Josh McCollum, who plays at Chico State, punched his ticket to the upcoming U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach Golf Links after earning medalist honors in a 36-hole Sectional qualifier held Wednesday at par-71 Bayonet Golf Course in Seaside.
McCollum, who lives in Upland, would come in at 6-under 136 (68-68). Included in his push was a run of three straight birdies from holes No.16 through No.18.
Also moving on were Derek Ackerman, who plays at Santa Clara, and Bryan Baumgarten, who shot 137 and 141, respectively.
Baumgarten defeated Eddy Lai, John Sawin and Finigan Tilly in a playoff for the third and last automatic spot.
Lai got first alternate, while Sawin was second alternate.
This year’s U.S. Amateur will tee off August 13-19 at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass HIll.