Nevada's Smits Qualifies for U.S. Amateur Championship

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RENO, Nev. – University of Nevada senior golfer Nicholas Smits is headed to the U.S. Amateur Championship.

Smits fired rounds of 66 and 73 on Tuesday at Wheatley Hills Golf Course in East Williston, N.Y. That was good enough for second place as he laid claim to one of the three spots from that sectional qualifying location.

The opening-round 66 was the low round of the day at the event. Smits finished two shots behind Dylan Crowley of Glen Cove, N.Y., who won the event with a 137. Smits was at 139, a shot clear of the playoff for the final spot.

The U.S. Amateur will be played this year at the Highlands Course at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga. The format calls for two rounds of stroke play to reduce the field to 64 golfers and match play will then decide the champion. The tournament runs Aug. 11-17.

Smits is the first Nevada golfer to play in the U.S. Amateur since Kevin Lucas qualified in 2009 at Southern Hills in Tulsa.