M. Golf

Crouch Qualifies For U.S. Amateur Championships

DENVER – Florida Southern junior men’s golfer Tim Crouch is set to begin competition here Monday afternoon in the 112th United States Amateur Golf Championship at Cherry Hills Country Club.

Crouch, who finished sixth at last spring’s Sunshine State Conference Championships, is competing in his third USGA (United States Golf Association) national tournament.

The U.S. Amateur Championships began on Monday with 312 players competing in two days of stroke play qualifying. The tournament will continue with match play beginning on Wednesday with the 64 lowest scores advancing from stoke play qualifying and will end on Sunday with a 36 hole final. Last season, Kelly Craft took home the U.S. Amateur Championship with a 2-up win over Patrick Cantlay in Erin Hills, Wis.

“This is the premier amateur tournament in the country, so I’m happy for Tim,” FSC coach Doug Gordin said. “He has worked hard this summer.”

Crouch, who is native of Mount Vernon, Ohio, earned his spot in the 112th U.S. Amateur after shooting a 146 for 36 holes to share medalist honors at a U.S. Amateur qualifier at Winding Hollow Country Club in New Albany, Ohio. He earned one of two spots to this year’s 112th U.S. Amateur.

This year’s U.S. Amateur is the third national USGA tournament Crouch has qualified for as he earned a spot in the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship last summer at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Southwest Oregon and he also participated in the U.S. Junior Amateur when he was 15 years old. He also made to U.S. Open Sectional qualifying two years ago, but didn’t advance to the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. 

In addition to participating in several national USGA Tournaments, Crouch also had some success in amateur tournaments in Ohio as he took home to the 2006 Ohio Junior Championship and was a two-time winner in the Ohio Junior Publinx Championship. Additionally, he also won the 2009 Coca-Cola Shootout at Myrtle Beach National.

Last season, Crouch recorded a 75.1 scoring average in 10 tournaments and 30 rounds of golf and was named to the SSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll. He had two Top 10 finishes and in his two year career at FSC, he has recorded a career scoring average of 74.8 in 18 tournaments and 54 rounds of golf.

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