LOMPOC, Calif. -- Cal Poly senior-to-be golfer Nick Engelhardt has qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship.
A graduate of Pacifica Christian High School in Santa Monica, Engelhardt finished third in a sectional qualifier at La Purisima Golf Course on Thursday, carding rounds of 74 and 72 for a two-over-par 146 total.
Engelhardt finished one shot behind Connor Nolan and Nate Whitson, who shared first place with 145 aggregates. Nolan posted a 73 and 72 while Whitson recorded a 70 and 75.
The U.S. Amateur Championship is scheduled for August 14-20 at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades. Only the top three finishers among the 73 golfers in the field at La Purisima advanced.
Engelhardt carded three birdies and five bogeys for his two-over-par morning round and one birdie and one bogey with 16 pars for his even-par afternoon round.
As a junior this year, Engelhardt averaged 73.4 strokes over nine rounds. He has competed in 32 rounds during his first three seasons as a Mustang, compiling a 74.28 career average with four top-20 finishes and 10 rounds of par or better, including a 68 in the Cal Poly Shootout in April at Cypress Ridge Golf Course.
Other Mustangs to qualify for the U.S. Amateur in recent years include Justin De Los Santos in 2016 and Jimmy Castles in 2014. Castles also competed in the sectional qualifier at La Purisima on Thursday, finishing with rounds of 74 and 78 for a 152 total and a tie for 17th place.