FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. - Former Armstrong State University men's golf All-American Shad Tuten earned a berth into the 115th U.S. Amateur Championship by capturing a sectional qualifier on Tuesday, shooting a second consecutive round of 67 to earn one of two spots at the Amelia National Golf Club in Fernandina Beach, Fla.
Tuten's two-day 134 total secured one of two spots among the 75 golfers who competed in Florida. He will now travel to the Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Ill., to compete in the 115th U.S. Amateur Championship on August 17-23, 2015.
The Elberton, Ga., native qualifies for the U.S. Amateur for the first time in his career and he becomes the fourth current or former Armstrong State men's golfer to earn a spot in the championship since the program's reinstatement in 2000, following in the footsteps of Chris Epperson (2004), Chris Wolfe (2009) and former teammate Travis Williamson (2014).
A GCAA first team All-American as a senior for the Pirates in 2014, Tuten played for two years at Armstrong State, carrying a career 73.25 stroke average in 59 rounds of action. He won tournaments twice as a junior in 2013-14, and had nine Top 5 finishes in his 22 career events.
You can follow all the action from the 115th U.S. Amateur Championship through the USGA's official website at http://www.2015usamateur.com/.
(From Armstrong State University Reports)