2018 U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifier
Event DateJun 25, 2018
LocationUniversity of Georgia Golf Course
Jack Vajda, Canton (68)
Andy Mao, Johns Creek (69)
Cameron Piedra, Coral Gables, Fla. (69)
Connor Asarch, Atlanta (70)*
1. Isaac Samples, Loganville (70)*
2. Matthew Giesler, Marietta (70)*
*determined in playoff
The road to USGA national championships continued to go through Georgia on Monday, June 25. An 18-hole qualifier for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship was held at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens.
It was Jack Vajda of Canton who posted a 3-under-par 68 to earn medalist honors and advance to the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. He is joined by two at 2-under-par 69, including Andy Mao of Johns Creek and Cameron Piedra of Coral Gables, Fla.
Three players tied at 1-under-par 70, so a playoff was needed to determine the final qualifying spot and the two alternate positions. The playoff was made up of Matthew Giesler of Marietta, Connor Asarch of Atlanta and Isaac Samples of Loganville. After the first playoff hole (#1), Giesler made bogey, so Asarch and Samples moved on to the second playoff hole (#18). After the second extra hole, it was Asarch who sealed the deal for the final qualifying spot into the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. Samples finished as first alternate.
The 2018 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship is set for Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield, N.J., July 16-21.