Three Players Advance to U.S. Amateur Championship

Three Players Advance to U.S. Amateur Championship

78 players competed for three spots into the U.S. Amateur Championship to be played at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisc. on August 22-28 today. Players battled the championship layout in perfect sunny conditions today and ultimately Tze Huang Choo of Singapore, Charlie Hughes of Canada, and Austin Hurt of Bainbridge Island, Wash. prevailed. 

Choo a recent graduate of the University of Washington claimed medalist honors after rounds of 72-68 for a 36-hole total of 2-under par 140. Beginning his opening round with a double-bogey on hole 10, Choo then made 9 straight pars before going birdie-birdie on holes 2-3 to get back to even par. From there Choo would add 3 more bogeys at holes 4, 6, and 8 but mixed in birdies at holes 7 and 9 to finish the opening 18 holes at 1-over par 72. In the afternoon Choo would start on hole 1 and make 6 straight pars before rattling off an eagle on the par-5 7th hole followed by birdies on holes 8, 9, and 11 with just 2 bogeys on holes 10 and 18 for a round of 3-under par 68.

Hughes who will be a junior at the University of Washington punched his ticket to the U.S. Amateur after consistent rounds of 70 and 71 for a 36-hole total of 1-under par 141. Hughes made 6 birdies against 5 bogeys in his opening round and added 4 more birdies and bogeys in his afternoon round on a very challenging course where he and Choo both have some local knowledge as past and present members of the UW golf team.

Hurt a recent graduate of Washington State University captured the final qualifying spot with a 36-hole total of 2-over par 144 after rounds of 73 and 71. Hurt was 3-over after just 8 holes in his morning round but battled back and played the final 10 holes in 1-under par and then matched 4 birdies with 4 bogeys in the afternoon to finish at just 2-over for the day.

 Kent Hagen of Covington, Wash. outlasted Sean Packer of Lake Tapps, Wash. and Michael Cairns of Carnation, Wash. in a 3-hole playoff for first and second alternate at 4-over par 146. 

Entries for the 2011 U.S. Amateur Championship were open for players (no age limit) with a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 2.4

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