TUXEDO PARK, N.Y. - Sophomore men’s golfer J. Christian FitzGerald made history Wednesday night, becoming just the second Columbia athlete to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Championship.
FitzGerald and his 82 competitors hit the links at The Tuxedo Club in Tuxedo Park, New York Wednesday with three qualifying spots available for the U.S. Amateur at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Georgia from August 11-17. Cameron Young from Scarborough, New York captured medalist honors, shooting a 72-69—141, but three golfers, including FitzGerald tied with scores of 143, forcing a playoff to determine the final two qualifiers.
FitzGerald, along with Thomas La Morte (Haworth, New Jersey) and Jared Mactas (Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey) all pared the first two holes, but on the third, it would be determined that Columbia’s own FitzGerald and La Morte would be joining Young in Georgia.
Chris Condello, the 2007 Ivy League Individual Champion, was the first Columbia golfer to qualify for the event in 2006 and then participated again in 2007 after qualifying for the U.S. Open.
A busy summer for FitzGerald continues as he has also qualified for the New York State Championships to be held at Bellevue Country Club in Syracuse, New York from July 22-24.