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El Paso's Yellin qualifies for U.S. Amateur Championship

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KTSM) - After jumping out to a three-shot lead following the first round of U.S. Amateur qualifying yesterday, El Paso, Texas native Greg Yellin put his game in cruise control following up an opening 66 with a two-under par 70 during Tuesday’s final round. The two-day total of eight-under par separated the University of Texas at El Paso golfer from the next closest competitor by four shots by the conclusion of competition at the University of New Mexico Championship golf course in Albuquerque, N.M.


With the rest of the field gunning for the second available golden ticket to Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif., and next month’s 118th U.S. Amateur Championship, Albuquerque’s Patrick McCarthy posted a three-under par 69 to secure the second bid. Building on his win last week at the Albuquerque City Championship, McCarthy started out the day five shots behind, but was able to slip ahead of the nearby competition to outlast New Mexico – West Texas Amateur champion Isaac Merry of Las Cruces, N.M., and UNM Lobo golfer Gustavo Morantes of Albuquerque by a shot.


Yellin and McCarthy will move on to compete with 310 other elite amateurs from across the globe in the U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Aug. 13-19.


Final Results – Top 10
1. Greg Yellin, El Paso, Texas 66-70—136 8-under*
2. Patrick McCarthy, Albuquerque, N.M. 71-69—140 4-under*
T3. Isaac Merry, Las Cruces, N.M. 71-70—141 3-under**
T3. Gustavo Morantes, Albuquerque, N.M. 71-70—141 3-under***
5. Greg Condon, Monte Vista, Colo. 73-69—142 2-under
6. Zach Burkholder, Chandler, Ariz. 68-75—143 1-under
T7. Dustin Anderson, Granbury, Texas 70-74—144 Even
T7. James Gehrke, Albuquerque, N.M. 74-70—144 Even
T7. Chandler Smith-Stetson, Albuquerque, N.M. 73-71—144 Even
10. Davis Chung, Las Cruces, N.M. 73-72—145 1-over
* - Qualifier
** - First Alternate
*** - Second Qualifier


The United States Golf Association received 7,463 entries who will all be trying for a mere 251 spots to be earned in qualifying at 99 different sites including one each in Mexico and Canada. From there, qualifiers will join a field along with 61 automatic exemptions that will make up 312 players trying to claim the nation’s top prize in amateur golf. Entries were accepted from all 50 states and from 48 countries across the globe. You can find more information on the U.S. Amateur at usga.org.


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