CHARLESTON, SC July 9, 2014 – A day after former teammate Alex Ellis qualified for the 2014 U.S. Amateur Championship, rising College of Charleston senior men’s golfer Zach Munroe earned his opportunity to compete for golf’s most-prized amateur title by finishing third in his sectional qualifying at George Wright Golf Course in Boston on Wednesday.
Munroe qualifies for the prestigious event for the second time in his career, having advanced deep into the 2012 U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills Country Club.
“It is great to have Zach back at the U.S. Am.,” said CofC head coach Mark McEntire. “He lost in the Round of 16 two years ago in Denver, and has been looking for redemption ever since. This is an excellent start for Zach heading into his senior season and I hope this will carry over throughout the fall!”
Munroe opened the 36-hole qualifying with an impressive three-under-par 67, tying fellow qualifier Alex Jeffers for the lowest round recorded at the sectional qualifier. After a carding a three-over 73 in round two, Munroe finished at even-par 140, ensuring qualification as one of three players at par or better after 36 holes.
The 2014 U.S. Amateur will be held at Atlanta Athletic Club from Aug. 11-17. The tournament consists of two days of stroke play, with the leading 64 competitors then playing a knockout competition determined by head-to-head match play to decide the champion. All knockout matches are over 18 holes except for the final, which consists of 36 holes, separated into morning and afternoon 18-hole rounds.
The winner of the most coveted amateur title will be invited to play in all of the professional majors except the PGA Championship. Additionally, the runner-up also receives an invitation to play in the Masters and the U.S. Open.
Munroe’s U.S. Amateur run in 2012 tied the best such performance by a College of Charleston golfer. After placing himself in the top 64 after the stroke-play portion, Munroe twice advanced through the match play rounds before falling to eventual champion Steven Fox.