MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. – Sophomore Austin Cook became the third University of Arkansas men’s golfer to qualify for the U.S. Amateur this week when he fired a second round 65 to tie for first at Big Creek Country Club in Mountain Home, Ark.
Cook’s 65 on the second and final day was the second lowest round for any of the 49 golfers at the Arkansas State Golf Association tournament and made him the only player to shoot back-to-back rounds in the 60s as he tied Alex Carpenter of Little Rock for medalist honors. Cook joins Razorback teammates Ethan Tracy and Josh Eure in the U.S. Amateur field which tees off on Monday, August 23, at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.
"This is pretty rare," Arkansas head coach Brad McMakin said. "For us to have three players qualified for the U.S. Amateur is a big accomplishment. Considering where we were as a program just a few years ago to now, you can really see a difference in the level of competition. I am very proud of Austin’s final round and for all three players to qualify for such a prestigious tournament."
Cook matched Carpenter’s total score of 134 at Big Creek, but the Jonesboro native shot 69, 65 for his final score. Carpenter had a once-in-a-lifetime first day with a 62, but did not play as well on the second with a 72 to allow Cook to tie for first.
Tracy and Eure qualified for the U.S. Amateur on July 26 when both Razorbacks won their qualifying tournaments. Tracy carded a total score of 139 in Dayton, Ohio at the Moraine Country Club to take a one-stroke victory and be one of three qualifiers from his tournament while Eure finished with a 138 and also grabbed a one-stroke win at the Crofton Country Club in Crofton, Md. Eure was also one of three qualifiers from his tournament.
The U.S. Amateur will be played partly at Chambers Bay, a Robert Trent Jones II course that opened in 2007. It is a 7,742-yard par 71 course. The second stroke play course will be The Home Course in Dupont, Wash., and is a little shorter at 7,317 yards, but is a par 72.