CJ Swift Qualifies For U.S. Amateur Championship
July 25, 2012
MILWAUKEE - Marquette University sophomore CJ Swift has qualified for the 112th U.S. Amateur Championship. Swift carded a two-round total of 145 (70-75) and tied for second place Monday at the TPC River Highlands qualifier in Cromwell, Conn. [results]
Swift, who four days prior captured the 2012 New England Amateur Championship, finished one stroke behind the individual champion en route to qualifying for one of the tournament's three spots in the U.S. Amateur, which begins Aug. 13, at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo.
Organized by the United States Golf Association (U.S.G.A.), the U.S. Amateur began in 1895 and is regarded by many as the most prestigious annual golf tournament in the world. It has featured past champions such as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bobby Jones.
Mike Van Sickle was the last Marquette golfer to earn a spot in the U.S. Amateur. Van Sickle advanced to the round of 16 in the match-play portion of the 109th U.S. Amateur played at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., in 2009, finishing higher than current PGA Tour professionals Bud Cauley, Cameron Tringale and Rickie Fowler.
In addition to Swift, Marquette alumnus Nathan Colson is an alternate for this year's U.S. Amateur after narrowly missing the final qualifying spot at the Oconomowoc Golf Club (Oconomowoc, Wis.) qualifying tournament, which was also held this past Monday.
Swift, who hails from New Canaan, Conn., fired a 2-under-par 283 to win the New England Amateur Championship on July 19 at Falmouth Country Club in Falmouth, Maine. He played in nine tournaments for the Golden Eagles as a freshman in 2011-12 and is one of seven returning MU golfers.
Photo: David Colt / Connecticut State Golf Association