DURHAM, N.C. – With the 2019 United States Amateur Championship rapidly approaching, four Duke men’s golfers have already clinched spots at iconic Pinehurst Resort August 12-18 in Pinehurst, N.C.
For the Blue Devils, rising senior Chandler Eaton and recent graduate Alex Smalley earned exemptions into the championship, while rising senior Steven DiLisio and rising junior Evan Katz clinched a spot in the field of 312 by way of sectional qualifiers.
DiLisio fired rounds of 66 and 67 at the sectional qualifier at the Longmeadow Country Club in Longmeadow, Mass, on Monday. The Swampscott, Mass., native won the qualifier by a stroke with his seven-under 133 total.
Katz was the runner-up at the sectional qualifier in Columbia, Md., and will join the Blue Devil contingent at Pinehurst after shooting a pair of four-under rounds of 68 this week.
Ranking in the top 50 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, Smalley earned a spot in the field without having to qualify. Eaton joins his former teammate, having received an exemption by way of playing in the 2019 U.S. Open.
Rising junior Drew Powell played in the sectional qualifier in East Providence, R.I., posting a 36-hole total of 139 to earn himself a spot as a second alternate for the championship.
The U.S. Amateur is individual play with both stroke-play and match-play styles. The event begins with two rounds of stroke-play with the top 64 scores moving on to match play. From there, five rounds of match-play will narrow the field down to the championship match, the only portion of the event that is 36 holes.