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Ben Woodruff shot 66 to finish second at the U.S. Junior Amateur qualifier in Salisbury last month.

Golfers from across the nation will compete in the 71st U.S. Junior Amateur at New Jersey’s Baltusrol Golf Club July 16-21, and recent Hough High graduate Ben Woodruff is excited to face them.

One of five N.C. golfers in the event, Woodruff punched his ticket by firing a round of 66 and placing in the top three (second) at a June 11 qualifier at the Country Club of Salisbury.

“Everything went the way I planned for it to go,” Woodruff said. “I hit a lot of fairways and greens, and my putter heated up when I needed it to.”

The Charlotte 49er signee posted five birdies in Salisbury to finish the par-71 course at 5-under. He started on the back nine, and holed a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 16.

“That was kind of the spark of my round,” Woodruff said.

Woodruff helped lead Hough to I-Meck Conference and 4A West Regional titles this year. He shot 68 at Mooresville Golf Club May 1 to win the individual Regional title. 

The U.S. Amateur field includes 156 golfers who will compete in 36 holes of stroke play. The top 64 golfers will then move on to match play.

Baltusrol has hosted numerous major championships, including the 2016 PGA Championship, and Jack Nicklaus won U.S. Open titles there in 1967 and 1980.

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