Marquette Golfers prepare for U.S. Amateur
Aug. 7, 2014
MILWAUKEE - This Monday, Aug. 11, marks the opening round of the 114th U.S. Amateur Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club. It will also mark the debut of senior Brandon Cloete and junior Nick Nelson in what is widely regarded as the most prestigious amateur golf tournament in the world.
Both Cloete and Nelson qualified for the event by finishing first and third respectively in the same local qualifier and continue to play well this summer. Both played well and had strong finishes in the Wisconsin State Amateur and have also had strong showing in numerous other tournaments.
After two rounds of stroke play, the field of 312 golfers will be reduced to the lowest 64 scorers, who will advance to match play. Each round of stroke play and each match is 18 holes, except for the 36-hole championship match scheduled for Aug. 17.
The last Marquette golfer to qualify for the U.S. Amateur was CJ Swift in 2012. Mike Van Sickle, arguably the most decorated golfer to wear the blue and gold, qualified for the event in 2008 and 2009. He also advanced to the round of 16 in 2009 before being defeated by the eventual champion.
Both golfers can be followed through live internet scoring and live television on the Golf Channel (see schedule below).