July 30, 2012
CHINA GROVE, N.C. - East Carolina rising junior Ryan Eibner made par on the first playoff hole to secure the last qualifying spot from the U.S. Amateur Championship sectional tournament hosted by Warrior Golf Club. Eibner is the sixth ECU golfer in the past four years to earn a spot at the U.S. Amateur, which will be held at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, Colo. beginning August 13.
Eibner, a native of Cary, N.C., helped the Pirates earn their first NCAA Championship berth in 2012. He posted the team's lowest score of the NCAA Southeast Region in Athens, Ga. and finished in fourth-place. It was one of four top-10 finishes during his sophomore campaign. His best finish of the year was runner-up at the General Hackler Championships in Georgetown, S.C. He carded a two-over par and earned Conference USA Golfer-of-the-Week honors for his efforts.
Eric Brady, Eibner's teammate and classmate, qualified as an alternate at the Cutter Creek Golf Club in Snow Hill, N.C.
The 2012 U.S. Amateur will be the ninth United States Golf Association (USGA) national championship to be conducted on the layout. It is one of three courses - Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, N.Y., and Hazeltine National G.C. in Chaska, Minn., are the others - to have hosted the U.S. Open, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Amateur. This will be the second U.S. Amateur contested at Cherry Hills, following the 1990 championship won by Phil Mickelson.