Golfers Wrap Up Stroke Play at U.S. Amateur
ATLANTA, Ga. – LSU’s junior All-American Stewart Jolly and sophomore standout Zach Wright came up short in their bid to qualify for match play tournament at the 114th United States Amateur Championship after wrapping up the second round in 36 holes of stroke play qualifying at the Atlanta Athletic Club on Tuesday afternoon.
The Top 64 qualifiers in the field of 312 players teeing off in Monday’s opening round of stroke play teed off Wednesday in the match play tournament for the coveted Havemeyer Trophy.
Jolly was the top Tiger as he tied for 121st place overall after posting a 36-hole score of 5-over par 148 with rounds of 6-over 78 at the Riverside Course on Monday and an impressive 1-under 70 at the Highlands Course on Tuesday. Wright followed in a tie for 158th place on the leaderboard at 7-over par 150, including an even-par 72 at the Riverside Course on Monday and a 7-over 78 at the Highlands Course on Tuesday.
It marked the third-straight season for Jolly to compete at the U.S. Amateur Championship after advancing to the first round of match play a year ago for his best career finish.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Jolly caps an outstanding junior season with the Tigers that saw him earn his first career First-Team All-SEC selection and Third-Team All-America honors from PING and Golfweek with his performance in 2013-14. He carried that momentum into the summer by winning the Northeast Amateur Invitational and representing Team USA at the 2014 Palmer Cup in England back in June.
Jolly earned an exemption into the 114th U.S. Amateur Championship on the strength of his No. 19 world ranking in the most recent World Amateur Golf Rankings published before the start of the tournament.
Wright ends a brilliant sophomore season with the Tigers that also saw him lead the team to its best finish at the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships since 1967. With the Tigers qualifying among the eight teams in match play for the national championship, Wright won both of his matches to help lead the Tigers into the NCAA Semifinals where they officially tied for third place as one of the nation’s elite for 2013-14.