More than 7,000 golfers took to the links all across the United States to try and qualify for the event which will be held at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., and Charles River Country Club, Newton, Mass., Aug. 12-18.
Out of the 7,000 who took part in the qualifying, only 144 players earned a spot in the prestigious event. Will Seger of Jasper, Ind., actually won the Cincinnati qualifying event with a 136. Michael Kelley, Westerville, Ohio, (140) joined Seger and Emery as the three qualifiers.
The U.S. Amateur will begin with two days of stroke-play qualifying on the two courses and the nationally televised event will be trimmed to only 64 players when the exciting match-play action begins. The top two finishers will receive invitations to the 2014 Masters in Augusta, Ga. Last year, Steven Fox, a UT-Chattanooga golfer won the event.
“I am so thrilled for Matt,” said Lee golf coach John Maupin. “It’s hard to put into words what an unbelievable accomplishment this is. After Matt called to tell me he made it I couldn’t stop smiling. When it comes to amateur golf it doesn’t get any bigger than this tournament. There is an amazing amount of history and prestige that are associated with the U.S. Amateur.”
Maupin added, “I am so proud that Matt will be representing our university and golf program at the U.S. Amateur. Over the years we have had several guys attempt to qualify and for Matt to be the first to make it is pretty special.
“He has worked very hard on his game to get to this point, and I know it’s a gratifying feeling. Out of all the things that he has accomplished here, this will certainly rank up near the top. This is the kind of thing that raises the bar for everyone in the program. Our whole team is excited for Matt, and we look forward to rooting him on during the tournament.”