The best of the best competed at Milburn CC July 16th to win a ticket to the US Amateur Championship at the infamous Pebble Beach golf course on the Monterrey Peninsula in California.
Over 60 players fought through 36 holes of qualifying for the top two spots. After round one a familiar face found himself atop the leader board in a three way tie for first place. Andy Spencer, 2018 Watson Challenge Champion, shot a round one score of 65 (-7) at his home course. Spencer shot four birdies in a row on the front nine, eight total on the day and only one bogey. Spencer faced some competition as two others shot a round one 65: Brady Dixon and Denzel Ieremia.
Dixon had a bogey free round with five birdies and an eagle on the Par-4, 16th. Ieremia’s round was highlighted by eight birdies and only one bogey to claim a share of the top spot.
In a field of that featured a lot of low scores, Spencer, Dixon and Ieremia had to replicate their round one scoring in order to claim their spot in the US Amateur Championship. Andy Spencer started off his second round with two birdies on the front nine. After nine pars in a row, Spencer finished with two birdies in the last five holes to shoot a four under 68. Brady Dixon started his second round a little slower making the turn at even par for the day and two birdies on the back nine to finish at 70 (-2).
Spencer finished his 36 holes of qualifying with a total score of 133 (65, 68) to claim the top qualifying spot and edge out Brady Dixon by two. Dixon shot 65, 70 to come in at 135 and secure the second place finish and his spot at Pebble Beach. McCain Schellhardt came in a close third place with a total 136 (68, 68) to claim the first alternate spot for the US Amateur Championship. Lachlan Barker claimed the second alternate spot with a 137 total score (68, 69).
Good luck to both Andy Spencer and Brady Dixon as they go out to California and compete at the great Pebble Beach.
Full field of results is here.