MEXICO CITY (July 9, 2019) – Andres Brictson, a rising junior golfer at Oklahoma Christian, finished second in a 36-hole sectional qualifier Tuesday to earn himself a spot in the prestigious U.S. Amateur Championship.
Brictson, from Merida, Mexico, posted rounds of 71 and 68 to finish at 5-under-par at Club Campestre de la Ciudad de México and emerge from a 49-man field. The sectional qualifier was one of 96 such events being held this month to help determine the field for the 119th U.S. Amateur, to be played at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in Pinehurst, N.C., from Aug. 12-18.
Of the 7,191 entries for this year’s U.S. Amateur, Brictson will be one of only 312 to play at Pinehurst. Brictson is only the second OC player ever to qualify for the U.S. Amateur, joining current Korn Ferry Tour pro Rhein Gibson, who made the field in 2006. Gibson will be back on the PGA Tour during the 2019-20 season.
The U.S. Amateur has enjoyed an illustrious history of great champions, including Bob Jones, Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods. Last year’s champion, former Oklahoma State star Viktor Hovland, just turned pro after finishing tied for 12th at the U.S. Open last month.
“It’s an incredible accomplishment to qualify for the United States Amateur,” OC coach David Lynn said. “This year’s event will be at Pinehurst, a fantastic venue that Andres will really enjoy. I’m very proud of the year he is having. It’s wonderful to see his great golf extend into the summer.”
Brictson had an outstanding sophomore season this spring for the Eagles, winning twice, recording a stroke average of 72.82 over 33 rounds and earning All-Heartland Conference first-team honors while helping his team qualify for the NCAA Division II South Central-West Super Regional.
His first collegiate win came in March in the St. Edward’s Invitational at Onion Creek Club’s North Course in Austin, Texas. In April at the Heartland Conference Championship, Brictson shot 13-under over three rounds at Slick Rock Golf Course in Horseshoe Bay, Texas, then won a three-man playoff to earn medalist honors. Brictson played two bogey-free rounds during the conference tournament.
Pinehurst’s Course No. 2 and Course No. 4 will host the stroke-play rounds of the U.S. Amateur on Aug. 12-13. After 36 holes, the field will be trimmed from 312 players to 64 for match play. The first five rounds of match play – through the semifinals – will be played on Course No. 2 on Aug. 14-17.
The 36-hole championship match will be contested over two courses for the first time. Scheduled for Aug. 18, it will open with the morning round on Course No. 4, which was recently redesigned by Gil Hanse. The afternoon round will be played on Course No. 2, the renowned Donald Ross design that was restored by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw in 2011.