Lewis and Brandes qualify for U.S. Senior Amateur

L to R: Tom Brandes (left) and Tom Lewis

Gig Harbor, Wash. – Tom Lewis of Olympia shot a 1-under par 71 to earn medalist honors over the 43 player field who competed today in U.S. Senior Amateur qualifying at Canterwood Golf & Country Club in Gig Harbor, Wash.

Claiming the other qualifying spot in the championship was Tom Brandes of Bellevue who shot an even-par 72.

Click here for full scoring from this qualifier.

Lewis is a regular competitor in state and regional golf championships. He advanced to the semifinals and the quarterfinals, respectively, in the 2020 and 2021 PNGA Men’s Master-40 Amateur Championship. In 2020 he was selected by WA Golf to compete on the Senior Hudson Cup team.

This marks the seventh time that Brandes, a PNGA Hall-of-Famer, has qualified for the U.S. Senior Amateur. He advanced to the championship’s final match in 2015 and finished runner-up. In July, Brandes won the Washington Men’s Mid-Amateur, making him the oldest player to win a state mid-amateur championship at 66 years old.

Lewis and Brandes will now advance to the 67th U.S. Senior Amateur Championship, which will be held Aug. 27-Sept. 1 at The Kittansett Club in Marion, Mass.

Jim McNelis of Gig Harbor is the first alternate from this qualifier, while Tom Herrick of Olympia is second alternate.

Washington Golf (WA Golf) is the local representative of the United States Golf Association (USGA) and conducted this qualifier for the 2022 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship.

Entries are open to any golfer is 55 years of age as of August 27, 2022 and whose handicap does not exceed 7.4.