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Barrett Headed to Olympia Fields
Author: Wayne Mills
July 6th 2015 - Surry, New Hampshire native and current Texas Christian University student/athlete Chelso Barrett has qualified to play in the 2015 United States Amateur Championship-again.

Barrett shot 72-67 at Monday’s qualifier held at Vesper Country Club in Tyngsboro, Mass. to gain the third and final qualifying spot offered in the tournament. This will be Barrett’s fourth appearance in the U.S. Amateur having previously qualified in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

The 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship will be contested August 17-23 at Olympia Fields Country Club outside of Chicago, Illinois and will be televised by Fox Sports and the Fox Network.

In addition Barrett has competed in the U. S. Amateur Public Links in 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014 as well as the U.S. Junior in 2010, 2011 (where he lost to current U. S. Open and Masters champion Jordan Spieth in the finals), and 2012.

After a two birdie/two bogey first round left him at even par 72 and five shots behind first round leader James Pleat, formerly of Nashua and Dartmouth, Barrett knew he had to make up strokes.  He started his second round with at birdie at the first and added two more at the third and ninth holes to go out in 33. A bogey at the 10th set him back but he rallied to make birdie at the next three holes. He bogeyed the par 3-14th but came right back with a birdie at the 15th. Barrett then parred in to post a 67 which was the second low round of the afternoon session.

The low round of the tournament, a 66, was posted by medalist Marc Chandonnet of Maple Valley Washington in the afternoon which paired with his first round 2-under 70, good enough to take the top spot at 136.
Second place qualifier was Jimmy Hervol, 17, of Hopkinton, Mass who will take his golf game to the University of Connecticut next year. He shot 70-68.

Griffin Brown of Hollis, NH captured the first alternate spot with rounds of 68-73. Second alternate was Charlie May (71-70) of Topsfield, Mass.


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