Golf Canada Development Squad member Mark Valliere of Courtenay qualified for the US Amateur Public Links Championship by finishing atop the leaderboard at a qualifying event on the weekend.
Valliere topped the field with a 151, two shots better than runner-up Tyler Carlson and four up on Joe Harvie, both of Wahington State. The qualifier was held at Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Wash.
Valliere is set to join teammates Justin Shin and Garrett Rank of the Men’s National team.
Shin, of Hamilton, qualified for the US Public Links Amateur Championship by besting the field at the Catawba Island Club in Port Clinton, OH. He was one of two qualifiers from the event to advance to the championship.
Rank, of Elmira was given exemption into the championship due to his runner-up finish at the 2012 Mid-Amateur Championship.
The US Public Links Amateur Championship will take place July 15-20 at the Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, VA.
The course officially opened in 2005 and has played host to this championship in 2008, 2009 and 2010. All players eligible to participate must maintain a USGA handicap index not exceeding 4.4.
– Golf Canada