Everyone wants to have a hometown hero succeed. That’s the hope now for two Iowa golfers in the 112th United States Amateur golf tournament.
Current Hawkeye golfers Ian Vandersee and Brian Bullington qualified for the event. Vandersee won the qualifier at Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City with a 9-under 135, while Bullington shot a 5-under 139 to finish second.
This will be Vandersee’s second consecutive trip to the U.S. Amateur. He shot a 3-over 151 in stroke play and missed the cut. He will use his experience last year to help him prepare for this one.
“I learned a lot from last year’s event,” he said. “While some players there might be better than me, I can still play at their level.”
Vandersee will have momentum on his side after winning the qualifier. He also will get the luxury of seeing a familiar face at the event in Bullington.
Bullington will be making his first U.S. Amateur appearance, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have experience in big tournaments. Last year Bullington won the PGA Junior Series at Blue Top Ridge.
Bullington also earned a top-20 finish in the Junior PGA Tour last year with the help of a tie for 15th finish at the Northern Amateur.
The U.S. Amateur Open will be held at Cherry Hills Country Club and CommonGround Golf Course in Denver this year.
The tournament will contain two days of stroke play to decide the cut line, and five days of match play to decide a champion.
Stroke play will be held at both courses while the match play will only take place at Cherry Hills.