Golf: Carpenter qualifies for U.S. Amateur Championship

Stillwater’s Hudson Carpenter earned a spot in the most prestigious amateur golf tournament in the country on Monday while tying for second place in a section qualifier for the 112th U.S. Amateur Championship at Victory Links Golf Club in Blaine.

Stillwater graduate and current South Dakota State University golfer Hudson Carpenter qualified for the 112th U.S. Amateur Championship on Monday after tying for second place in a sectional qualifier at Victory Links Golf Club in Blaine.

Carpenter, a junior-to-be at South Dakota State University, posted a 2-under score of 140 to tie Charlie Danielson of Osceola, Wis., for second place behind Brett Drewitt, who carded a sizzling 63 in the afternoon to post a winning total of 137.

The top three finishers each qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship that will be contested at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver on Aug. 13-19.

Carpenter’s 67 in the morning was the lowest first-round score and he followed that up with a 73 in Round 2 on the 7,092-yard, par-71 course. Drewitt, meanwhile, nearly shot himself out of the tournament while making five bogeys en route to a 40 on his first nine. The Australian answered by recording nine birdies and an eagle with just one bogey over the next 27 holes to claim medalist honors.

University of Minnesota golfers Tyler Lowenstein of Plymouth and David Haley, Jr., of Hilliard, Ohio each finished one shot behind Carpenter and Danielson. Another Gophers player Erik Van Rooyen, who just won the MGA State Amateur last week, placed sixth on Monday at 142.

Carpenter made five birdies and just one bogey in the morning round. A double bogey on No. 14 — he started the second round on 10 — followed by a bogey on No. 3 were the only blemishes in a second round that also included his second birdie of the day on the par-5 16th.

The U.S. Amateur will feature 312 entries playing two qualifying rounds and the top 64 advancing to the match-play portion of the tournament.