August 6, 2013

BALL TO PLAY IN U.S. AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

RICHMOND, Va. – Adam Ball's summer vacation will have one more memorable road trip.

The VCU rising sophomore learned this week he has been selected for the 113th U.S. Amateur Championship Aug. 12-18 at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. The U.S. Amateur is the top-ranked amateur tournament in the world, and past winners include Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Mark O'Meara, Phil Mickelson, Scott Verplank and Justin Leonard.
 
The tournament will feature 36 holes of stroke play, through which players will qualify for a match play championship. The Country Club will play as a 7,310-yard, par 70 layout for the U.S. Amateur.
 
Ball qualified for the tournament as an alternate. He shot 70-67=137 at the U.S. Amateur Sectional at Salisbury Country Club on July 22 to tie for second among a field of 72, but surrendered one of the two automatic qualifying spots on the second hole of a sudden death playoff. However, due to the strength of Ball's sectional, which included 35 Division I golfers, he was one of the first players in line for the U.S. Amateur Championship when a spot in the field opened up.
 
Last season as a freshman, Ball led the Rams in stroke average (73.53) and recorded top 10 finishes in three of his six spring starts. Earlier this summer, Ball captured the Richmond Golf Association Amateur Championship. He will be one of four of VCU's top five golfers from last season set to return this fall.
 
For U.S. Amateur Championship updates, follow VCUAthletics.com and USGA.org.
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