Song
University of Cal-Berkeley commit James Song (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) went deep at Seven Oaks CC in Bakersfield, CA, shooting 15 under (64-65) to medal by two shots. Song had 13 birdies and two eagles on the day.

Qualifiers: James Song (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) 129, Cameron Sisk (El Cajon, CA) 131.

Cypress Ridge GC in Arroyo Grande, CA
Qualifiers: J.R. Warthen (Pismo Beach, CA) 136, Kaiwen Liu (China) 138, Austin Liu (Oak Park, CA) 138.

The Preserve at Oak Meadows in Addison, IL
Qualifiers: Nicholas Dentino (Carmel, IN), Jack Schultz (Whitefish Bay, WI), Tyler Isenhart (Geneva, IL).

Mitchell Meissner McClure Meissner
Mitchell Meissner
McClure Meissner
A pair of brothers took the two spots available at Oak Hills CC in San Antonio, TX. Mitchell Meissner, the Texas Amateur champion and North & South Amateur runner-up this summer, shot 5-under 137 to tie his brother McClure Meisser for medalist honors, two shots ahead of the rest of the field. Mitchell just graduated from Rice University, while McClure is a sophomore at SMU.

Qualifiers: Mitchell Meissner (San Antonio, TX) 137, McClure Meissner (San Antonio, TX) 137.

July 10

University of North Florida senior Andrew Alligood (St. Johns, FL) blew away the field at Stonebrook GC in Pace, FL, making 15 birdies en route to rounds of 66-64 (-12) and a seven-shot win.

Qualifiers: Andrew Alligood (St. Johns, FL) 130, John Wright (Mobile, AL) 137.

University of New Mexico GC in Albuquerque, NM
Qualifiers: Greg Yellin (El Paso, TX) 136, Patrick McCarthy (Albuquerque, NM) 140.

In Puerto Rico, Erick Morales took the only spot at TPC Dorado Beach, shooting rounds of 70-71 to win by a single shot.


Qualifier: Erick Morales (Puerto Rico) 141.

Mason Overstreet
Mason Overstreet
At Big Creek Golf & Country Club in Mountain Home, AR, University of Arkansas junior Mason Overstreet (Kingfisher, OK) shot a remarkable 16 under, racking up 15 birdies and two eagles in rounds of 62-66. Overstreet won last year's Patriot All-America and Jerry Pate Intercollegiate, and was the runner-up in the NCAA Championship.

Qualifiers: Mason Overstreet (Kingfisher, OK) 128, Ryan Spurlock (Maumelle, AR).

Charles Waddell
Charles Waddell
For the third straight year, mid-amateur Charles Waddell (Chicago, IL) advanced to the championship, earning medalist honors at Twin Orchard CC in Long Grove, IL with rounds of 68-71. Nate Thomson (Greendale, WI) won a five-way playoff for the final qualifying spot.

Qualifiers: Charles Waddell (Chicago, IL) 139, Nicholas Tenuta (Mt. Prospect, IL) 140, Jack Rhea (Jonesborough, TN) 140, Nate Thomson (Greendale, WI) 141.

In Mexico, Raul Pereda took the only qualifying spot at Mexico City CC, shooting 67-68 (-9) to medal by four shots.

Qualifier: Raul Pereda (Mexico) 135.

Laurel Creek CC, Laurel Creek, NJ
Qualifiers: Zach Arsenault (Medford, NJ) 137, Anthony Sebastianelli (Clarks Summit, PA) 139.

Hayden Wood Austin Eckroat
Hayden Wood
Austin Eckroat
Oklahoma State teammates Hayden Wood and Austin Eckroat took two of the three available spots at Oak Tree National in their hometown of Edmond. Wood was the medalist by four shots with rounds of 69-68.

Qualifiers: Hayden Wood (Edmond, OK) 135, Scott Purvis (Mason, OH) 141, Austin Eckroat (Edmond, OK) 142.

North Carolina State junior Benjamin Shipp (Duluth, GA) shot 64-68 (-8) at Willow Creek GC in Knoxville, TN to medal by three shots. There was a three-way playoff for the final qualifying spot, from which University of Tennessee junior Nolan Ray (Brentwood, TN) advanced.

Qualifiers: Benjamin Shipp (Duluth, GA) 132, Nolan Ray (Brentwood, TN).

Akshay Bhatia
Akshay Bhatia
One of the nation's hottest juniors took medalist honors in Newport News, VA. Akshay Bhatia (Wake Forest, NC), winner of the recent Polo Golf Junior Classic and the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley, shot 64-66 (-10) at James River CC.

Qualifiers: Akshay Bhatia (Wake Forest, NC) 130, Brandon Weaver (Purcellville, VA) 131.

Jacoby GC in Laramie, WY
Qualifier: Rosswell Sinclair (South Africa) 134.

July 11

Last year's Master of the Amateurs champion Charlie Dann traveled from Australia to the U.S. and got a qualifying medal and a place in the championship. Dann shot 68-72 (-4) at Deerfield CC in Rochester, NY.



Qualifiers: Charlie Dann (Australia) 140, Brian Clark (Knoxville, TN) 142.

Chico State golfer Josh McCollum (Upland, CA) shot a pair of 68s, finishing with three straight birdies, to earn medalist honors at Bayonet Golf Course in Seaside, CA. Bryan Baumgarten (Granite Bay, CA) shot a 141 and then won a four-way playoff for the final qualifying spot.

Qualifiers: Josh McCollum (Upland, CA) 136, Derek Ackerman (Half Moon Bay, CA) 137, Bryan Baumgarten (Granite Bay, CA) 141.

There were three qualifying spots available at Whirlwind GC in Chandler, AZ, and three players shot 135 totals to win medals: Mason Andersen (Chandler, AZ) of Arizona State, Michael Feagles (Scottsdale, AZ) of the University of Illinois, and Anthony Quezada (Phoenix, AZ), who became known for his appearance on Golf Channel's The Big Break in 2014.

Qualifiers: Mason Andersen (Chandler, AZ) 135, Michael Feagles (Scottsdale, AZ) 135, Anthony Quezada (Phoenix, AZ) 135.

Weibring GC at ISU in Normal, IL
Qualifiers: Daniel Anfield (Channahon, IL) 136, Varun Chopra (Champaign, IL) 138, Drew Pershing (Washington, IL) 139, Benjamin Johnson (Downsers Grove, IL) 140.

July 12

Jacob Huizinga Gary Nicklaus
Jacob Huizingad
Gary Nicklaus
At Eagle Creek G&CC in Naples, FL, former Florida Amateur champion Jacob Huizinga (Orlando, FL) medaled with a 138 total. The battle for the second and final spot was between 49-year-old Gary Nicklaus (Jupiter, FL) and 14-year-old Luke Clanton (Miami Lakes, FL), who both shot 139 and went to a playoff. On the 3rd extra hole, it was Jack's son who prevailed.

“Going into the playoff, I said to myself, ‘You gotta hit good shots and you might have to hit a birdie cause this kid isn’t making a mistake,’ ” Nicklaus said to the Naples Daily News. “Then I got a bit a lucky.”

Qualifiers: Jacob Huizinga (Orlando, FL) 138, Gary Nicklaus (Jupiter, FL) 139.

Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, FL
Qualifiers: Jonah Leach (Windermere, FL) 138, Jake Beber-Frankel (Miami, FL) 139, Jesus Montenegro (Argentina) 139.

Texas Star GC in Euless, TX
Qualifiers: Triston Fisher (Southlake, TX) 131, Logan Lockwood (Van, TX) 133.

July 16

Two of the three qualifiers out of Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown, Mass., are members of the Williams College golf team. Will Kannegieser and Sam Goldenring took the top two spots, with Kannegieser earning medalist honors at 5-under 137.

“It’s a D3 mentality where they put so much effort into academics and not into golf during the school year when they are in class,” Williams coach Josh Hillman said of his two players. “In the summer when they are able to play more golf, you will see that they are capable of scores like 65 and 69 in tournament settings.”

Dan Erickson
Matthew Paradis
The third spot went to Matthew Paradis, a rising senior at Southern New Hampshire University who won the New Hampshire Amateur over the weekend. Paradis overcame a triple-bogey on his 33rd hole, but made two clutch pars on the final two holes to take the final spot by one shot.

Qualifiers: Will Kannegieser (Minot, Maine) 137, Sam Goldenring (Florham Park, N.J.) 139, Matthew Paradis (Hookset Park, N.J.), 143

Echo Lake Country Club in Westfield, N.J.
Qualifiers: Eoin Leonard (Republic of Ireland) 137, Matthew Cocorikis (Monroe Township, N.J.) 139, Brandon Dalinka (New York, N.Y.) 139

Jake Koppenberg
Jake Koppenberg, a former Western Washington University men's golfer, has qualified for his second consecutive U.S. Amateur. It will be his fourth total. Koppenberg -- who played in the U.S. Amateur in 2008 (Pinehurst No. 2), 2015 (Olympia Fields Country Club), and 2017 (Riviera Country Club) -- is a volunteer assistant for Western Washington.

Koppenberg was 8 under for 36 holes at Lake Spanaway Golf Course in Tacoma, Wash. It left the Bellingham, Wash., native five shots ahead of the second qualifier, Ian Siebers.

Qualifiers: Jacob Koppenberg (Bellingham, Wash.) 132, Ian Siebers (Bellevue, Wash.) 137

Devon Bling earned a share of medalist honors at the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo in San Diego. Bling capped a freshman season in May that included one individual victory and two more top-5 finishes. He is the first Bruin to qualify so far. Bling shared the top spot with Kevin Tassistro.

Qualifiers: Devondeep Bling (Ridgecrest, Calif.) 133, Kevin Tassistro (San Diego) 133, Cullen Plousha (Carlsbad, Calif.) 134

A month after his Utah State Amateur victory, Preston Summerhays easily got into the U.S. Amateur, and almost shot a 59 in doing it. The 15-year-old, the youngest winner of the state amateur in history, opened with 7-under 65 in the 36-hole U.S. Am qualifier at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah, then followed it with a bogey-free 60. The round included an eagle on the par-4 14th. Summerhays lives in Arizona during the year, but visits family in Utah each summer. His father Boyd works with PGA Tour player Tony Finau.

Summerhays finished at a stunning 19 under, eight shots ahead of Drew Kittleson, the 2008 U.S. Amateur runner-up who recently had his amateur status restored.

Qualifiers: Preston Summerhays (Scottsdale, Ariz.) 125, Drew Kittleson (Scottsdale, Ariz.) 133 A pair of teammates from the Simon Fraser University roster (a Division II program in Canada) took both qualifying spots at Pitt Meadows Golf Club in British Columbia, Canada. Sy Lovan finished at 8-under 136 while Chris Crisologo was next at 5-under 138. Crisologo won a playoff for the final spot. Simon Fraser won two events last season and qualified for NCAA regional play.

Qualifiers: Sy Lovan (Canada) 136; Chris Crisologo (Canada) 138

Banbury Golf Course in Eagle, Idaho
Qualifier: Colby Dean (Eagle, Idaho) 133

Eric Ansett
Eric Ansett recently finished his eligibility on the Lipscomb roster, but his amateur golf career is hardly slowing down. Already this summer, Ansett had top-20 finishes at the Dogwood Invitational, the Sunnehanna Amateur and the Sahalee Players Championship. He led qualifying at Burningtree Country Club in Decatur, Ala., with 8-under 134.

Qualifiers: Eric Ansett (Spokane, Wash.) 134, Tanner Owens (Old Hickory, Tenn.) 137

Moraine Country Club in Dayton, Ohio
Qualifiers: Patrick Cover (Cornelius, N.C.) 136, Austin Sipe (Dayton, Ohio) 139

Nick Costello
Two of the three qualifiers out of Columbine Country Club in Columbine Valley, Colo., will be playing the U.S. Amateur for the first time. One of those is Austin Hardman, who was medalist by one shot at 6-under 138. Hardman grew up in Highlands Ranch, Colo., and has caddied at Cherry Hills Golf Club. He has spent the past two years on the men’s golf roster at Mesa (Ariz.) Community College.

"My grandparents used to live in Monterey, so Pebble is my favorite place on the entire planet, without question," Hardman told the Colorado Golf Assocation. "I'm pretty excited about it for sure. This U.S. Amateur will definitely be the biggest tournament I've ever played in.

"I've played Pebble Beach (Golf Links) twice. It was a hit and giggle out there for six hours, which is the best six hours in my life."

Fellow Highlands Ranch native Coby Welch, who finished third, will also be making his U.S. Am debut. Welch is a rising junior at Northern Colorado. The two will be joined by Texan Nick Costello, who is a member of the Longhorns roster.

Qualifiers: Austin Hardman (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) 138, Nicholas Costello (Austin, Texas) 139, Coby Welch (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) 141

Mascoutin Golf Club in Berlin, Wis.
Qualifier: Joe Du Chateau (Fond Du Lac, Wis.) 140

Isaiah Salinda
Isaiah Salinda, a rising senior at Stanford, led qualifying out of Coldstream Country Club in Cincinnati, Ohio. The San Francisco native had a 9-under 133 total that included two birdies in his final four holes. Austin Squires, who will be a senior at Cincinnati, also qualified for the second consecutive summer.

Qualifiers: Isaiah Salinda (South San Francisco, Calif.) 133, Austin Squires (Union, Ky.) 137

Millburn Golf Club in Overland Park, Kan.
Qualifiers: Andy Spencer (Prairie Village, Kan.) 133, Brady Dixon (Mounds, Ill.) 135

July 17

Riley Elmes, a rising senior at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Calif., was medalist at Eagle Point (Ore.) Golf Club to win one of two available U.S. Am spots. He led almost from the get-go during the morning round, getting six birdies on the front nine to shoot 6-under 30. A solid 1-under par 35 on the back nine had Elmes at 7-under par (65) after the first 18 holes, with a two shot lead. He tacked on a 67 to get to 12 under and finish three ahead of Shawn Lu, a rising junior at Oregon State University, coming off his best season with the Beavers.

Qualifiers: Riley Elmes (Lake Oswego, Ore.) 132, Shawn Lu (Corvallis, Ore.), 135

Maridoe Golf Club in Carrollton, Texas
Qualifiers: Gaven Lane (Argyle, Texas) 148, Matthew Griggs (Prosper, Texas) 150

Georgia standout Spencer Ralston qualified for the U.S. Amateur in his home state. Ralston, who played every event with the Bulldogs this season, finished 36 holes at 10-under 134, which was four shots better than the next qualifier. That player happened to be Trevor Phillips, a Georgia teammate who went bogey-free in his afternoon round of 4-under 68.

Qualifiers: Spencer Ralston (Gainesville, Ga.) 134, Trevor Phillips (Inman, S.C.) 138, Spencer Ball (Suwanee, Ga.) 139, Alex Shead (Appling, Ga.) 140, Matthew Smith (Seneca, S.C.) 140

What's Next

Qualifying continues at 10 sites on Tuesday, July 17 and will continue until all 96 qualifiers have been played. The final qualifiers will take place on July 25.

Results For U.S. Amateur Qualifying
MedalistMIAlex ScottTraverse City, MI200
MedalistCanadaJosh WhalenCanada200
MedalistLAJack TolsonLafayette, LA200
MedalistLACarter TomsShreveport, LA200
MedalistTXMitchell MeissnerSan Antonio, TX200

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ABOUT THE U.S. Amateur Qualifying

36-hole qualifying at various courses across the United States. Some qualifiers are held on one day, some two. Handicap limit of 2.4.

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