Former East Chapel Hill golfer Ben Griffin has qualified to play in the 2015 United States Amateur Golf Championship.
Griffin tied for second at a sectional qualifier that was played July 14-15 at the Mid-Pines Inn and Golf Club in Southern Pines. He earn one of three automatic spots to play in the main U.S. Amateur field.
“Pinehurst for some reason has always been good to me,” said Griffin, who had nine birdies in 36 holes. “Mid-Pines isn't a long golf course, so I was able to have a lot of wedges leading to a good amount of birdies.”
The Southern Pines qualifier was an All-ACC sweep. Clemson’s Miller Capps, from Denver (NC) fired a course record tying 10-under 62 to finish at 12-under 132 and take medalist honors.
Griffin, now a rising sophomore on the University of North Carolina varsity team, was the first-day leader after shooting 66 in the opening round and finished at 137. Stephen Franken of N.C. State also had a 137 total to get the third spot.
The three qualifiers advanced to the United States Amateur Championship Aug. 17-23, at Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois.
Trevor Cone of Concord (140) and Cody Proveaux of Lexington (141) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, to get the two alternate spots available.