Fullerton, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton men's golfers Dakota Duerr and Ryan Tetrault have qualified for the 112th U.S. Amateur Championship tournament presented by the U.S. Golf Association (USGA) and will be competing among hundreds of amateurs for an invitation to play in the Masters and U.S. Open in 2013.
Duerr, a Titan senior from Murrieta, Calif., was a co-champion of the Mission Viejo Country Club (Mission Viejo, Calif.) qualifier, shooting a 36-hole score of 145 on July 23.
Tetrault, a sophomore from Villa Park, Calif., qualified with a 141 over 36 holes at the Hacienda Golf Club in La Habra, Calif. on July 30, placing third in the event.
The Fullerton pair heads to the nationally-televised event held at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo., Aug. 13-19. The Golf Channel will televise the first round (Aug. 15 – 1-3 p.m PT and Aug. 16 – 3:30-5:30 p.m. PT) and the quarterfinal matches (Aug. 17 – 5:30-7:30 p.m. PT). NBC will televise the semifinals (Aug. 18 – 1-3 p.m. PT) and championship match (Aug. 19 – 1-3 p.m. PT).
There will be a 36-hole play-in for everyone. The USGA will then take the top 64 scores and narrow the field with match play over 18 holes. The championship match will be played over 36 holes to determine the winner. The champion will be invited to play in all of the majors except the PGA Championship. The runner-up also receives an invitation to play in the Masters and U.S. Open.
The likes of Bobby Jones (five times), Jack Nicklaus (two times) and Tiger Woods (three times; the only player to win three in a row) have competed and won past U.S. Amateur Championships before going on to long and successful professional golfing careers.
QUALIFYING RESULTS: 07/23/12
Mission Viejo, Calif. - Mission Viejo Country Club
Dakota Duerr - Murrieta, Calif. (145)
Steven Kearney - Carlsbad, Calif. (145)
Gordon Neale - Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. (145)
Andrew Levitt - Ladera Ranch, Calif. (146)
Gabriel Armendariz - Tustin, Calif. (146)
QUALIFYING RESULTS: 07/30/12
La Habra Heights, Calif. - Hacienda Golf Club
Yi Keun Chang - Walnut, Calif. (139)
Jay Hwang - San Diego, Calif. (139)
Ryan Tetrault - Villa Park, Calif. (141)
Aaron West - Woodland Hills, Calif. (142)
Mark Manwaring - Long Beach, Calif. (143)