NORMAN, Okla. Former University of Oklahoma golfer Justin Fraley earned a spot in the U.S. Amateur Monday, finishing second in his qualifier in Dallas.
A senior on OU’s 2006 Big 12 Championship squad, Fraley fired a two-round total of 143 at the Dallas Athletic Club to qualify for the USGA’s premier amateur event.
Fraley also qualified for the 2005 event and advanced to match play at the 2005 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
As a Sooner, Fraley competed in all 11 events in 2006, recording top-10 finishes at the UH-Hilo Intercollegiate and the Morris Williams Intercollegiate. His first-round 66 at the UH-Hilo was a career-best and the team’s low score of the season. Fraley also tied for 14th at the Big 12 Championship in April, one of five Sooners to finish in the top-15, a conference record.
Senior Nick Sheedy will also have a chance to qualify for the Amateur. Sheedy is scheduled to compete in a qualifying tournament on Aug. 7 at the Dallas Trophy Club.
Public Links runner-up Anthony Kim will also be in the U.S. Amateur field. Kim was exempt from local qualifying due to his status as a U.S. Walker Cup team member.
The 2006 U.S. Amateur will be played Aug. 21-27 at Hazeltine Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. The tournament includes two rounds of stroke play qualifying, after which the field will be pared for match play.
The Amateur is the oldest USGA championship event, with the first tournament played in 1895. The event is open to anyone with a handicap of 2.4 or lower and is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA.
Official qualifying results for the 2006 U.S. Amateur can be found at the USGA’s official site, www.usga.org.