by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Colton Buege, former Rogers all-state golfer, has qualified for the U.S. Amateur tournament.
Buege, 22, placed second in a sectional qualifier with a 3-under-par 71-70-141 on Monday at Rush Creek in Maple Grove.
“This will be my first U.S. Am. I’ve tried five or six times,” said Buege, who sank a pair of 20-foot putts on the back nine to save par and stay in contention.
Sammy Schmitz of Farmington shot 140 to win the event.
“We are good friends,” said Buege. “We were playing together and we went back and forth all day. I think that helped keep us in front, when some other players dropped out.”
There was a two-hour rain delay between the two rounds, making the final 18 much slower than the first 18.
The top three advanced, with Andrew McCain grabbing the third slot.
The U.S. Open will be held in Atlanta Athletic Club from Aug. 11-17.
Beuge led Rogers to one state co-championship and one runner-up finish, then was a member of the University of Minnesota golf team for three seasons.
An accounting major, he graduated this spring and is currently working part-time for Second Swing Golf while continuing to compete. He plans to attend graduate school this fall.