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Antonelli makes U.S. Amateur cut

AURORA – Luke Antonelli’s golf career took a big step forward Wednesday.The Rifle High School graduate rallied for a fifth-place finish at the two-day Sectional Qualifier to claim the final spot for the U.S. Amateur Championship.After finishing the first day with a 70 on the par-72, 7,456-yard Murphy Creek Golf Course, Antonelli entered the final round in a four-way tie for sixth place.But as a number of players who started the day even with or ahead of Antonelli faded in the second day, the 2002 Colorado Golf Association Boys Stroke Play champion kept up his steady play and finished the day with a 71 for a tournament total of 141.Nick Juszczak won the qualifier at 66-71-137, and Tom Glissmeyer, who played in the 2003 U.S. Open at the age of 16, took second one stroke back (66-72-138). Littleton’s John Hayes (73-67-140) made a second-day surge to tie for third place with Longmont’s Charles Soule (70-70-140).The U.S. Amateur Championship is slated for Aug. 16-22 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.Antonelli spent his freshman and sophomore seasons playing for St. Mary’s University in Texas, but has transferred to University of San Diego for his junior season, according to a CGA press release.• Antonelli is just beginning a busy week. He is the lone amateur out of six area players competing in the 40th Colorado Open at the par-72 Green Valley Ranch Golf Club in Denver. Area pros Doug Rohrbaugh (River Valley Ranch), Tom Underwood (Lakota Canyon Ranch), Greg Gortsema (Glenwood Springs Golf Club), Tad Holloway (Rifle Creek Golf Course) and Keith Humerickhouse (River Valley Ranch) are all scheduled to play in the four-round tournament, which begins today.• Antonelli is just beginning a busy week. He is the lone amateur out of six area players competing in the 40th Colorado Open at the par-72 Green Valley Ranch Golf Club in Denver. Area pros Doug Rohrbaugh (River Valley Ranch), Tom Underwood (Lakota Canyon Ranch), Greg Gortsema (Glenwood Springs Golf Club), Tad Holloway (Rifle Creek Golf Course) and Keith Humerickhouse (River Valley Ranch) are all scheduled to play in the four-round tournament, which begins today.


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