Headline: Longmeadow's Billy Walthouse and North Carolina's David Kocher Advance to 2017 U.S. Amateur Championship Following a Qualifier at Crestview CC

For Immediate Release: July 25, 2017

Billy Walthouse (left) and David Kocher

Agawam, MA — The summer of Billy Walthouse continued on Tuesday as the 22-year old Longmeadow native shot a 36-hole score of 6-under par 138 to earn co-medalist honors and qualify for the 2017 U.S. Amateur Championship, taking place at California’s Riviera Country Club from August 14-20.

Click here for complete results from the U.S. Amateur Sectional Qualifier at Crestview CC.

Fresh off a runner up finish at the New England Amateur Championship last week, the former University of Rhode Island golfer Walthouse advances to his second ever appearance in the U.S. Amateur Championship after he competed in the stroke play portion of the 2015 Championship held at Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois.

Walthouse, who finished T-11 at the Atlantic 10 Championships this past spring and was a member of the conference All-Academic Team, also advanced to the semifinal round of the 2017 Massachusetts Amateur Championship earlier this month at Charles River Country Club.

This year’s U.S. Amateur Championship will be the second USGA Championship Proper that he’ll compete in as many months after he and Matt Naumec (GreatHorse) advanced to the match play portion of the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Pinehurst over Memorial Day Weekend.

At Tuesday’s U.S. Amateur Sectional Qualifier at Crestview Country Club, Walthouse joined rising University of Maryland senior David Kocher (Charlotte, NC) atop the leaderboard. Kocher, who has advanced to the NCAA Regional Championship in each of his first three years as a member of the Terrapins men’s golf team, matched the 6-under par 138 to advance to his second straight U.S. Amateur Championship.

The first alternate spot was awarded to West Lebanon, New Hampshire’s Nick Macdonald, who shot a two-round score of 5-under par 139, while Drake Hull (Rutland, VT) netted second alternate with his 4-under par 140 score.

Walthouse was through 11 holes in Monday’s round before the round was suspended due to unplayable conditions. Following the continuation of play, he picked up Tuesday by making par the entirety of his first round to enter the halfway point at 4-under par 68.

In the second 18 of his 36-hole round, Walthouse, who also won the Hornblower Invitational earlier this season, made birdie on the par-5 2nd hole and the par-5 7th hole to finish at 2-under for the second 18 and 6-under for the qualifier.

“It means a lot. This is a big one,” said Walthouse on his performance Tuesday. “I really wanted to qualify for this one. Any USGA event that I can qualify for is huge.”

In addition to being able to make the trip from Western Massachusetts to the West Coast for what he hopes will be a full week of golf, Walthouse added that he looks forward to being able to visit his sister, who just landed a job in Los Angeles.

Unlike most of the competitors in the field, Walthouse was able to get off to a good start on Monday before weather created unplayable conditions that forced play to be suspended until Tuesday morning at 8:35 am.

“It was a little bit of a challenge. Fortunately, I got off to a really good start” said Walthouse on having to pick up from Monday. “I was 4-under through 11 holes yesterday. I was thrilled to be able to get off to that kind of a start. I just played steady all day today. It’s never easy to when you have to wait that long to continue playing but I feel I managed it pretty well.” 

Before heading west, Walthouse is also scheduled to compete in the 50th edition of the Francis Ouimet Memorial Tournament, which kicks off on Wednesday at Brae Burn Country Club in Newton.  

For more information on the U.S. Amateur Championship, visit: http://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/championships/2017/u-s--amateur.html.  

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