Two Bama Golfers Qualify for U.S. Amateur Championship
Two University of Alabama golfers have qualified to compete in the 2022 U.S. Amateur Championship at The Ridgewood Country Club on Aug. 15. Junior Thomas Ponder and incoming freshman Nick Dunlap will be representing the Tide on this national stage.
The pair will compete against 312 other players in New Jersey between Aug.15-21.
Dunlap earned his way into the event as the 2021 U.S. Junior Amateur champion. Ponder won a regional qualifier this past week at the Seminole Legacy Golf Club in Tallahassee.
Ponder has experience in the event as this will be his second foray into this tournament after playing at Brandon Dunes in 2020.
The event will consist of two days of 18-hole stroke play before transitioning to a 64-man match play tournament. It culminates with a 36-hole championship match on Sunday, Aug. 21.
The winner will earn an exemption into the 2023 U.S. Open at The Los Angeles Country Club and will likely receive an invitation to the 2023 Masters Tournament.
Ponder is from Dothan and was named to the All-SEC Second team in 2021 and named PING All-Region team.
Dunlap in an incoming freshman from Huntsville, and is considered the No. 1 junior golfer in the class of 2022 according to Golfweek.
Fans looking to watch the event can do so on Peacock and the Golf Channel.
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