OXFORD, Miss. – While some of the best names in golf around the world are at Royal Lytham this week competing in the Open Championship, rising sophomore Ole Miss men’s golfer Blake Morris earned a spot in the nation’s top amateur tournament.
Morris qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship Wednesday at the Connecticut National Golf Club in Putnam, Conn., with rounds of 68-70—138 to earn medalist honors. Morris posted seven birdies and three bogeys over the 36-hole qualifier to win by three.
“Blake established himself as one of the top freshmen in the SEC last year. He has worked hard this summer and is eager to improve,” head coach Ernest Ross said. “He has the type of game that will play well on tough courses. He drives it straight and has a good short game. I look forward to watching him play in Denver.”
As a freshman, Morris played in nine tournaments and finished second on the team with a 72.96 stroke average. He picked up one top-10 and two top-20 finishes including a tie for 11th at the SEC Championship.
The U.S. Amateur will be played Aug. 13-19 at the Cherry Hills Golf Club near Denver, Colo. The 2012 U.S. Amateur will be the ninth USGA national championship to be conducted on the layout which is one of three courses to have hosted the U.S. Open, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Amateur.
This marks the fifth time in seven years for the Rebels to have a representative at the U.S. Amateur.
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