Kyle Weldon, who will be a senior this fall at Kansas State, qualified for the U.S. Amateur by finishing second in a recent qualifier in Louisville, Kentucky.
Weldon finished 8-under par with rounds of 67-69.
It will be the second time Weldon, a Parkway South graduate, will compete in the U.S. Amateur.
Weldon, a native of Des Peres, missed the cut in the 2012 U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills Country Club near Denver.
“I was young back then; still giving away some easy strokes,” Weldon said. “Nowadays I may not give them up. I’m looking forward to playing in that thing. I can use that to my advantage. I’ll have more of the mindset of trying to win the tournament instead of just being happy to be on a cool stage like that and not shooting 80.”
In all, it will be Weldon’s fourth time competing in an USGA event. In addition, Weldon recently became one of 75 Division I players named to the Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars team. Weldon is a first-time honoree. A first-team academic All-Big 12 performer, he enjoyed a successful 2013-14 season on the links and in the classroom. He placed third on the team with a 73.64 stroke average and accumulated six top-20 finishes, including a tie for sixth at the Desert Shootout.
To be eligible for the Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar team at the Division I level, an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50-percent of his team’s competitive rounds, have a stroke average under 76 and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2. A recipient also must be of high moral character and be in good standing at his university.