U.S. amateurs look strong in British Open qualifying

Pontus Widegren, a freshman-to-be at UCLA, tied for first in the stroke-play qualifying at the European Men’s Amateur Team Championship. The Swede shot consecutive 67s to tie British Amateur champ Matteo Manassero of Italy. Andrea Pavan, who plays for NCAA champion Texas A&M, finished one shot back. Pavan was also representing Italy.

Sweden’s David Lingmerth (University of Arkansas) tied for fifth at 7 under par. Germany’s Allen John (Georgia State), Norway’s Knut Borsheim (Arizona State), Spain’s Ignacio Elvira (Texas A&M) and England’s Charlie Ford (University of Tennessee) were other players who competed this past season for American colleges to finish in the top 20.

Scotland won the team title with a 5-2 victory over England in the final. Scotland also won the World Amateur Team Championship in October 2008.

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