CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Nearly 7,500 amateur golfer descend on California for the 2018 United States Amateur. Chattanooga rising senior Etienne Brault qualified to join them recently for the Aug. 13-19 event.
Brault competes against fellow top golfers from around the world at one of golf’s most hallowed stages, Pebble Beach Golf Club.
Brault was one of 78 who took the tee July 23 at Willow Ridge Country Club in Harrison, N.Y. The par-71, 6,427-yard tract provided a difficult, but exciting opportunity for the field.
Brault was in trouble early with five bogeys on his first eight holes. He made the turn at 4-over.
Five straight birdies righted the ship, getting the Quebec native to 1-under. He closed with bogeys at 16 and 18 for a 1-over 72. That put Brault in a tie for 12th with just two spots available to qualify for Pebble Beach.
Six straight pars to open the second 18 was followed by another birdie run. Four in a row dotted the scorecard on 16, 17, 18 and 1 to get Brault to 3-under for the day. A bogey on 3 wouldn’t derail his day. Birdies at 5 and the closing 9 gave him a 5-under 66 and a 4-under 138 total.
As the dust settled, Brault and Boston College’s Christian Cavaliere (137) earned their trips to Pebble Beach. Alternates Michael Young and Cristian Del Vecchio tied for third at 140. All in all, just six golfers found their way under par over 36 holes with Brault and Young sharing low 18 honors with their 66s.
Alum Brooks Thomas ’17 and rising sophomore Connor Nolan played in last year’s amateur.