HOUSTON – Incoming University of Houston men’s golfer Santiago De La Fuente recently qualified for the US Amateur Championship after posting a 4-under 140 at Campestre De La Ciudad De Mexico.

After shooting a 73 in the first round, De La Fuente drained six birdies with just one bogey in the afternoon session to earn one of two qualifier spots.

The 2022 USA Amateur Championship will be held August 15-21 at Ridgewood Country Club and Arcola Country Club in Paramus, NJ. Over 300 golfers will compete with the Top 64 after stroke play in match play.

This is the fourth straight season and the ninth time in the past 10 years that at least one Cougar will compete in the U.S. Amateur Championship.

One year ago, Andres Aranguren participated in stroke play at Oakmont Country Club and Longue Vue Club in Pennsylvania.

Santiago De La Fuente, USA Amateur Championship qualifierABOUT SANTIAGO DE LA FUENTE
De La Fuente recently signed a scholarship deal after attending his first two seasons at Arkansas Tech. He will compete as a junior from 2022-23 with two years of eligibility remaining.

In two years at Arkansas Tech, De La Fuente competed in 22 tournaments and compiled 17 top-20 finishes with an individual tournament championship each year. He led the Wonder Boys to the NCAA Division II championships every season with the NCAA national title as a rookie in 2021.

As a sophomore in 2021-22, De La Fuente compiled a 73.03 GAA with nine Top-20 finishes in 12 tournaments. He was named to the All-Central Region team by the Golf Coaches Association of America and was unanimously selected to the Great American Conference First Team.

He opened the season with three consecutive top-five finishes and earned medalist honors at the Houston Classic at the Golf Club in Houston, courtesy of a second-round 65.

As a 2020-21 rookie, De La Fuente helped lead Arkansas Tech to the NCAA Division II National Championship after averaging 73.25 with eight top-20 finishes in 10 tournaments. The native of Mexico City, Mexico opened this season with five straight Top 20 finishes and captured the first title of his college career with a 6-under 210 in the battle for the belt.

In addition to his collegiate accomplishments, De La Fuente was an award-winning amateur competitor. In January, he finished second in the Latin American Amateur Championship, shooting 6-under 288 at Casa de Campo’s Teeth of the Dog course.

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