July 9, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Former Buckeye Dan Charen and rising sophomore Grant Weaver have qualified for the 2012 USGA U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship held on the par 71, 7,670-yard Gold Course at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah, July 9-14.
The field will play two rounds of stroke play Monday and Tuesday. The top 64 players will then advance to the match play portion of the championship with the winner of each match advancing. The winner of the championship will be crowned Saturday.
Charen, who completed his eligibility in May, qualified for his first USGA championship event by shooting rounds of 68 and 71 for a total of 139 at Royce Brook Golf Club (East Course) in Hillsborough, N.J. Charen, of Langhorne, Pa., had to battle not only the field, but the weather and his health, dealing with a fever in 100-degree weather.
"It was an extremely challenging day for me," Charen said. "I was sick with a fever of 101 degrees and battling temperatures that were also north of 100. I couldn't have done it without the help of my dad caddying. We make a great team. I'm excited that he will once again caddy for me in Utah."
Weaver qualified for the championship at Oberlin Golf Club in Oberlin, Ohio. The 2011-12 Big Ten Freshman of the Year shot a two round total of 140 and had to survive a playoff the next morning to earn his spot. Weaver, a Wooster, Ohio product, will be competing in his third USGA championship event, having previously competed in the United States Junior Amateur and the United States Amateur Championships.
"I'm very excited to make the field, especially with how I had to birdie my final two holes and win a three-way playoff to earn a spot," Weaver said.
Follow the tournament live at www.usga.org.