Marquette Golfers Shine in U.S. Amateur Qualifying
July 14, 2014
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University men’s golf team put on an impressive showing at the Hidden Glen at Bentdale Farms U.S. Amateur qualifier in Cedarburg, Wisconsin as two members of the current men’s team qualified for the prestigious event.
The qualifier, which consisted of over 70 participants, had three qualifying spots and two alternate spots available for the 114th U.S. Amateur Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
Senior Brandon Cloete and junior Nick Nelson were two of the three golfers to qualify for the U.S. Amateur. Cloete, the qualifiers medalist, played stellar golf as he set a new competitive course record at Hidden Glen by firing a 6-under 66 en route to a two-round total of 139 (-5). Nelson was also on top of his game by carding a two-round total of 141 (69-72) to beat out fellow teammate Pat Sanchez by one shot, who will be the first alternate out of this qualifier. Joining Sanchez as second alternate is Marquette alum Joe Weber who also carded a 142 (71-71).
“To play your way into a U.S. Amateur is a big-time accomplishment,” said Steve Bailey, who will be entering his fifth season as Marquette head men’s golf coach, “I am extremely proud of Brandon and Nick.”
Organized by the United States Golf Association, the U.S. Amateur began in 1895 and is considered one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the world. The event has featured past champions such as Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.
Junior CJ Swift was the last Marquette golfer to earn a spot in the U.S. Amateur by qualifying for the 2012 U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado.
While it is an individual competition, representatives of Marquette filled the top of the leaderboard. Junior Zach Gaugert fired a 1-under 143 (70-73), which was good for a tie for sixth and sophomore Henry Klongland shot 146 (71-75) to round out the top 10.
“What made the experience even more memorable was seeing their teammates cheering them on and embracing them behind the 18th green,” said Bailey.
Cloete and Nelson look to write their own, as well as Marquette’s history, as they put their skills to the test at the Atlanta Athletic Club from Aug. 11-17.