Gardner-Webb's Chris Jones Qualifies For 2016 U.S. Amateur Championship

Gardner-Webb's Chris Jones Qualifies For 2016 U.S. Amateur Championship

MONROE – Gardner-Webb rising senior Chris Jones fired a second-round 65 on Wednesday to take the final qualifying spot at the U.S. Amateur Championship sectional qualifier.

The two-day event was hosted by Monroe Country Club (6,725 yards)

Jones (Charlotte, N.C.) shot a round of 71 on Tuesday and heated up on the final day to finish just two strokes (-8) off the lead. He was tied with Alejandro Villasana after 36 holes – and came through with a clutch birdie putt on the second playoff hole to clinch the final berth.

Jones recorded six birdies on Wednesday, sinking another clutch putt to birdie the 18th hole and force a playoff. He shot a sizzling 31 on the front nine, with birdies on the third, fourth and eighth – and an eagle on the 467-yard sixth hole.

Jones had only three bogeys over two days and was a strong minus-6 on Par 5 holes for the tournament.

John Freeman and Jeremy Grab took first and second at the tournament and will join Jones at the United States Amateur Championship on August 15-21 in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Oakland Hills Country Club will serve as the host course. For more information on the tournament visit the USGA official site here.

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