PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Charleston Southern will have two golfers compete in the United States Amateur for the second consecutive year. Seniors Art Griffin and Jacques Wilson tee it up in the stroke play portion of amateur golf's most prestigious event Monday at 8:45 a.m. Griffin will begin off the first hole at Bel-Air Country Club, while Wilson will start at the same time off No. 10 at Riviera Country Club.
The CSU duo earned their way to the 117th Amateur through local qualifying that drew over 6,000 entrants across the country. Now part of the stroke play field of 312 players, Griffin and Wilson will play 36 holes and hope to be among the top 64 players that will advance to match play, beginning Wednesday.
Griffin is making his second straight appearance in the Amateur, while Wilson is making his debut. Both are entering their second seasons at CSU, and head coach Jason Payne hopes both can use this experience as a springboard for the year ahead.
"It's a huge accomplishment for Art and Jacques and a great thing for CSU golf," Payne said. "We're excited to see what they can do this week and looking forward to working with them this season."
Griffin qualified by compiling a 36-hole total of one-under par at Seven Oaks Country Club in Hamilton, New York. He carded a second round 69 to take one of the three qualifying spots on a course that played as difficult as it ever has. Griffin's 69 was the only round in the 60's by anyone at the location.
Wilson qualified at Dacotah Ridge Golf Club in Morton, Minnesota, finishing second in the field. After being on the brink of reaching stroke play the last three years, Wilson broke through by shooting a first round 69. He followed up with a one-under 71 to finish second and earn a trip to California for the Amateur.
Wilson joins Griffin, Austin James and David Denlinger as the only Bucs to play in the U.S. Amateur. James advanced all the way to the quarterfinals of match play in 2015.