Elon's Adkins Qualifies for U.S. Amateur

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Rising Elon junior men's golfer Jack Adkins was one of three competitors who qualified for the 2012 U.S. Amateur Championship in 36-hole qualifying conducted on July 23 at the Kingsmill Resort's River Course. The U.S. Amateur Championship is scheduled for August 13-19 at the Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo.

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.

The U.S. Amateur Championship, open to amateur golfers who hold a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 2.4, is one of 13 championships conducted by the USGA. Ten are strictly for amateurs.

 

CofC Golfer Zach Munroe Qualifies for U.S. Amateur Championship

CHINA GROVE, N.C. - College of Charleston men's golfer Zach Munroe shot rounds of 66-67 at the 2012 U.S. Amateur Championship Sectional Qualifying Tournament as he earned a spot in the 112th U.S. Amateur Championship August 13-19 at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, Colo.

Munroe, the Charlotte, N.C. native finished tied for second-place with a 7-under 133 score at the Warrior Golf Club in China Grove, N.C. Out of the field of 84 golfers five earned spots in the USGA Championship event.

"We are thrilled for Zach and congratulate him on this achievement," CofC men's golf head coach Mark McEntire said. "This is a tremendous opportunity for him to compete against the top amateur players in the world and represent our program as well."

Munroe transferred to the College of Charleston this summer after playing his freshman year at North Carolina. He continues his excellent play this summer as he finished third-place at the Rice Planters Amateur June 18-23 in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. and fifth-place at the North Carolina Amateur Championship June 17 in Durham, N.C.

Munroe is the second player in two years from CofC to qualify for this prestigious event. In 2010 John Duke Hudson competed in the U.S. Amateur Championship at the Chambers Bay course in University Place, Wash.