Several qualify for U.S. Amateur
Tournament takes place Aug. 13-19 at Cherry Hills CC
As qualifying for the U.S. Amateur concludes in several spots around America, here's a look at a few collegiate golfers who qualified on Tuesday:
Eric Frazzetta, Chico State
This time around the third playoff hole was a charm for Frazzetta. The recently graduated Chico State golfer and soon to be Wildcats assistant won a spot in the U.S. Amateur by winning a three-hole playoff for the second and final qualifying spot Monday at ButteCreek Country Club in Chico. It came just one month after Frazzetta lost a playoff for a berth in the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships on the third playoff hole.
Frazzetta, a two-time All-American with the Wildcats, followed a 3-under par 69 morning round with a 2-under 70 in the afternoon to finish 5-under par. He rolled home birdies on the 13th and 14th holes to make his way into the playoff.
Frazzetta will be the fourth Wildcat in five years to participate in the U.S. Amateur. Frazzetta follows former Wildcat golfers Cody Thompson, Art Golden III and Ryan Trask into the U.S. Amateur Championship. Thompson competed two years ago at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Wash. Golden was part of the 2009 event in Tulsa, Okla., and Trask was in the field in 2008 in Pinehurst, N.C.
Frazzetta’s teammate from the past few seasons, Bobby Bucey, just missed a chance to join him, finishing fifth out of 76 attempting to qualify at Contra Costa Country Club Monday. Bucey, who carded a two-round total of 4-over par 146, is actually the second alternate after finishing in a tie for fifth.
Ian Vanderzee, Iowa
Vandersee carded a 36-hole score of 135 (-9) to top the field of 52 players at Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City. Vandersee, a West Des Moines, Iowa, native opened the day with a 70 (-2) and finished with a 65 (-7) to win the event. This will be Vandersee’s second consecutive trip to the U.S. Amateur, as he qualified for the event last summer. Vandersee has also played in one Junior U.S. Amateur tournament.
Vanderssee was a PING All-Region selection last season and finished second in the running for Big Ten Freshman of the Year. He carded a season-low 66 (-5) in the final round of NCAA Regionals to help Iowa advance to its third NCAA Championships in the last four seasons.
Brian Bullington, Iowa
Bullington finished second at the qualifier at Finkbine, carding a two-round total of 139 (-5). Bullington fired a 70 (-2) in the first round and shaved one stroke off his score in the final 18, finishing with a 69 (-3) to qualify for his first U.S. Amateur.
Bullington saw action in one tournament as a freshman last season, firing a 229 (+13) to finish tied for 38th at the Rod Myers Invitational in the fall. Last summer, Bullington won the PGA Junior Series event at Blue Top Ridge in Riverside, Iowa, finished tied for 15th at the Northern Amateur and earned a top-20 finish at the Junior PGA.
Kyle Henning, Valparaiso
Henning shared medalist honors at the Oconomowoc, Wis. qualifying site, shooting a 36-hole total of 137 at Oconomowoc Golf Club. Henning, a junior, shot rounds of 68 and 69 to earn one of the site’s three automatic qualifying spots for the national championship which will take place Aug. 13-19 at Cherry Hills Country Club in Colorado. Henning is also coming off of a top-five finish at the Wisconsin State Amateur Championship.
Jack Adkins, Elon
Adkins shot a blistering nine-under par 62 in his morning round and followed that up with a 75 in his afternoon round. He was one of four golfers to finish the day with a 137 and advanced on the third playoff hole with a par.
"It was one of those days when I played well," said Adkins. "It's definitely the highlight of my summer. I'm very excited."
Adkins recorded eight birdies and an eagle in the morning round. He shot a three-under 33 on the front nine before beginning the back nine with two birdies and capped the surge by holing out his 58-degree wedge shot from 80 yards for an eagle at the par-five 12th hole. He added birdies at both holes 16 and 18 to shoot a personal-best round. His score came within a stroke of matching the competitive course record of 61.
With Elon in 2011-12, Adkins averaged a 77.68 over 19 rounds of play. His low round of 72 came on the first day of the Southern Conference Championship.