Cunningham Qualifies for U.S. Amateur - Tucson News Now

Cunningham Qualifies for U.S. Amateur

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TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona men’s golfer George Cunningham qualified for the U.S. Amateur by finishing second at the Alta Mesa qualifier in Mesa, Ariz. on Tuesday. Cunningham finished at five under after carding a 67 in the first round and a 72 in the second and final round. The 2015 U.S. Amateur, which will be the second of Cunningham’s career after he played in the 2010 edition, is scheduled for August 17-23 at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Ill.

“Making it into the U.S. Amateur is really big for me,” Cunningham stated. “I’ve played well in my qualifiers the last three years but keep missing it by one or two strokes. I’ve played in six other U.S.G.A events during my career, so I think I can take those experiences and apply them to this year’s Amateur. I just need to stay patient and play the way I know how to play. If I do that, I’ll have a good chance to contend.”

Cunningham played in 14 tournaments as a freshman and posted a 71.6 per round stroke average, while earning second-team All-Pac-12 honors. The 71.6 average ranked second on Arizona’s freshman single-season list and tied for 10th on the all-time list. A second-team All-Pac-12 performer, Cunningham recorded six Top 10s and nine Top 20s, while posting 19 rounds of par or better during his initial year on campus. Earlier this summer, Cunningham finished second at the prestigious North & South Amateur.

“It is great to have representation from our team at the U.S. Amateur again,” said Arizona head men’s golf coach Jim Anderson. “George is having a very good summer and he will be playing well going into Olympia Fields next month.”

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