Wall Qualifies For U.S. Amateur
PURCHASE, N.Y. - Loyola University Maryland golf rising senior Jeremy Wall won a 4-for-1 playoff Monday afternoon at Brae Burn Country Club to qualify for his third U.S. Amateur Championship.
Wall turned in a 3-over 146 (71-75) to finish the two-round tournament in a four-way tie for third with Joshua Goldenberg, Robert Diforio Jr. and Christian Cavaliere. Wake Forest's Cameron Young clinched the first of the three qualifying spots, with James Grierson taking the second.
"If you had told me halfway through the back nine that I would be in a playoff for the last qualifying spot, I would have been excited," Wall said. "I didn't start the second round well and wasn't having a solid back nine, so I thought it was over.
"When I found out I was needed for the qualifier though, I realized it didn't matter what had happened earlier in the day. I just had to refocus and beat these three guys, and I would be in."
Diforio and Goldenberg bogied the first playoff hole, while Wall and Cavaliere made par to advance to a second hole. Cavaliere then bogied the second hole, while Wall sunk a five-foot putt for par to secure the third qualifying spot and his fifth USGA Championship appearance.
"The excitement of making a clutch, make-it-and-go, putt is the coolest thing about competitive golf," Wall admitted. "After playing golf for 15-16 years, to have that moment where all of your hard work and time spent playing comes to fruition is pretty satisfying. To make a putt like that, it's a huge confidence builder and an experience that I will take with me moving forward."
In securing the qualifying spot, Wall will head to Los Angeles to compete in the US Amateur at The Riviera Country Club August 14-20. This will be his first U.S. Amateur appearance since 2013, while he becomes the fifth Greyhound under head coach Chris Baloga to qualify for a U.S. Amateur Championship (Cameron Liebert, Keegan Boone, Bart George, Matt Oshrine).