Troy’s Calum Masters qualifies for U.S. Amateur Championship

TROY, Ala. (troytrojans.com) – Troy rising sophomore Calum Masters became the second Trojan golfer to qualify for the 2016 U.S. Amateur Championship after shooting a 7-under 137 over two rounds Monday and Tuesday at a qualifier at the Amelia National Golf Club in Fernandina Beach, Fla.

Masters tied for second in the event and earned the spot in the U.S. Amateur Championship after defeating Devin Suri and Mark Johnson over three playoff holes. Rising senior Luke Moser punched his ticket to the U.S. Amateur Championship last week at a qualifier in Michigan. The pair’s inclusion in the 2016 U.S. Amateur Championship will mark the fifth straight year with a current Trojan golfer in the field.

A native of Headland, Ala., Masters dominated down the stretch as he played seven of his final 13 rounds under par with a 70.54 stroke average. His highest round over that period was a pair of 3-over 75s, while he carded six rounds in the 60s with top 10 finishes in four of five events.

Masters’ spring success came against top competition as he tied for sixth at the Tiger Invitational (Auburn), finished third at the Seminole Intercollegiate (Florida State), tied for 10th at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate (South Carolina) and tied for second at the Sun Belt Championship. He lowered his stroke average by 4.73 strokes from the fall to the spring, while his six rounds in the 60s (all in the final five tournaments of the year) were tied for the most on the team.

Rising senior Jared Bettcher played in the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship, Tolver Dozier, who competed in the 2015 NCAA Championship, played in the 2014 and 2012 U.S. Amateur Championships, while Jake Tucker played in the 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship.

Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., will host the 2016 U.S. Amateur Championship on Aug. 15-21. Oakland Hills is one of eight other American Clubs that have hosted the U.S. Open Championship (1924, 1937, 1951, 1961, 1985, 1996) the U.S. Senior Open Championship (1981, 1991), the PGA Championship (1972, 1979, 2008) and the U.S. Amateur Championship (2002, 2016). The course also hosted the 2004 Ryder Cup.

The winner of the U.S. Amateur will receive an invitation to play in all of the majors with the exception of the PGA Championship. The runner-up of the U.S. Amateur Championship will receive an invitation to play in the Masters and U.S. Open.

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