IPFW golfer Drew Imel recently earned one of three qualifying bids at the Warren Golf Club to advance to the 2012 United States Golf Association (USGA) U.S. Amateur Championships at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado.
"What a great accomplishment," IPFW men's golf coach Billy King said in a release. "The U.S. Amateur has a long history and only the best of the best get an opportunity to participate."
Throughout its history, the U.S. Amateur has been the most coveted of all amateur titles. Many of the great names of professional golf, such as Gene Littler, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lanny Wadkins, Craig Stadler, Jerry Pate, Mark O'Meara, Hal Sutton, Phil Mickelson, and Tiger Woods, grace the Havemeyer Cup, given to the U.S. Amateur Champion.
Imel tied for second of 68 total competitors. The Norwell High School alum opened the round with a 69 before carding a 73 to clinch his bid. Kramer Hickok, who plays collegiately at the University of Texas, was the tournament medalist with a 135, while Imel tied with Adam Schenk, who plays for Purdue University.
The Championship event is a match-play tournament, and is scheduled for August 13 to 19.
"Drew's hard work is paying off," King said. "I couldn't be prouder as his coach. This could be the best thing to happen to our program, and will springboard us to bigger and greater things. It's a great time to be part of IPFW men's golf."