Riley Elmes and Shawn Lu Qualify for 2018 U.S. Amateur
EAGLE POINT, Ore. – Riley Elmes (Lake Oswego, Ore.) and Shawn Lu (Corvallis, Ore.) qualified Tuesday for the 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship, after sectional qualifying was held at Eagle Point Golf Club in Eagle Point, Ore.
Tuesday’s qualifier featured 36-holes, with two qualifying spots available.
Elmes is a rising senior at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Calif. He led almost at the get-go during Tuesday morning’s first round, tallying six birdies on the front nine to shoot 30 on his first nine holes. A solid 1-under par 35 on the back nine had Elmes at 7-under par (65) after the first 18 holes, with a two shot lead.
Elmes’ second 18 was not too different – he once again tallied seven birdies, and his only slip of the day came on the par-3 third hole during his second round, where he tallied a double-bogey. Elmes finished the qualifier with scores of 65-67 – 132 (-12), earning medalist honors.
The Lake Oswego native has a successful track record in OGA events. He won the 2015 OGA Tournament of Champions, also winning the 2014 Oregon Junior Amateur and Oregon Junior Stroke Play. In 2017, Elmes advanced to the semifinals of the Oregon Amateur. Earlier this year, Elmes and his former college teammate, Billy Pollock (Eugene, Ore.), played in the 2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball.
Lu is a rising junior at Oregon State University, coming off his best season with the Beavers. At Tuesday’s qualifier, the Honolulu native fired a 2-under par 70 in the morning, three shots back of the second qualifying spot. Lu made his move in the afternoon – he tallied eight birdies and just one bogey, shooting a 65 (-7) to match Elmes’ morning round for low score of the day. He finished with rounds of 70-65 – 135 (-9), earning the second qualifying spot.
University of Oregon commit Tom Parker (Christchurch, N.Z.) earned the first alternate position after finishing with rounds of 69-68 – 137 (-7). Scotty Kennon (Bandon, Ore.), the 2018 OSAA 3A State Champion as a freshman at Bandon High School, earned second alternate honors after defeating Oregon Ducks golfer Edwin Yi (Eugene, Ore.) in a playoff. Both players finished at -5 (139) for the 36-hole qualifier.