It’s a long way from Apollo, Pa. to University Place, Washington, nearly coast to coast.
But that’s OK for a couple Pittsburgh area golfers who qualified to make that trip Monday. In a qualifier for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball championship, Andrew Hodge and Evan Ruhling, tied for medalist with a round of 64 and qualified for the national event next May at Chambers Bay.
Yes, that Chambers Bay, the one that provided a less-than-Open-like challenge for the U.S. Open in 2015.
“I know Chambers Bay had some issues in that U.S. Open, but I’ve played it since and things have changed there,” Ruhling, who’ll be competing for the first time in a USGA event, said. “The greens were fescue and they’ve been changed to bent grass. I thought it was a good golf course.”