Hughes qualifies for US Amateur

Maple Ridge’s Charlie Hughes qualified for a spot in the U.S. Amateur Golf Championship later this month with his second-place finish at the 2011 U.S. Amateur Sectional Qualifying event, held last weekend at The Members Club at Aldarra, in Sammish, Wash.

Hughes carded rounds of 70 and 71 to finish the two-round tournament at one-under-par, one stroke behind winner Tze Huang Choo of Singapore.

Hughes made six birdies against five bogeys in his opening round and added four more birdies and bogeys in his second round on a challenging course in perfect, sunny conditions.

Hughes was one of three players from an international field of 78 to qualify for a spot in the US Amateur Championship.

The US Amateur Championship will be played at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin, Aug. 22 to 28.

Hughes will be returning to the University of Washington as a junior in September where he is a member of the school’s NCAA Division I Huskies golf team.

Hughes is a graduate of Thomas Haney Secondary, where he was a part of the Thomas Haney Thunder golf team that won the 2009 provincial championship.