Casler Qualifies For Elite Field at U.S. Amateur
BROOKVILLE, N.Y. — Junior Jack Casler has qualified for the 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship after a 36-hole score of 1-under-par 141 on Monday at Brookville Country Club. Casler secured one of the two available berths for the prestigious national event at the regional qualifer, which featured a 79-man field. Casler started his day with the qualifier's low round of the day, a 3-under-par 68. He carded three birdies in the first eight holes against just one bogey, then steadily plodded his way through an inward nine that featured eight pars and a birdie on the 453-yard par-4 17th hole. Casler's afternoon round started in similar fashion, with birdies on the par-5 first and par-4 fifth holes. His was 3-over from there, which was good enough to hold on to second place and a U.S. Amateur berth alongside medalist Matthew Lowe (140), a recent Richmond graduate. Casler and the other qualifiers from around the country will move on to the U.S. Amateur from Aug. 13-19 in famed Pebble Beach, Calif. The first two days of the event will consist of stroke play at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill Golf Course, with the low 64 scores moving on to the match play portion of the event at Pebble Beach Golf Links starting on Wednesday, Aug. 15. Casler has spent two years on the golf team at Cornell, competing as an individual in six of the team's eight tournaments last year. He finished fourth at the Alex Lagowitz Memorial Invitational in September after holding the lead entering the final round. Casler becomes the second Cornell golfer to qualify for the U.S. Amateur field in the last three years, following in the footsteps of 2016 qualifier Luke Graboyes '17.