LANCASTER — As with many tournaments this year, the Ohio U.S. Amateur Qualifiers were plagued by rain.
Cameron Willis, a golfer at Eaton High School, placed third in the Columbus District Golf Association USGA Amateur held on the morning of Tuesday, July 14 at Lancaster Country Club in Lancaster.
Willis played 22 holes before the qualifier was postponed as storms caused dangerous playing conditions and rendered the course unplayable.
He was tied for 13th with two strokes over par (74) after the first 18 holes. When play resumed Wednesday morning, July 15, Willis shot one stroke under par (71) for a 36-hole total of 145. The score secured the third and final qualifying spot for the Eaton golfer.
Things did not start out well for Willis in the first round, as he double-bogeyed his very first hole. He recovered nicely though, finishing the two-day stretch with seven birdies – including three in his final back nine – and parring 22 holes.
He competed against 77 other golfers from all over Ohio. The top spot went to Jack Sparling out of Dublin, who shot a 141 while the second spot went to Nathan Yankovich from Blacklick, Ohio, who shot a 143 over the two days.
The qualifier consisted of 36 holes played in one day (or, in this case, two) with the top three players advancing to the U.S. Amateur to be held at Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois on August 17-23.