Canadians Sweep at US Amateur Qualifier
YORK – Calvin Ross and Joey Savoie had a lengthy trip from Canada to get to today’s United States Amateur qualifier at The Ledges GC in York, but for both players the car time was well worth it, as both booked a ticket to the U.S. Amateur Championship next month.
Ross, a 20-year old from Fredericton, New Brunswick and student-athlete out of Texas State University, earned medalist honors on the difficult layout with rounds of 69-70—139 (-5). Savoie, from the suburbs of Montreal, Quebec, was one shot back with scores of 72-68—140 (-4).
Ross finished competing in the New Brunswick Amateur just yesterday afternoon, finishing as the runner-up with a score of -9. He then got in a car and left Edmundston to drive to southern Maine for his early tee time. On the day he carded 11 birdies to secure his spot in his first ever USGA Championship.
Savoie, 24, fired the low round of the day in his second loop, shooting 68 to advance to his fifth U.S. Amateur. At the time he applied for this qualifier in May he was inside the top 50 in the official World Golf Amateur Rankings, which made him exempt for the championship proper. However, in the last week before the rankings for the Amateur cutoff went official, he was bumped to 53rd and lost his exempt status. He persevered nonetheless at today's event despite having to qualify.
Cole Anderson, the 18-year old from Camden fresh off of a win at the Maine Amateur Championship last week at Portland CC, kept up his fine play of late, shooting rounds of 72-70—142 (-2) to secure the first alternate spot. Garren Poirier of Killington, VT earned the 2nd alternate spot with a par on the first playoff hole.
The 119th United States Amateur Championship will take place at the historic Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina on August 12-18.