Region 8 Razorback Austin Cook qualifies for U.S. Amateur

Mountain Home ( - The Arkansas sectional qualifier for the U.S. Amateur Championship was held Monday at Big Creek Golf & Country Club in Mountain Home. For the second straight day, Alex Carpenter of Little Rock set a course record. On Sunday, playing in the A.S.G.A. Stroke Play Tournament, Carpenter shot a nine under 63 which was a new course record. He then beat that by one stroke yesterday when he carded a ten under 62 in his first round of the U.S. Amateur qualifier.

Carpenter followed his 62 with a 72 for a two round total of 134 giving him a share of the tournament title. Jonesboro native and Arkansas Razorback Austin Cook also shared the title with rounds of 69 and 65. Both Carpenter and Cook qualify for the U.S. Amateur Championship later this month in Washington.

Brad Simmons of Mountain Home had a two round total of 141, leaving him seven shots behind the leaders and tied for sixth place. Matt Wilmott of Harrison who tied for eighth, Justin Burns of Wiseman and Lucas Collins of Harrison were among four golfers tied for 12th, Kyle Martin of Harrison was tied for 26th, Mountain Home's Seth Sullivant tied for 28th, Richard Zimmerman of Mountain Home tied for 35th, Nathan Circle of Hardy finished 39th and Tom Czanstkowski of Mountain Home was 43rd.

Cook joins Razorback teammates Ethan Tracy and Josh Eure in the U.S. Amateur field which tees off on Monday, August 23, at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.

"This is pretty rare," Arkansas head coach Brad McMakin said.  "For us to have three players qualified for the U.S. Amateur is a big accomplishment.  Considering where we were as a program just a few years ago to now, you can really see a difference in the level of competition.  I am very proud of Austin's final round and for all three players to qualify for such a prestigious tournament."

Tracy and Eure qualified for the U.S. Amateur on July 26 when both Razorbacks won their qualifying tournaments.  Tracy carded a total score of 139 in Dayton, Ohio at the Moraine Country Club to take a one-stroke victory and be one of three qualifiers from his tournament while Eure finished with a 138 and also grabbed a one-stroke win at the Crofton Country Club in Crofton, Md.  Eure was also one of three qualifiers from his tournament.

The U.S. Amateur will be played partly at Chambers Bay, a Robert Trent Jones II course that opened in 2007.  It is a 7,742-yard par 71 course.  The second stroke play course will be The Home Course in Dupont, Wash., and is a little shorter at 7,317 yards, but is a par 72.