Golfer Tristan Rohrbaugh qualifies for U.S. Amateur |

Golfer Tristan Rohrbaugh qualifies for U.S. Amateur

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
Mens Golf, Fall, Portraits
Boise State Univerity |

Tristan Rohrbaugh, a former Colorado high school state golf champion from Basalt High School, will play in the U.S. Amateur Championships.

Rohrbaugh, who will be a junior this fall at Boise State University, won the U.S. Amateur qualifying tournament this week at Columbine Country Club near Littleton.

He shot rounds of 68 and 66 to finish 10-under par 134, winning by three strokes.

He closed his morning round with an eagle from 97 yards on the par-4 17th hole.

He completed the two rounds with a dozen birdies and only four bogeys.

He defeated Colin Prater of the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, who carded 68-69—137. Prater had won the Pikes Peak Amateur title on Saturday.

Wyndham Clark of Highlands Ranch, who qualified for his fifth U.S. Amateur, finished in a tie with Prater.

All three move on to the U.S. Amateur at Oakland Hills in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, host of six U.S. Opens, three PGA Championships and a Ryder Cup tournament.

The U.S. Amateur is scheduled for Aug. 15-21.

Clark, who twice won the Class 4A state golf title in Colorado, is expected to turn pro next spring after his senior season at Oklahoma State. He’s the 2014 Big 12 Player of the Year.

Rohrbaugh will be competing in his first USGA championship.

But he’s been there before.

He’s caddied at three U.S. Senior Opens for his father Doug Rohrbaugh, the head pro at Ironbridge and a three-time Colorado PGA Professional champion.

“I just tried to stay as calm as possible out there, especially coming down the stretch,” said the younger Rohrbaugh. “I didn’t miss much. And when I did, I’d hit it to like 3 feet every time.”

Tristan Rohrbaugh used a dramatic come-from-behind final round to win his Colorado state championship at historic Pueblo Country Club in 2013 — the first state golf title in Basalt High School history.

“I had a lot of birdies inside 10 feet (and) probably four or five inside 5 feet,” Rohrbaugh said. “ It’s not like I was putting lights out. I was just hitting it good.”

A total of 75 players competed Monday in the two-round tournament, chasing three U.S. Amateur positions.

In the earlier U.S. Amateur qualifier in Fort Collins, Parker residents Kyler Dunkle and Tanner Jenson and Colorado State University golfer Colton Yates, qualified for the U.S. Amateur in Michigan.

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