Los Angeles - South Africa’s No 1-ranked Kyle
McClatchie and compatriots Ross Sinclair and Ian Snyman will join the hunt for
the most sough-after title in amateur golf at the 117th U.S.
Amateur Golf Championship in Los Angeles next week.
from Ekurhuleni, Gauteng North’s Sinclair and Snyman from Western Province
qualified alongside 309 amateurs from 29 countries starting the 36-hole stroke
play qualifier at the Riviera and Bel-Air Country Clubs on August 14. Only the
leading 64 players will advance to contest for the iconic Havemeyer Trophy in
the match play stage at the Riviera Country Club from August 16-20.
players were fully exempt into this year’s championship, which meant the South
African trio had to join more than 7 000 hopefuls around the globe who had to
fight their way into the starting line-up at 100 qualifying sites in the United
States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
claimed his spot in the North Carolina Sectional Qualifier, Snyman guaranteed his
start in Texas and Sinclair secured his
berth in Ohio.
English Amateur Stroke Play champion McClatchie joined 64 amateurs at Benvenue
Country Club in Rocky Mount, where he claimed the third and final spot behind
co-leaders Australian Dylan Perry and Scott Stevens.
fired five birdies down the back nine for a 65 and the American also racked up
five birdies over the last nine holes for a 69 to claim the first two
qualifying spots on eight under.
70 in the first round and I got to nine under through 15 holes in the final
round, but I thought I’d blown my chances after I dropped 16 and 18,” said
guys who won the qualifier finished at eight under and I managed to snag the
third spot at seven under. It’s just real pity that the U.S. Amateur conflicts
with the Fellowship Cup Test against India at home, because I would have loved
to represent South Africa.
chance to compete against the top amateurs in the world is too good to pass up.
No matter how far I go in this championship, this is a once in a lifetime
opportunity and I couldn’t miss the chance to test myself and gain experience
against this quality field.”
who just started his second season at the North Texas University, qualified
courtesy of a nine under par performance at the Lantana Golf Club in Dallas
Fort Worth. Snyman posted rounds of 67 and 68 to claim the second qualifying
spot. He finished three strokes behind the winner Matthew Perrine from the
qualified at the Shaker Heights Country Club.
former GolfRSA National Squad player returned successive rounds of 72 for an
aggregate score of four over 144 that was good enough to earn him the third
qualifying spot. Sinclair, a former Nomads SA Boys Under-19 champion and AJGA
Under Armour Championship series winner, starts his second season at University
of New Mexico this year.