UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Former Illinois standout Brian Campbell shot a final-round 68 Sunday at the U.S. Open to tie for 27th place and capture the low amateur medal by two shots over Denny McCarthy and Ollie Schniederjans.
“Yeah, I’m very proud of myself today,” said Campbell, who ended the championship at 5-over-par 285. “I knew I had the potential to shoot a good one. So I kind of let it happen. At a course like this that’s playing so tough you can’t force the issue.”
McCarthy, a former All-American at Virginia, and Schniederjans, a former Georgia Tech star, both tied for 42nd place.
Campbell’s teammate at Illinois, Nick Hardy, also shot 68 on Sunday and tied for 58th place. He just completed his freshman year with the Illini and was pleased to qualify for the weekend.
“I hope to be back at many more of these,” Hardy said. “It’s good to get my first one out of the way. I still got plenty of years left in college, going to just try to keep getting better.”
Texas junior Beau Hossler and Florida State junior Jack Maguire both tied for 58th place. Six amateurs made the 36-hole cut, the most in 49 years.