July 23, 2014 at 7:23 PM CDT - Updated July 21 at 1:16 AM
Jonesboro, Ark. (AStateRedWolves.com) – Arkansas State sophomore golfer Matt Loiacano, has qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship golf tournament. The event will take place at the Atlanta Athletic Club Aug. 11-17.
Loiacano qualified for the event by shooting a total of 138 at the Tunica National Golf Club July 21 in Tunica, Miss., and tied for second place and an automatic qualification.
“I'm very excited for Matthew. He's been working very hard over the summer and I'm happy to see it pay off,” said Arkansas State men’s golf coach Steve Johnson. “He played very well at the Magnolia Amateur a few weeks ago, so I knew he was playing with confidence. Tunica National is a very difficult golf course and to go out and shoot six under par for 36 holes of tournament golf shows he's really starting to come into his own as a golfer. In my 21 years of coaching, he's the youngest to qualify for the U.S. Amateur.”
Loiacano is one of five golfers from the state of Arkansas to qualify for the U.S. Amateur. The U.S. Amateur Golf Tournament will be played at the Atlanta Athletic Club on the Highlands Course in Johns Creek, Ga.
“I am more than excited to have the opportunity to play in the U.S. Amateur,” stated Loiacano. “It is the biggest amateur event in the world and I can’t wait to go to Atlanta.”
The U.S. Amateur Championship is the most prestigious golf tournament for amateur golfers. It has been held annually since 1895.