Pinedale native and current University of Utah golfer, Jordan Costello, won the 2019 U.S. Amateur Qualifier late Tuesday at Jacoby Golf Course in Laramie. Costello was tied for second and just a stroke behind University of Wyoming golfer Tyler Severin after the first round but shot a meet-best 65 in the second round to win with a cumulative 8-under 134.
That victory sealed Costello’s automatic berth in the 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship next month at Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina. It will be his first appearance in the event.
Costello comes off a successful junior season where he ranked second on the Utes’ squad with a 73.1 stroke average. He was also named 2018 Wyoming State Golf Association Men’s Player of the Year.
Canada’s Jeevan Sihota took second by finishing four strokes behind Costello, and earned the right to an alternate spot in the U.S. Amateur Championship.
Severin, who led the competition after the first round, fell behind with a second-round 76 and finished in a tie for fifth. His Cowboy teammate, and Sheridan native, Kirby Coe-Kirkham shot a 69 in the second round to finish with a total 140 and sole possession of a bronze medal.
Kelly Walsh rising senior Taj Sutherland finished in sole possession of eighth after shooting a second-round 75. Wyoming golfer and rising sophomore Jared Edeen from Cheyenne Central finished in a tie for tenth with Thermopolis rising junior Hardy Johnson. Edeen struggled to a second-round 79 while Johnson, already an imposing two-time 2A state champion, improved by two strokes in the second round to tie Edeen’s cumulative 151.