For the second year in a row, former South Forsyth golfer Chris Guglielmo will have an opportunity to compete with the best amateur golfers in the world in one of the most prestigious tournaments off the professional circuit.
With a blazing 66 on day one and a 72 on day two, Guglielmo finished second in the U.S. Amateur sectional qualifier at Newnan Country Club, which concluded play Tuesday. He tied James Clark of Fortson, Georgia, at 2-under par for the event, while Ben Schlottman (Winston Salem, North Carolina) finished first and Spencer Ralston (Gainesville) took the final slot with a 1-under performance.
“It’s been a huge goal of mine to qualify for the U.S. Amateur this year, so it’s a great feeling to be going back to the most prestigious amateur tournament,” Guglielmo told KSU athletics on Tuesday. “I believe this year I will be more prepared because I played in it last year and have an idea of what to expect. I’ve been playing some solid and consistent golf this year and I’m really looking forward to representing KSU and seeing how far I can go in this year’s U.S. Amateur.”
Guglielmo and former Lambert golfer Jake Fendt, both who play collegiately at Kennesaw State University, qualified for the U.S. Amateur last season by finishing first and second, respectively, in the regional qualifier.
Last week Fendt was in contention for another qualifier at Horseshoe Bend in Roswell, but finished fifth—the top four slots qualified.
Guglielmo is the first Kennesaw State golfer to qualify for two U.S. Amateur Championship slots—he was a stroke off making it in his sophomore season as well. Only six individuals have qualified for the competition from the school in its history.
The U.S. Amateur Championship will be held at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Play will begin Aug. 15 and conclude Aug. 21, with competition set to be shown on FOX Sports 1 and FOX channels. The tournament features a round of 64, a round of 32, quarterfinals, semifinals and two days of a championship round.