July 17, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Tyler Raber, coming off a one-stroke victory just five days ago at the Trans-Mississippi Championship, captured the third and final qualifying spot for the 2012 U.S. Amateur on Monday after defeating three other players in a two-hole playoff in a 36-hole sectional qualifier at the Marin Country Club in Novato.
The Aggie senior finished in a four-way tie for third at 3-over 147 with scores of 72 and 75. He opened and closed his first round front nine with birdies to turn the corner at one under before parring eight straight holes. A bogey on the final hole of the day, however, moved him back to even.
Later in the day, he struggled through the first nine holes, dropping to four over, but an eagle on the par-5 tenth hole brought him back to two over. Bogeys on the 13th and 17th hole pushed him back down to four over, but he closed with a birdie on the par-5 18th hole to send the round to a playoff.
After two playoff holes, Raber edged out three other players to claim the third and final qualifying spot.
The 2012 U.S. Amateur, which features two days of stroke play to determine which 64 players will advance to match play, will be held at the Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo. Aug. 13-19. The first round matches can be viewed on the Golf Channel while the semifinal and championship matches on Aug. 18-19 will air on NBC.
Monday's finish marks yet another successful amateur tournament run for Raber. At last week's Trans-Mississippi Championship, the Davis native held off Iowa's Steven Ihm by a single shot to take home individual medalist honors. Last month, Raber advanced to the round of 16 at the Amateur Championship in Ayrshire, Scotland. He was the only American to advance that far into the tournament.