Golf's Brian Carroll Qualifies for U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship
July 12, 2005
LEBANON, OH -- George Washington's Brian Carroll (Crystal Lake, IL/Crystal Lake South) qualified for the 2005 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship and shot a two-round 151 (78-73) which just missed the cut Tuesday at the Shaker Run Golf Course in Lebanon, Ohio. Carroll's 11-over-par total was one stroke over the cut of +10 (150) and tied for 76th on the 6,966-yard, par-70 course. The tournament is being held July 11-16.
Among others in the field at Shaker Run was 15-year-old phenom, Michelle Wie of Honolulu. Wie was tied for 49th with an +8 148 (76-72).
The U.S. Amateur Public Links is one of four Amateur Championships that the USGA hosts for males and one of only two that are open to players of all ages. The U.S. Amateur, the U.S. Junior Amateur (for persons under 18), the U.S. Mid Amateur (for persons over 25) and the Pub Links. GW freshman Tim Johnson (Marblehead, MA/Gov. Dummer Academy) qualified last year and finished 72nd, missing advancing to match play by one shot.
The U.S. Amateur Championship, which is the oldest USGA Championship, was first played in 1895 at the Newport Golf Club in Rhode Island.
On June 30th, Carroll won the 2005 Chicago District Golf Association (CDGA) Amateur Championship at the LaGrange Country Club near Chicago. The CDGA Amateur is the second most prestigious amateur golf tournament in Illinois behind only the State Amateur (in which Carroll finished fifth last year).More than 260 of the top amateur golfers in Illinois attempted to qualify at four different sites. The 60 qualifiers then play 36 holes on Monday and the low 16 players then advance to Match Play.Carroll advanced with scores of 74-72 which placed him as the 14th seed of 16. He won his first match against the 3rd seed June 26 and then won two more matches on Wednesday against the 11th seed and the 2nd seed to advance to the finals. He then won the 36-hole final match, 3 and 2, against Rick LeHew of Peoria, IL.
Carroll qualified for the U.S. Amateur last summer and played in the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2000.
The Colonials' co-captain, Carroll was named the 2005 Atlantic 10 Conference Student-Athlete of the Year for men's golf. He competed in 14 tournaments during the 2004-05 season, placing among the top 10 seven times, including four second-place finishes. He also had three top-20 finishes. He led GW with a 74.59 stroke average over 30.5 rounds. He matched his season low round of 70 three times, including one at the Princeton Invitational to help George Washington to the team title.