ELLINGTON, Conn. --- For the third time in four years, the UConn men's golf team will be represented at the U.S. Amateur Championship.
UConn rising senior Eric Dietrich (Cheshire, Conn.) carded a blistering 8-under par 64 in the second round of the two-round U.S. Amateur qualifying tournament Monday to finish with a 9-under 135 (71-64=135), topping the 72-player field at Ellington Ridge Country Club.
The best two scores qualify to participate in the prestigious U.S. Amateur Championship, meaning Dietrich and Clark Robinson (70-68=138), a rising senior at Marshall University who hails from South Windsor, Conn., will head for Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., to compete for the national title on Aug. 15-21.
Dietrich, who led the Huskies in scoring average (71.9) and was the only UConn player to win a tournament last season, shot a 1-under 71 in the morning round on Monday, struggling with a 40 on the front nine, but roaring back with a 31 on the back nine. The 1-under left him in a five-way tie for fourth place.
Starting on No. 10 in the afternoon round, Dietrich, birdied No. 11 and eagled par-5 No. 13 on his way to a sizzling 32 for the back nine, which he matched of the front nine to shoot the impressive 8-under 64. For the two rounds, Dietrich carded an eagle, 14 birdies, and 14 pars and he played the Par 5 holes in 7-under.
Other Huskies in the field including rising sophomore Blake Kelley (Manchester, Conn.) and incoming freshman Chandler Morris (Hope Sound, Fla.), who were part of a tie for 15th place with a 72-75=147 and 71-76=147, respectively. Also, recently graduated Cameron MacKay (Brookfield, Conn.) was tied for 18th place with a 75-73=148 and rising sophomore Nick Harrington tied for 25th place with a 79-71=150.
Two years ago, then-UConn rising junior Zach Zaback qualified for the 2014 U.S. Amateur Championship and three years ago, then UConn rising sophomore Corey Birch qualified for the 2013 U.S. Amateur.