Photo Courtesy: Arkansas State Athletics
JONESBORO (Ark. St) - A senior on the Arkansas State men's golf team, Chance Holden has qualified to compete at the U.S. Amateur Aug. 12-18 in Brookline, Mass., after recently finishing tied for fourth place at the Missouri sectional held July 15-17 at Meadowbrook Golf &?Country Club in Ballwin, Mo.
Holden started the tournament by shooting a 2-over 74 on the first two days of the tournament. He shot an even-par 72 on day three and registered his best round on the last day by shooting a 2-under 70 to finish with a 2-over 290 for the entire tournament.
"I really didn't have high expectations coming into this tournament," Holden said. "I came home from vacation and played in the Missouri Amateur a couple weeks before and did well so I was able to keep it rolling for the U.S. Amateur qualifier. I talked to (ASU head men's golf) Coach (Steve) Johnson during the tournament and he was able to keep me calm. I was thinking I would need a few more birdies to qualify but he told me that he thought even-par would get me in. So I didn't press to get birdies and just tried to make pars. Thankfully I shot a couple of birdies late and was able to qualify."
Holden will be one of 312 players competing at The Country Club and Charles River Country Club. The Country Club will be set up at 7,310 yards and will play to a par of 34-36-70. The companion stroke-play qualifying course, Charles River Country Club, will be set up at 6,574 yards and will play to a par of 35-35-70.
The field of 312 players will play 18 holes of stroke play on Aug. 12 and 13, after which the field will be cut to the low 64 scorers. Six rounds of match play begin on Aug. 14 and the championship concludes with a scheduled 36-hole championship match on Aug. 18.
Holden completed his junior season with the Red Wolves in 2012-13 and was one of squad's top performers. He led the team with 32 rounds played and was tied for second on the team with a stroke average of 75.8. He recorded a low round of 70 and finished the season with four top-25 finishes, including the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate where he finished a season-best tied for 11th place.
"I'm very excited for Chance," said Johnson. "He's proven to be one of, if not the, steadiest players on the team and it really paid off for him. National qualifiers can be extremely nerve wracking, but he stepped up with a birdie on two out of the last three holes to win. That's the sign of good things to come, and I'm anxiously awaiting his return to campus for the start of his senior year!"