U.S. Amateur Championship Qualifying – Copper River CC
Copper River CC
July 23, 2012
FRESNO – Michael Weaver and Bryson DeChambeau walked away from Copper River CC earning the two available spots for next month’s U.S. Amateur Championship. Weaver, a Fresno native who currently competes for the University of California-Berkley men’s golf team, fired a 36-hole total of 10-under par, 134, to take medalist honors. Fellow San Joaquin Valley native DeChambeau of Clovis finished one-stroke behind at 9-under par, 135 to take solo second.
Weaver started his day with an opening round of 69 to put himself out of the running, but a second round 65 proved to be the best score of the day by far as he jumped to the top of the leaderboard. DeChambeau on the other hand opened with a 67 to take a share of the 18-hole lead and nearly matched it in the afternoon with a 68, to finish one shot behind Weaver.
Finishing on the outside looking in despite stellar scores of 137 and 138 were 2011 California State Amateur Champion Bhavik Patel at and Fresno native Pace Johnson. Patel earned first alternate, while Johnson earned second alternate, respectively. Scores at the qualifier were nearly as hot as the weather as nine other players posted under-par 36-hole scores.