Jolly, Wright Ready for US Amateur
BATON ROUGE – Two LSU Tigers will be in the field for the 114th United States Amateur Championship next week as rising senior All-American Stewart Jolly and rising junior standout Zach Wright will make the trip to the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Georgia, for one of the world’s premier amateur tournaments that will be held from Aug. 11-17.
Two rounds of stroke play will be held on Aug. 11-12 before the start of match play tournament with the first round on Aug. 13 as 64 qualifiers will play at the Highlands Course at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
Jolly is set to make his third-straight appearance at the U.S. Amateur Championship as he received an automatic exemption into the tournament on the strength of his No. 19 world ranking in the latest World Amateur Golf Ranking. The Birmingham, Alabama, native has certainly emerged as one of the world’s top amateur golfers throughout his recently-completed junior season in 2013-14.
Jolly recently represented the United States as part of the 10-man team that battled Team Europe at the 2014 Palmer Cup held in June at Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England. After being named a First-Team All-SEC performer and a Third-Team All-American by both PING and Golfweek following the collegiate season, Jolly captured the Northeast Amateur title just one week before his appearance at the Palmer Cup.
Jolly has made two previous appearances at the U.S. Amateur Championship in 2012 and 2013 that includes a berth in the first round of match play at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, a summer ago.
Wright is also fresh off of an outstanding sophomore season at LSU as he was vital in leading the Tigers into the NCAA Semifinals and a tie for third place nationally at the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships held at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas, back in May.
It marks the second time three years that Wright has qualified for the field at the U.S. Amateur Championship as he made his tournament debut as a high school senior in 2012 before his arrival in Baton Rouge.
A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Wright earned qualification as the runner-up in the 36-hole sectional qualifier at Moon Valley Country Club in Phoenix that was held on July 14-15. Wright fired a two-round total of 7-under par 137 to finish two shots off the pace of Scottsdale’s R.J. Wood, who was the top qualifier in the event with a winning 9-under 135.
The sectional qualifier at Moon Valley Country Club produced three U.S. Amateur qualifiers with Phoenix native and Washington State rising senior Michael Anderson defeating both Caleb Ramirez of Blythe, California, and Tim Beans of Newport Beach, California, in a playoff for the final spot in the field after firing matching scores of 4-under par 140 for 36 holes.