Rising College of Charleston seniors C.C. Buford and Zach Munroe and recent graduate and former golfer Alex Ellis and have qualified for the 2014 U.S. Amateur Championship.
After shooting a 3-over par 73 in the qualifier held at Pinehurst Country Club in Denver, Colo., Buford won a playoff for the fourth and final spot to the U.S. Women’s Amateur, to be held Aug. 4-10, 2014, at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y.
Buford becomes the first women’s golfer from the College to compete in the prestigious tournament since former Southern Conference Player of the Year Angie Hill participated in 2005.
Munroe qualified to compete for golf’s most-prized amateur title by finishing third in sectional qualifying at George Wright Golf Course in Boston on July 9, 2014. This is the second time Munroe has qualified for the prestigious event, having advanced deep into the 2012 U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills Country Club.
Ellis recently qualified for the third time by tying for first place at a 36-hole qualifying event in his native Texas. The field of more than 80 competitors included some of the best young talent from the southern United States and Mexico.
At the College, Ellis was twice named Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Men’s Golfer of the Week.
Ellis and Munroe helped lead the Cougars to a conference title in their inaugural year as members of the CAA in 2014.
The 2014 U.S. Amateur will be held at the Atlanta Athletics Club in Johns Creek, Ga. Aug. 11-17, 2014.
The winner will join a distinguished list of past champions that includes Arnold Palmer, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.
The champion also receives an automatic invitation to play in all of the professional majors except the PGA Championship.