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July 25, 2018 by brianna

Donald Kay and Brian Blanchard Qualify for the 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship

SCOTTSDALE, AZ- Qualifying for the 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship has officially come to an end, and two spots were up for grabs this Wednesday at DC Ranch Country Club.

University of Oregon rising sophomore, Kay Donald, was the first to secure his spot, finishing as the medalist. He closed at six-under-par for the two-day qualifier. Donald separated himself from the rest after round one, posting a low-round 65 on the par-70 course, ending the day with a three-shot lead. Donald’s round two card included four birdies mixed with four bogeys, taking the medalist honors by one stroke.

Brian Blanchard was the second player to advance to the U.S. Amateur Championship, finishing  at five-under for the qualifier. The Phoenix native managed to put out two solid rounds of golf, shooting a 68-67--136. This will be Blanchard’s second USGA championship, as he earned the low-medalists honor at the 2017 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.

Posting a 70-67--137, Jonathon Walters will serve as first alternate after finishing two strokes behind Blanchard. Sean O’Donnell grabbed the second alternate spot.

The 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship is the oldest championship hosted by the USGA , and will consist of the world’s top amateur golfers. The tournament will return for the third time to Pebble Beach Golf Club and Spyglass Hill Golf Course, scheduled for August 13-19.

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