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Former Gainesville High golfer Spencer Ralston qualifies for US Amateur
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Georgia's Spencer Ralston follows his shot April 14 at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens.

Gainesville High graduate Spencer Ralston, a rising sophomore golfer at the University of Georgia, shot a blistering 7-under par on the opening day of 36 holes at the US Amateur qualifier Tuesday at the Crabapple Course at the Capital City Club in Atlanta.

Ralston finished the two-day event at 6-under-par (134) and earned the fourth and final spot to play at the US Amateur, starting Aug. 17 in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

His first-round card was remarkable with eight birdies, nine pars and just one bogey.

The former Red Elephant opened his first round with three straight birdies on the first four holes, and made the turn to the back nine at 4-under.

On Wednesday, Ralston wrapped up play with a 1-over-par 71. This marks the second time Ralston has qualified for the US Amateur.

Also qualifying with Ralston were Georgia Tech’s Luke Schniederjans and Andy Ogletree, and N.C. State’s Benjamin Shipp.

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