July 24, 2008
Spartanburg, S.C. - USC Upstate standout golfer and Gaffney native Josh Gallman has been on a year-long hot streak. The rising junior turned in a strong 6-under-par 36-hole total in his attempt to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Championship, but fell one shot short of qualifying for the tournament.
Gallman joined 137 other hopefuls for the qualifying tournament at Keith Hills Golf Club Wednesday. He turned in a strong 4-under-par 68 and finished the first round tied for third and in the hunt for a spot in U.S. Amateur.
Gallman continued his solid play Thursday. He birdied three of his last four holes to turn in a 2-under 70 to finish the 36-hole qualifier at 6-under. He finished sixth in the tournament, but fell just one stroke short of qualifying for the U.S. Amateur with only five individuals qualifying from the Keith Hills site. He finished at 6-under-par with one other individual and was forced into a playoff for a spot as an alternate for the U.S. Amateur, but lost on the first playoff hole.
"I had a good chance today, but I just fell short," said Gallman.
Although he will not play in the U.S. Amateur, Gallman's summer of golf will not come to an end. He is an automatic qualifier in the South Carolina Amateur Championship to be played Aug. 7-10 at Musgrove Mill Golf Club in Clinton. He will join fellow teammate Baxter Culler in the field of 137 players vying for the state's amateur championship.
"I've got a little break between now and the South Carolina Amateur and then it will be time to get back to school. I can't wait to get back to school to be honest with you," said Gallamn.
Gallman has had quite a year on the links. He helped lead the Spartans to two tournament titles and won four individual championships in leading Upstate into its first year of play on the NCAA Division I level in 2007-08. He earned A-Sun First Team All-Conference honors and was named the A-Sun Golfer of the Month three out of the six times it was awarded on the year. He continued his strong play this summer. He teamed with Culler to win the Carolinas Four Ball Championship in May and finished tied for 24th at last week's 102nd Southern Amateur Championship. A little over 14 months ago, Gallman and his Spartan teammates finished second at the NCAA Division II National Championships.