JACK TOLSON AND CARTER TOMS QUALIFY FOR UNITED STATES AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

Shreveport, LA — July 9, 2018

Jack Tolson of Opelousas, Louisiana and Carter Toms of Shreveport, Louisiana earned co-medalist honors after shooting a 36-hole total of four-under par 138 on Monday at the U.S. Amateur Sectional Qualifier at East Ridge Country Club in Shreveport. Tolson, who plays college golf at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, fired the low round of the day (67) in the first round. Amazingly, it was the first time that he had ever played the golf course. He arrived to Shreveport late Sunday evening after driving straight from another tournament in Mississippi. Tolson held it together in his afternoon round, shooting an even par 71. Toms, who plays college golf at Louisiana State University, got off to a blistering start Monday morning and was four-under par through his first five holes. He would go on to card a one-under par 70 in his opening round. Toms knew he would have to take it low in the afternoon to advance, and he did just that by firing a three-under par 68. Tolson and Toms will now advance to the 118th Championship proper at Pebble Beach Golf Links, to be conducted August 13-19, 2018.

Sutton Farmer of Sulphur, Louisiana finished at three-under par 139 to take the First Alternate spot and Jeffery Berry of Keithville, Louisiana is Second Alternate.

It was a long day of golf for competitors battling for the two qualifying spots on Monday. The first groups teed off at 7:30 AM, and the final putt of the day dropped at 6:45 PM.  The weather was hot and humid as one would expect in Louisiana in July. Temperatures reached the low 90s but occasional cloud cover and a steady breeze helped substantially. Scoring conditions were ideal, and the golf course was in excellent condition, playing firm and fast to a par 71 at approximately 6,800 yards. The East Ridge Country Club course will also host the Louisiana Golf Association Junior Amateur Championship Wednesday through Friday.

The U.S. Amateur was created in 1895 and is the oldest USGA Championship. Pebble Beach, designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant, opened in 1919 and provides an incredible Championship legacy. By the time Pebble Beach hosted its second U.S. Amateur Championship in 1947, USGA President Charles Littlefield was quoted as saying, “If I was going to be President of the United States Golf Association any longer, I’d hold them all here. This is the grandest place to hold a golf tournament I’ve ever seen.” The U.S. Amateur returns to Pebble Beach in 2018 for a fifth time, and the first since 1999. Pebble Beach has been the stunning stage of everything from Bobby Jones’ upset loss in 1929, to Jack Nicklaus’ dominant win in 1961. In all, Pebble Beach has hosted 11 USGA Championships to date, including the U.S. Open five times in 1972, 1982, 1992, 2000, and 2010, and it is also scheduled to host the 2019 U.S. Open. 7,463 total entries were accepted for this year’s U.S. Amateur Championship. A field of 312 players will play 18 holes of stroke play on August 13-14 on each of the two qualifying courses (Pebble Beach: 7,040 yards/Par 71and Spyglass Hill: 6,993 yards/Par 72), after which the field will be cut to the low 64 scorers. Six rounds of match play begin on August 15, and the Championship concludes with a 36-hole championship match on Sunday, August 19.

The U.S. Amateur Qualifier at East Ridge Country Club was conducted by the Louisiana Golf Association, an Allied Golf Association of the USGA.

Click here for full results from the U.S Amateur Qualifier.

U.S. Amateur coverage will be broadcast on FS1, August 15-17 and on Fox, August 18-19.