Incoming Saint Mary’s freshman Jonathan De Los Reyes shot a tournament-low 4 under-par 66 Monday at Stanford Golf Course to finish fourth overall and earn one of just five available qualifying spots for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championships.
After struggling to a 3 over-par 73 in the first round, De Los Reyes rebounded with the best round in the 91-player field to shoot up the leaderboard. The Antioch, Calif. native and recent De La Salle graduate went 2 under-par on both the front and back nine. He shot 1 under-par 139 for the tournament and finished four shots off the lead, but three strokes ahead of the fifth-place finisher. The top five finishers advanced to the national tournament.
Scheduled for July 18-14 at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash., the 64th U.S. Junior Amateur Championships is among the most difficult of all USGA championships to win, because of two factors: the age limit and the tremendous number of fine young players who enter each year. Only one player, Tiger Woods, has won the Junior Amateur more than once and only five players have reached the final twice.