By: Tim Andrzejewski (email@example.com)
HOUSTON, Texas — After one of the most impressive seasons in recent Rice history, former Owl Mitchell Meissner continued his strong play today, tying for first-place at the U.S. Amateur qualifier in San Antonio and earning a spot in next month’s tournament at Pebble Beach.
Meissner, who last month won the 109th Texas Amateur, fired a five-under 137 over the two round event, tying for the lead with his brother McClure, a sophomore at SMU. The siblings grabbed the only two automatic spots.
Meissner will be making his second appearance at the U.S. Amateur, having also qualified in 2016.
The San Antonio native opened the event with a one-under par 70. Meissner then shot a four-under 67 in the final round, the second-best round of the tournament.
The first team All-Conference USA member began the day with a birdie on the first hole. After five straight pars, Meissner bogeyed the seventh hole but got it right back a hole later to make the turn at one-under. After starting the back nine with a par, he followed a bogey at 11 with a birdie at 12. Meissner closed the first round six straight pars.
He began the final round with five straight pars. Birdies at holes five and eight pushed him to three-under par. Meissner bogeyed the 13th hole, but he closed the tournament with three birdies in the final four holes.
Meissner is coming off a senior campaign that saw him close his Rice career winning the Conference USA Championship and tying for eighth at the NCAA Bryan Regional.