Scott Langley made it to the round of 16 at the North & South Amateur in Pinehurst, N.C.
July 10, 2008
Champaign, Ill. - Illinois sophomore Scott Langley has qualified for next week's United States Amateur Public Links Championship, which will be held at Murphy Creek Golf Course in Aurora, Colo.
Langley, a graduate of Parkway West High School, in suburban St. Louis, was one of three players to qualify June 24-25 from Aberdeen Golf Club in Eureka, Mo. He shot a 138 over 36 holes, joining Jeremy Franklin of St. Louis and Chris Brant from Edwardsville, Ill.
Langley's long drives will come in handy on the par-7551-yard, par 71 layout, the longest APL course in history. His run continues a successful summer for Langley, which most recently included a trip to the round of 16 at the North & South Amateur held in Pinehurst, N.C., the site of next month's U.S. Amateur.
Langley made it through the 36-hole stroke play qualifying at the North & South, firing a 145, and entered bracket play as the 49th seed. He upset 16th seeded Philip Hendrickson of Danville, Ky., 4&3 in round one and edged 17th seed George Bryan of Chapin, S.C., 1 up in the second round.
"Pinehurst is one of the meccas of golf," Langley said of Pinehurst. "The course was tough, but fair. It was nice to get acquainted with the course before the U.S. Amateur."
The U.S. Amateur Public Links format will feature 36-hole stroke play qualifying on Monday and Tuesday, July 14-15 setting up a 64-man match play. The first round of the match play is Wednesday, second round on Thursday and quarterfinal and semifinal matches Friday with a 36-hole final slated for Saturday, July 19.
"This is my first USGA event so I'm excited to go and get a feel of the atmosphere," Langley said. "I feel like I'm playing pretty well so I want to go there and give it my best shot to go as far as I can."
Blatt named Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar
Illinois senior Larry Blatt has been named a Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar. The graduate of Sandburg H.S. in Orland Park, Ill., is one of just 96 golfers from Division I to receive the honor.
To be eligible for Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically and compete in at least two full years at the collegiate level, participate in 70-percent of his team's competitive rounds or compete in the NCAA Championships, have a stroke average under 76.0 in Division I and must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.
Blatt has the highest grade-point of average of any junior athlete at Illinois with 3.80 GPA in finance. He posted a 74.67 stroke average this season in helping the Illini to 17th in the nation. Blatt was Illinois' highest finisher at the NCAA Regionals, placing 11th, and posted two top-ten finishes - a tie for seventh at the D.A. Weibring Invitational and a tie for fourth at the Fighting Illini Spring Invite.