Former Kamiak Knight qualifies for Amateur Championship

Jul 26, 2018
Courtesy of: the Washington State Golf Association Kamiak graduate Chris Hatch will play in next month’s 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship. Hatch finished second in the U.S. Amateur Sectional qualifying tournament.

Kamiak graduate Chris Hatch is headed to the 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship.

Hatch, who hails from Mukilteo, and Derek Bayley of Rathdrum, Idaho, both advanced to next month’s tournament after strong performances in the 36-hole U.S. Amateur Sectional qualifying the par-72 Palouse Ridge Golf Club Wednesday, July 18, in Pullman, Washington.

Bayley shot rounds of 64-74 to earn medalist honors in leading the field of 50 players. Hatch was the only other player to advance from the qualify. He shot rounds of 70-69.

The U.S. Amateur Championship is scheduled for Aug. 13-19 at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links.

Bayley blistered the morning round in today’s qualifier, firing 11 birdies and making only four pars on his way to an 8-under 64.

Bayley won the Rosauers Open Invitational in Spokane, Washington, competing against the region’s PGA professionals. Last fall Bayley was named the 2017 Washington State Golf Association’s Men’s Player of the Year, after finishing second in the Washington State Men’s Amateur and runner-up in the PNGA Men’s Amateur.

In the afternoon round, Hatch was 5-under after 12 holes, and had a 1-shot lead over Bayley but had two bogeys coming in to finish one shot back.

Hatch graduated from Western Washington University in 2017, where he played all four years on the men’s golf team, and was named a GNAC All Star all four years and first team All-GNAC for three years. He set a GNAC record for 119 rounds played. He played in the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship in 2015. Hatch also made it to the Round of 32 at the PNGA Men’s Amateur earlier this month.

The Washington State Golf Association (WSGA) is the local representative of the United States Golf Association (USGA) and conducted this Sectional qualifier for the U.S. Amateur Championship.


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