116th Met Amateur Qualifying Underway

Met Am Trophy at Arcola

ELMSFORD, N.Y. (June 29, 2018) -- Qualifying for the 116th Met Amateur takes place between July 2 and July 17, for the August 2-5 championship at Arcola Country Club in Paramus, N.J. Players will vie for qualifying positions in the MGA's oldest championship, which then features 36 holes of on-site qualifying with the top 16 advancing to match play. The four days of competition proves testing of both skill and stamina.

The 36-hole championship match has gone the distance (and even beyond) in each of the last three years, with Matt Mattare surging late for a 1-up win at Laurel Links last year, Stewart Hagestad holding off Ethan Ng in 38 holes at Country Club of Fairfield, and Peter Kim taking a 1-up victory at Baltsurol.

Related: 2018 Media Guide | Met Amateur History | Met Amateur Records

This year's qualifying takes place at six sites throughout the Met Area.

July 2 - Engineers Country Club, Roslyn Harbor, N.Y.
Qualifying Positions: 6 & ties | Results
Louis Amira of Saint Andrew's led 11 qualifiers from Engineers to the 116th Met Amateur, as the former Harvard golfer carded 2-under 69. Gerry Mackedon of Port Jefferson tallied an even-par 71, while South Carolina commit Jack Wall of Manasquan River, Erik Stauderman of The Links at Union Vale, and Dominic Formato of North Hills all earned their way to Arcola with rounds of 1-over 72. The remaining six qualifiers posted 3-over 74s.

July 9 - Rockrimmon Country Club, Stamford, Conn.
Qualifying Positions: 5 & ties | Results
Ryan Lee of Edgewood carded 1-under 71 to lead five qualifiers to Arcola Country Club for the championship proper, August 2-5. Davis Weil of The Ridgewood Country Club (NJ) shot 1-over 73, while Jason Denker of Sterling Farms, Richard Hayes of Silver Spring and 2017 MGA Public Links champion Alexander Kang took the final positions with 2-over 74s.

July 10 - Bedford Golf & Tennis Club, Bedford, N.Y.
Qualifying Positions: 4 & ties | Results
A total of six players advanced to Arcola Country Club, led by MGA eClub – NYC member Brandon Dalinka’s 2-under 69. Andrew Biggadike of The Ridgewood Country Club (NJ) posted even-par 71, while four additional competitors posted 3-over or better to advance.

July 16 - Trump National - Colts Neck, Colts Neck, N.J.
Qualifying Positions: 4 & ties | Results
Anthony Columbino of Trump National - Colts Neck used his home course advantage to take medalist honors, firing a 5-under 67. Randall Lazzaro, also of Trump Colts Neck, and MGA eClub - NJ member Jimmy Arbes followed with 3-under 69s, while Mac Bredahl of Fairmount secured the final qualifying position with a 2-under 7-.

July 16 - Huntington Country Club, Huntington, N.Y.
Qualifying Positions: 7 & ties | Results
Huntington member Christopher Gabriele posted a 3-under 67 to earn medalist honors. Connor Daly of Siwanoy and Andrew Sciarretta of Brooklawn carded rounds of 68 and 69, respectively, while four competitors rounded out those advancing by shooting even-par 70s.

July 17 - Essex Fells Country Club, Essex Fells, N.J.
Qualifying Positions: 7 & ties | Pairings & Starting Times