Cory Williamson qualifies for 2011 U.S. Amateur

JONESBORO (ASU) – A senior on the Arkansas State men's golf team, Cory Williamson has qualified to compete at the U.S. Amateur Aug. 22-28 in Erin, Wis., after recently tying for medalist honors at the Mississippi sectional held Aug. 1-2.

Williamson shot a 2-under 142 at the Mississippi sectional, held at the Country Club of Jackson, to tie Alex Rowland of Mississippi State atop the leader board and advance to the U.S. Amateur.

"The course was set up very nice and played really well," said Williamson.  "It was right around 105 degrees both days, so I knew that if I stayed hydrated and focused I would have a chance to outlast the rest of the field."

Williamson, a Mendenhall, Miss. native, will be one of over 160 players competing at the Erin Hills Golf Course and Blue Mound Golf and Country Club.  Erin Hills will be set up at 7,760 yards and will play to a par of 72, while the second stroke-play course, Blue Mound, will be set up at 6,622 yards and will play to a par of 70.

The tournament format will feature 36 holes of stroke play, with the 64 leaders then advancing to compete in match play to determine the champion.

"This will be a very tough field, so it's a great honor to have this opportunity," said Williamson about the upcoming U.S. Amateur.  "My goal is really to have fun, get every good experience I can out of it and to represent Arkansas State to the best of my ability."

Williamson completed his first season with the Red Wolves in 2010-11 after transferring to ASU from Meridian (Miss.) Community College.  He competed in 11 tournament last season with five top-25 finishes, including the Memphis Intercollegiate where he finished a season-best tied for 13th place.  He recorded a low round of 69 and carried a stroke average of 75.03, the fourth best on the team.

"I'm very excited for Cory," said ASU head coach Steve Johnson.  "It has been a dream of his to play on the national stage for some time, and he has made a tremendous commitment to improve his short game to get him there this offseason.  He has definitely made the Red Wolves proud and will represent them well in Wisconsin."