Gold Qualifies for U.S. Amateur With Victory

Aug. 13, 2008

WILMINGTON, Del. - University of Maryland rising senior Chris Gold recently fired an 8-under-par 63 in the second round of a local qualifier to win the title and earn a berth in the U.S. Amateur Championship.

Gold, a native of Haddonfield, N.J., finished with a two-round total of 134 to top the 155-player field. The event was held at the Nemours and DuPont courses at the DuPont Country Club. He was one of six qualifiers from the Wilmington event.

The U.S. Amateur Championship will be held Aug. 18-24 at the Pinehurst Resort & Country Club. The event, the oldest contested by the USGA, was first played in 1895.

Gold shot a 71 on the DuPont Course in the opening 18 holes, and he finished the opening round four strokes off the lead. Playing the par-71, 6,166-yard Nemours Course, Gold had six birdies and a chip-in eagle on the 18th hole en route to the 63 and a two-shot victory.

"I'm just happy to get in," Gold told the Golf Association of Philadelphia web site. "I have a feel for the course and I feel like it fits my game.

"I just played solid in my first round and saw there were a couple low scores on the other course, so I figured I was still in it."

Gold was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection for the Terrapins in 2008. He led Maryland with a 73.1 scoring average this year, ranking fifth on the single-season list since 2000. He won three individual tournaments in 2007-08, including the Adams Cup of Newport, the Cuthbert Cup and the George Washington Invitational. He was the first Terp since 2001 to win three individual tournaments in a single season.

"Chris has had a great summer," said Maryland head coach Tom Hanna. "Chris will be the captain of our team this year and we're looking forward to a great season from him."

Maryland teammate Tom Hanna III, a rising sophomore for the Terps, shot 77-82--159 in the qualifier.

The Terrapins open their Fall 2008 season with their first home event in years, hosting the University of Maryland Intercollegiate at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort on Sept. 6 and 7 in Cambridge, Md.