RENO, Nev. – Newcomer Joey Vrzich, of the Nevada men’s golf team, qualified for the 2017 U.S. Amateur Championship on Monday.
Vrzich, an incoming freshman from El Cajon, Calif., won the qualifier by one shot during the 36-hole event yesterday. Vrzich’s qualifier was held at Genoa Lakes Golf Club in nearby Genoa, Nev. His win secured him the lone spot available out of that qualifier to advance to the U.S. Amateur Championship. The championship will be held Aug. 14-20 at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
This was Vrzich’s first attempt at qualifying for the U.S. Amateur Championship. On a day which featured high winds and tough greens, Vrzich carded rounds of 70 and 71 to finish at 3-under par, one stroke better than the runner-up finisher.
This year marks the 117th U.S. Amateur Championship, the oldest golf championship in the United States, just one day older than the U.S. Open. Aside from an eight-year period when it was stroke play (1965-72), the championship has been match-play format.