Carbondale’s Rohrbaugh qualifies for U.S. Amateur with win at Columbine CC
Carbondale native Tristan Rohrbaugh, a junior golfer at Boise State in the Big 12, clinched a spot in the 116th U.S. Amateur Tournament in Oakland Hills, Michigan, on Aug. 15-21, by winning Monday at Columbine Country Club in Denver by three strokes with a 10-under-par 134.
A former 3A state high school champion and a junior at Boise State, Rohrbaugh captured medalist honors Monday, shooting rounds of 68 and 66. Rohrbaugh holed out from 97 yards for eagle at the par-4 17th hole in the morning and racked up a dozen birdies go along with four bogeys.
“It’s pretty cool [to qualify],” Rohrbaugh said. “It’s cool to even go play that place (Oakland Hills), let alone going to the U.S. Amateur there. I’m pretty excited. It hasn’t really sunk in.”
While he will be competing in his first United States Golf Association championship, Rohrbaugh is certainly not a stranger to being inside the ropes at such prestigious events.
The Carbondale native has caddied at three U.S. Senior Opens for his dad, three-time Colorado PGA Professional Champion and Ironbridge Golf Club pro Doug Rohrbaugh.
However, caddying in a big event for his father likely won’t compare to playing in a national championship — and arguably the most prestigious amateur tournament on the planet. That’s a big reason why Rohrbaugh had to work to keep his emotions in check on Monday at Columbine.
Staying calm seemed to work well for Rohrbaugh, as his double-digit-under-par total would indicate.
Rohrbaugh won the 75-player tournament at Columbine CC and will get a chance to play on National Television on Fox Sports 1 and FOX during the six-day U.S. Amateur tournament.
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