Spartans’ Sletmoen wins US Amateur qualifierPublished 10:38am Wednesday, July 23, 2014
FARGO — Brandon Sletmoen, a two-time All-American for M State from Hawley, MN, won the US Amateur qualifier to qualify for the United States Amateur Championship at Fargo Country Club.
Sletmoen shot rounds of 72 and 65 to win by 4 shots over Bill Carlson (NDSU golfer). The US Amateur Championship is considered one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the world. Past champions include Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Bobby Jones and Phil Mickelson.
“It was nice to put a good round together,” Sletmoen said. “I had been hitting it well for the last couple weeks and knew it was just a matter of time before the putts would start dropping. They finally did the second round, and was able to play well enough to get into the US Amateur. “
“What an incredible accomplishment for Brandon,” M State golf coach Jason Retzlaff said. “He will have the opportunity to play at a World Class venue at a tournament that many of the all time great golfers first made a name for themselves. It’s pretty special to qualify by shooting a 65 on a pressure packed day. We are very proud of him.”
Sletmoen helped the Spartans finish in fifth at the NJCAA Div. III National Tournament in June and finished in seventh overall. Earlier this summer, Sletmoen signed a National Letter of Intent to play golf at Div. I Nebraska-Omaha.
Sletmoen will now travel to Atlanta, Georgia to take part in the US Amateur Championship will be held Aug. 11-17 at Atlanta Athletic Club.
Earlier this summer, Sletmoen signed a National Letter of Intent to play golf at Div. I Nebraska-Omaha.