July 30, 2005
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University junior golfer Eric Lillibridge qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship, which will be hosted by the U.S. Golf Association in late August. He carded a four-under 140 in Monday's qualifying round at Marin Country Club in Novato, posting the second lowest score of the day. There were 82 competitors, and the top three from the site advanced to the national event.
Lillibridge, a native of nearby Suisun and a former standout at Justin-Siena High School, will begin participation in the Amateur on August 22-28 at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.
Lillibridge's day started rocky, with a double bogey and a bogey on his first two holes of the par-72 layout. He played out the round five-under to finish with a 70. The second round saw two bogeys and four birdies for another two-under 70 scorecard.
The U.S. Amateur, the oldest USGA championship, was first played in 1895 at Newport Golf Club in Rhode Island. The event, which has no age restriction, is open to those with a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 2.4. It is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.
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