2018 U.S. Amateur #1 Qualifier
Event DateJul 16, 2018
LocationJennings Mill Country Club
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1st - Davis Thompson
2nd - Luka Karaulic
Spencer Ralston of Gainesville posted a 10-under-par (66,68) 134 to earn medalist honors and advance to the U.S. Amateur Championship. This qualifier was 36 holes of individual stroke play with five qualifying spots and two alternate positions up for grabs. It took place at Jennings Mill Country Club on July 16-17, 2018.
Ralston got off to a blistering start during his first round and finished with eight birdies. He followed it up with three birdies in round two and an eagle on the 523 yard Par-5 11th hole. Also qualifying was Trevor Phillips of Inman, South Carolina, who fired a 6-under-par (70,68) 138. Spencer Ball of Suwanee, who recently finished T11 at the Georgia Amateur Championship, posted a 5-under-par (70,69) 139 to qualify.
There were four players tied at 4-under-par 140 so a playoff was needed to determine the final two qualifying spots and alternate positions. They were Alex Shead of Appling, Matthew Smith of Seneca, South Carolina, Davis Thompson of Saint Simons Island, and Luka Karaulic of Dacula.
Smith birdied the first playoff hole (#1) to secure a qualifying spot. On the second playoff hole (#9), Shead, Thompson, and Karaulic all made par so they went back to hole #1 for the third and final playoff. Shead made birdie to lock up the final qualifying spot. Thompson made par and will be the first alternate while Karulic made bogey and will be the second alternate.
U.S. Amateur Championship
The 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship will be held at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif., August 13-19.