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August 12, 2018 by brianna

Arizona Well Represented at the U.S. Amateur

 

The U.S. Championship returns to the iconic Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill Golf Club this week, and Arizona has a strong set of players in the field.

Mason Andersen, Brian Blanchard, Hayes Dupree, Michael Feagles, Drew Kittleson, Thomas Lehman, Preston Summerhays, and  Anthony Quezada all punched their tickets this summer to the 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship.

Arizona State sophomore and 2017 Arizona Golf Association Player of the Year, Mason Andersen, will be making his third consecutive U.S. Amateur appearance. He qualified for the U.S. Open last year at Erin Hills, missing the cut by one stroke.  Earning medalist honors, the 19-year-old earned his spot to Pebble Beach last Month at Whirlwind Golf Course, after rounds of 68 and 67.

Phoenix native, Brian Blanchard, qualified at DC Ranch Country Club at five-under. Blanchard qualified for his first USGA Championship last year, after finishing as low-medalists heading into the 2017 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.

University of Illinois junior, Michael Feagles, will challenge the greens this week after sharing medalist honors with Michael Andersen and Anthony Quezada. Feagles, 20, is a two-time All-Big Ten First Team selection. He was also named to the All-Midwest Region Team twice after carding two strong seasons at Illinois.

In July, Hayes Dupree shot eight-under at Lagacy Golf Course to obtain a medalist honors and a desired spot in the Pebble Beach field. The Mojave resident reached the semifinals in the Arizona Amateur this month, finishing one hole shy of the championship match.

Thomas Lehman Jr. won in three-way playoff to secure his ticket to Pebble Beach. He is the son of the former No. 1-ranked golfer in the world and British Open Champion, Thomas Lehman. The 2018 U.S. Amateur will mark the Cal Poly graduate’s first U.S. Amateur Championship appearance.

Preston Summerhayes broke the course record with a 60 in Utah’s Qualifier, which was the lowest 36-hole sectional qualifying score posted since August of 2011. At the age of 15, the Chaparral Highschool sophomore became the youngest Utah State Amateur Champion. Summerhayes is the son of former PGA tour player, Boyd Summerhayes.

Drew Kittleson of Scottsdale, will be playing in the U.S. Amateur after reinstating his amateur status three years ago. Kittleson managed to finish as runner-up at the 2008 U.S. Amateur Championship, where he fell short to Danny Lee. Kittleson has an impressive resume. He has competed in five U.S. Amateur Championsips, the 2009 Masters, and the 2009 U.S. Open.

Anthony Quezada posted a low round of 66 at DC Ranch Country Club and secured a coveted ticket to Pebble Beach. Quezada, 23, is known for his appearance on Golf Channel’s The Big Break.

The U.S. Amateur Championship is the oldest amateur championship hosted by the USGA. It will consist of 24 countries, 46 states, and a stellar field of 43 of the top 50 WAGR. The tournament will return for the third time to Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill Golf Course. On Monday and Tuesday, the tournament will begin with a 36-hole stoke play competition, where the low-64 will advance to match play.

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