MEXICO, CITY, MEXICO – Just over two months removed from his collegiate career, Jacksonville University men's golf alum Raul Pereda is already beginning to thrive on a national stage. The 2018 JU graduate was the only golfer in the Mexico City qualifier to receive an automatic bid to the 119th United States Golf Association Amateur Championships, to be held at the Spyglass Hill Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Fla. this August.
In partnership with the Mexican Golf Federation, the 2017-18 ASUN First-Team and ASUN All-Tournament Team selection shot a 67 and 68, respectively, on July 17, giving Mexico a qualifier in the event for the third consecutive year. The Cordoba, Mexico native will be part of over 7000 qualifiers who will compete in the even beginning August 13, with stoke play to narrow the field down to a 64-person tournament commencing.
Winners of the U.S. Amateur Championship receive automatic qualification into the majors with the exception of the PGA Championship. The first-runner up receives an automatic bid into The Masters and U.S. Open, so long as both players maintain their amateur status or qualify by other means. Previous winners of the tournament include Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson, and Tiger Woods.
The 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship begins on August 13 with two rounds of stroke play over 36 holes. Following those opening rounds, the field will be cut to 64 and match play will begin all the way down to the championship match on August 19. The event will be broadcast on Fox and FS1 with tee times yet to be announced.
Pereda joins three other players with ASUN Conference ties, Kennesaw State's Grant Sutliff, Lipscomb's Eric Ansett and North Florida's Andrew Alligood, in qualifying for the tournament.