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USD Golf: Xu to Vie in U.S. Amateur; Reiter Falls in Calif. Amateur Final

USD Golf: Xu to Vie in U.S. Amateur; Reiter Falls in Calif. Amateur Final

San Diego golf's incoming freshman Andi Xu will compete at the 2020 U.S. Amateur Championship at the Brandon Dunes Golf Resort in Brandon, Ore., set for August 10-16.

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Due to health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's field for the U.S. Amateur was comprised of only exempt players, as opposed to qualifiers, based on a variety of exemption categories. Xu, who was ranked as high as No. 135 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR) last week, will be among the nearly 200 players in the tournament field.

The schedule of play includes back-to-back days of 18-hole stroke play on August 10 and 11 before the field will be trimmed based on scores from the first two days for match play starting on August 12 with the Round of 64. The tournament will commence on August 16 with a 36-hole championship match.

A resident of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. and product of Torrey Pines High School, Xu is set to compete in the U.S. Amateur for the second time in his young career. He qualified for last year's edition after being a sectional medalist in qualifying.

On day one of the tournament this Monday, Xu will tee off at 1:47 p.m. In the second round, he will start at 9:34 a.m. on Tuesday.

Past winners of the U.S. Amateur include Tiger Woods (three-time winner), Phil Mickelson, Justin Leonard, Mark O'Meara and Craig Stadler.

Reiter Falls in California Amateur Championship Final

Capping six days of golf, San Diego's Charlie Reiter fell to Pepperdine's Joey Vrzich 3&2 in the 36-hole final of the 109th California Amateur Championships on August 1 at the renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course.

After starting the week in a field of 156 golfers vying for the status of best amateur in the state of California, Reiter worked his way to the two-man final against the Pepperdine and La Jolla product. The Torero redshirt sophomore never led in his runner-up finish, but he had the match tied after the first 17 holes and was within two after he birdied the 11th hole in the second leg.

After putting away three straight pars after the birdie on 11, Reiter dropped to a three-hole deficit when Vrzich birdied at 15 despite Reiter's par. Both sides parred the par-3 16th to give Vrzich the match.

Reiter competed all the way through, carding a 69 on the first 18 holes and was bogey-free on the final 12, but he was outmatched by Vrzich who won five of the last 16 holes. Reiter, who finished with eight birdies in 34 holes, won three of the 16.

Reiter was one of five Toreros who competed in the state amateur championship. Redshirt sophomore Harrison Kingsley reached the quarterfinals on July 31 while redshirt junior Donald Kay (Round of 32), redshirt freshman Alrik Pan (missed cut) and freshman Andi Xu (missed cut) also participated.

The California Amateur Championship is one of the nation's oldest state amateur golf championships. The championship originated in 1912 and was held at Pebble Beach from 1919 to 2006 before rotating courses between northern and southern California. The tournament had more than 1,100 entries to qualify.

— USD Athletics

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