Three SJU golfers headed to top tourneys
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The St. John’s men’s and women’s golf teams will both be represented at the premier amateur golf championships in the country, as junior Harin Lee is competing in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship (Aug. 6 to 12) and senior Pat Wilson and sophomore Dylan Crowley will compete in the U.S. Amateur Championship (Aug. 13 to 19).

Lee, a 2012 All-Big East women’s golf team selection, qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur by placing second at the qualifying tournament at Somerset Hills Country Club in Bernardsville, N.J., with a round of 74.

“It means a lot to qualify for the women’s am, especially since this is my third time trying to qualify for this event,” Lee said. “I’ve only been playing USGA events this summer, so it was a goal to qualify for this tournament.”

Wilson, a 2012 All-Big East men’s golf team selection, qualified for the U.S. Amateur by winning his qualifying tournament at Hawk Pointe Golf Club in Washington, N.J., with a two-round total of 137.

“Qualifying for the U.S. Am is probably the highest goal for every competitive amateur player,” Wilson said. “I would consider it to be the U.S. Open for amateurs.”

Crowley made the tournament with a two-round total of 144 at the North Shore Country Club in Glen Head, N.Y., to finish in a tie for second.

“This is the big show for amateurs, with the best players from around the country and it’s a great opportunity to see how you stack up,” Crowley said. “Whoever wins the U.S. Am usually turns out to have pretty good success at some point in their career because they’re a really good player.”

After playing in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship in June, Lee said she knows what to expect in her second USGA event of the summer.

“I have been playing a lot of different courses in Long Island to prepare for the tournament,” Lee said. “I’ve been trying to find courses that have faster greens to help me focus on my short game.”

Crowley said that his results weren’t as good as he expected at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in July, so he tried to change very few of the things that got him to this point.

“I texted [PGA Tour star Keegan Bradley] and asked him what he does to prepare for a big tournament,” Crowley said. “He told me not to change any of the stuff that got me here, because it is obviously working or I wouldn’t be in the position that I’m in.”

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