Nevada men’s golf senior Sam Harned has qualified for the 119th U.S. Amateur Championship for the first time in his career.

“Qualifying for this event really shows me that all the hard work I have put in is starting to pay off,” said Harned. “I never gave up, even when I was down in my first round. The fight I had helped get me into a playoff and eventually advance.”

Harned, a former walk-on turned scholarship player at Nevada, earned one of three qualifying spots at the two-round qualifier at Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton, Calif. Harned had some work to do after shooting a 1-under 71 after the first round, but came back firing in round two carding a 5-under 67 to jump up the leaderboard. The Rocklin, Calif. native finished the qualifier in a three-way tie for two spots at 6-under par. Needing a playoff to determine who would advance, Harned bested Cameron Henry of Los Gatos, Calif. to snag one of the three advancing spots.

This year marks the 119th U.S. Amateur Championship, the oldest golf championship in the United States, just one day older than the U.S. Open. Aside from an eight-year period when it was stroke play (1965-72), the championship has been match-play format.

The 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship will be played Aug. 12-18 at Pinehurst Country Club in Pinehurst, N.C. Pinehurst has also hosted three U.S. Opens (1999, 2005 and 2014) and will host the 124th U.S. Open in 2024. Pinehurst’s Course No. 2 and Course No. 4 will host the stroke-play rounds on Aug. 12-13. After 36 holes, the field will be trimmed from 312 players to 64 for match play. The first five rounds of match play – through the semifinals – will be played on Course No. 2 on Aug. 14-17.

(University of Nevada)