July 23, 2018

Michael Brennan battled floods and rain on his way to the medal.

Brennan, Windred emerge from #USAmateur Qual. at Chambersburg

  CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. Two days, two delays, and finally, two national championship qualifiers.

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  Water levels subsided on Tuesday afternoon, allowing Michael Brennan and Blake Windred to earn berths in a U.S. Amateur Qualifier administered by the Golf Association of Philadelphia at Chambersburg Country Club (par 73, 6,720 yards).

  Brennan, a 16-year-old Wake Forest University commit, filed matchings rounds of 69 en route to an 8-under total of 138 and medalist honors. He bettered a field of 78 hopefuls one that saw only 33 players complete both rounds.

  Windred, a top-ranked amateur from Australia, carded a first-round 69, followed by a 71, leading to a 6-under 140 total. The 20-year-old came out victorious in a 3-for-1 playoff thanks to a 10-foot, fist-pumping birdie on the first playoff hole to advance. Rutgers Universitys Oliver Whatley of Rockville, Md. claimed the first alternate position, while Kennesaw State Universitys Wyatt Larkin of Morganton, Ga. grabbed the second available.

  The #USAmateur Championship will be played at Pebble Beach Golf Links (Pebble Beach, Calif.) on August 13-19.

  Chambersburg, the junior golf home of USGA Executive Director Mike Davis, withstood intense flooding and rainfall from Saturday into Tuesday morning. Issues were caused, and cart paths turned into rivers, but it wouldn't be enough to stop Brennan and Windred from claiming their invites.

  After getting underway at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, play was suspended promptly at 1:48 p.m., followed by a postponement announcement at 3:14 p.m. Overwhelming flooding specifically on the areas near holes Nos. 3, 12 and 15 was deemed a safety concern as water began to rush downstream from the mountains north of the course.

  LedgeRock Golf Clubs J.D. Hughes, a junior standout at Penn State University, held the overnight lead after Mondays limited action with a 6-under 67.

  [Six under] is a good number. But once I got through nine holes [at 5 under], all I wanted was more putts to fall. I had so many good looks there that didnt go, said Hughes, 22, of Carlisle, Pa., after his first round. Im exhausted, to be honest with you. The plan is to go home and get some sleep since its going to be an early one tomorrow.

  An early one it was, as play resumed Tuesday at 8 a.m. under a steady stream of rain. The morning golf session didnt last long. Ponding water began to build on putting greens and kept players off the course until play resumed at 12:45 p.m. when a finishing window presented itself.

  Hughes found trouble just before the delay on the par-5, 535-yard 15th. Hed go on to finish the hole after the break, collecting a triple-bogey 8 to knock him off the lead.

  It was then when Brennan made his move to the top.

  On No. 4 (par 4, 410 yards), his driver found the right-center of the fairway, followed by a wedge approach from 145 yards out that led to a 12-foot birdie conversion. No. 6 (par 4, 407 yards) hosted the next red digit. A warrant drive went into the right trees, but Brennan was able to lift a 50-degree wedge over the branches from 130 yards, resulting in an eventual 15-foot birdie make. Another 3 fell on No. 8 (par 4, 370 yards). Brennan bombed driver down the center, and with just 76 yards in, he placed a 60-degree wedge to pin-high left. That attempt hit nothing but the bottom of the cup, moving Brennan to 7-under total at the turn.

  I had no idea where I stood. I didnt really want to know, considering the greens were soft and the shorter yardages, said Brennan, of Leesburg, Va. There was no point in adding extra pressure, plus I knew I wanted to attack flagsticks all round anyway.

  Brennans finishing nine wasnt as red, but eight pars and a two-putt birdie on No. 14 (par 5, 535 yards) got him in the clubhouse ahead of the pack. More importantly, it was good enough to earn an invitation to Pebble Beach.

  I cant believe Im going to play Pebble, he said. Ive only been to the West coast, for a very short time, so Im very, very excited.

  The future Demon Deacon, who committed to Wake Forest in June, is now set to make his USGA debut. The reigning Virginia State Golf Association Junior Boys' Golfer of the Year will head to Pebble as one of the youngest competitors, but also with plenty to prove.

  I obviously dont have as much experience as many of the other guys, but Im looking forward to playing in the biggest national amateur tournament there is. Its a big deal, said Brennan. Ive played in the U.S. Open Sectionals twice over the past two seasons, which was great, but this is also big for me.

  In the events 3-for-1 playoff, Windred surfaced with the invitation. Hes been away from the land down under for eight weeks, but the international journey was all worth it in the end for the Aussie.   Its possibly the greatest feeling, especially knowing how tough the past few weeks and days have been for me. All I wanted to do was win at all costs even if I had to stay for another week to wait out the rain delay, said Windred.

  Ranked 54th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR), Windred just missed on a top-50 exemption into the championship proper. He wouldnt let that cause him to miss out.

  Its very rewarding for me to have gotten the job done. Ive kind of put all of my eggs into one basket trying to become a professional golfer one day. Not many of us go to college in Australia, because we have our own golf academies and development programs, said Windred, who plays in the Golf New South Wales program. I wouldnt want to do anything else, and its all worth it in times like these.

  The support he has received from home was what fueled his prevailing performance. A post-round phone call to his parents brought an unforgettable smile to Windreds face.

  Theyre the people who are helping me fund my dream, he said. Ive had to change flights many times, and even ask for more meals, so it feels fantastic to reward them at the same time.

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Qualifiers

Name, club

R1-R2Total

Michael Brennan, Leesburg, Va.

69-69138

*Blake Windred, Australia

69-71140

 

Alternates (in order)

 

*Oliver Whatley, Rockville, Md.

70-70140

*Wyatt Larkin, Morganton, Ga.

69-71140

 

Failed to qualify

Henry Westmoreland, Wacissa, Fla.

72-69141

Charles Musto, Sterling, Va.

72-71143

Kyle Vance, Audubon, Pa.

71-72143

Jason Wilson, Orefield, Pa.

70-73143

J.D. Hughes, Carlisle, Pa.

67-77144

Elliott Grayson, Shelby, N.C.

72-73145

Zack Henry, Front Royal, Va.

74-71145

Maxwell Moldovan, Uniontown, Ohio

71-74145

Jacob Reilly, Hershey, Pa.

72-73145

Pieter Degroot, Potomac, Md.

71-75146

Justin Emmons, Asheboro, N.C.

73-73146

David Luo, Centreville, Va.

71-75146

Connor Flach, Ellicott City, Md.

73-74147

Quentin Griffith, Pennsauken, N.J.

72-75147

Mark Johnson, St. Simons Island, Ga.

73-74147

Matthew Barnes, Bethesda, Md.

70-78148

Steve Crain, Dillsburg, Pa.

73-75148

Derek Baker, Waynesboro, Pa.

70-79149

Blaine Lafferty, Marlton, N.J.

75-74149

Karsen Rush, Chambersburg, Pa.

73-76149

Ryan Barnett, Philadelphia, Pa.

70-80150

Bradley Calloway, Asheboro, N.C.

75-76151

Michael Hoare, Mechanicsburg, Pa.

73-80153

Ryan Kelly, Annapolis, Md.

70-83153

Andrew Forjan, York, Pa.

78-77155

Owen Brown, Coatesville, Pa.

80-76156

Terence Schmutz, Brinklow, Md.

75-83158

Austin Schreffler, Dillsburg, Pa.

75-85160

Jordan Shaffer, Fayetteville, Pa.

79-82161

Noah Firestone, Annville, Pa.

72-WDWD

David Herbst, Mechanicsburg, Pa.

74-WDWD

Daniel Hurley, Washington, D.C.

74-WDWD

Oliver White, Lower Gwynedd, Pa.

74-WDWD

Sam Weaver, Darnestown, Md.

74-WDWD

David Pompey, Clarks Summit, Pa.

75-WDWD

Matt Kocolowski, Baltimore, Md.

75-WDWD

Mac Harris, Orlando, Fla.

75-WDWD

Ryan Dornes, Lancaster, Pa.

76-WDWD

John Buliga, Langhorne, Pa.

76-WDWD

Colin Warren, Rockville Centre, N.Y.

76-WDWD

Austin Crowder, Greenwood, In.

77-WDWD

Scott Kegerreis, Chambersburg, Pa.

77-WDWD

Mark Lyszczasz, Green Brook, N.J.

77-WDWD

Marc Oliveri, Lancaster, Pa.

77-WDWD

Jalen Griffin, San Francisco, Calif.

77-WDWD

Ian Hildebrand, Purcellville, Va.

78-WDWD

Bryan Morris, Beltsville, Md.

78-WDWD

Chris Navarro, Davidsonville, Md.

78-WDWD

Chris Rockwell, Baltimore, Md.

78-WDWD

Luke Schaap, Potomac, Md.

78-WDWD

Matthew Bastian, Media, Pa.

79-WDWD

Benjamin Pochet, Royersford, Pa.

79-WDWD

Scott Hall, Shippensburg, Pa.

79-WDWD

Gregory Welsh, Ambler, Pa.

81-WDWD

Noah Firmstone, Moon Township, Pa.

80-WDWD

Benjamin Esposito, Pittsboro, N.C.

82-WDWD

Michael Disante, York Haven, Pa.

82-WDWD

Jesse Hazam, Mechanicsburg, Pa.

83-WDWD

Jason Koshinski, Mechanicsburg, Pa.

83-WDWD

Karl Frisk, Spring Grove, Pa.

84-WDWD

Yida Wang, Potomac, Md.

87-WDWD

Eric Buckland, Lancaster, Pa.

87-WDWD

Ryan Coccagna, Converse, Texas

88-WDWD

Anthony Barr, Harleysville, Pa.

WD-WDWD

Ryan Crabtree, Williamsport, Md.

WD-WDWD

Adam Cranford, Mountain Brook, Ala.

WD-WDWD

Matt Kreider, Lititz, Pa.

WD-WDWD

Patrick Mitchell, Scranton, Pa.

WD-WDWD

Christopher Stager, Bethlehem, Pa.

WD-WDWD

Alex Urrea, Presto, Pa.

WD-WDWD

Justin Young, Salem, Va.

WD-WDWD

Michael Zeng, Downingtown, Pa.

WD-WDWD

Jacob Zeng, Downingtown, Pa.

NS-NSNS

Phillip Held, Lafayette Hill, Pa.

NS-NSNS

 

* - decided in playoff

WD - withdrawal; NS - no show

 

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