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Wambold Qualifies For 101st Pennsylvania Amateur Championship
Standout sophomore shares medalist honors at qualifying tournament
June 20, 2014Tweet
Macungie, PA—Kyle Wambold, who will begin his sophomore season with the Binghamton golf team in 2014-15, has qualified for the 101st Pennsylvania Amateur Championship which will be held on July 28-30 at Oakmont CC. Wambold fired a 71 (-1) at Brookside Country Club and was one of nine players who moved on to the Amateur state championship event.
The Macungie, PA native had a terrific back-nine that carried him to medalist honors, shooting a 33 (-3) at Brookside CC. Wambold hit 14-of-18 greens in regulation and tied with two others at the top (Andy Latowski and Kyle Sterbinsky) on Thursday.
“I tried to play conservatively in the fairway,” Wambold told Karl Gilbert of Lehigh Valley Live following his medalist performance. “I set myself up for a second shot. I can’t wait for Oakmont. I have never played it before.”
The Pennsylvania Amateur Championship has a rich history and has been a yearly event since 1909 (with the exception of World War I and II). Past winners include Art Wall (1959 Masters Champion), R. Jay Sigel (11-time winner) and George E. “Buddy” Marucci Jr., who won the event on four occasions and finished runner-up to Tiger Woods in the 1995 U.S. Amateur Championship.
Wambold had a spectacular freshman campaign for the Bearcats in 2013-14. He accumulated four top-10 finishes and was fourth on the team in scoring average at 75.6. His best finish came at the Wildcat Invitational where he tied for third place in a large field of 89 players. He was one of three players who competed in all 11 tournaments for Binghamton and sparked the Bearcats to a pair of first-place finishes.
The state championship is a 54-hole event with the top-40 low scores qualifying for the final 18 holes of play. The field will include 120 players from six different qualifying tournaments throughout the state. First round action will begin on Monday, July 28 at the prestigious Oakmont CC which has been the host of eight US Opens, five US Amateurs and three PGA Championship events.