Aug. 3, 2007
Los Angeles, CA (Aug. 3) - Loyola Marymount University's Brian Locke of the men's golf team qualified for the 2007 U.S. Amateur at The Olympic Club Aug. 20-26 thanks to a four-under 140 at the Sectional Qualifier on Thursday at Cypress Ridge Golf Course. Locke is the second current Lion to qualify for the U.S. Amateur as Jason D'Amore did it in 2004.
Locke, a 2007 All-American for the Lions and two-time WCC champion, shot rounds of 72 and 68 to post a two-round 140. He finished in a tie for second with Nick Delio of Valenica, one stroke behind winner Cameron Tringale of Laguna Niguel.
The 107th Championship will be hosted by The Olympic Club in San Francisco for the third time in its history, hosting it in 1958 (Charles Coe) and 1981 (Nathaniel Crosby). The Club has also hosted the U.S. Open in 1955 (Jack Fleck), 1966 (Bill Casper Jr.), 1987 (Scott Simpson) and in 1998 (Lee Janzen).
The U.S. Amateur, the oldest USGA championship, was first played in 1895 at Newport Golf Club in Rhode Island. The event, which has no age restriction, is open to those with a Handicap Index of 2.4 or lower. It is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.
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'Mara, Hall Sutton, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, grace the Havemeyer Cup. Robert T. Jones won the championship five times (1924, 25, 27, 28, 30) while Woods won the cup three straight times from 1994-96. Richie Ramsay of Scotland won it in 2006.