Alex Heffner

Alex Heffner (far right) poses with the other golfers who qualified for the U.S. Amateur last week in Huntersville.

HUNTERSVILLE – Alex Heffner was having a great summer on the amateur golf circuit.

And then it got even better.

On Tuesday, the Harrisburg resident qualified for what’s considered the pinnacle for young golfers: the U.S. Amateur.

Heffner, a rising senior at Hickory Ridge High School, shot a 7-under-par 137 at NorthStone Country Club in Huntersville to earn his spot in the prestigious tournament.

Four qualifying spots and two alternate positions were available at NorthStone (6,900 yards, par 72) last week.

Others to qualify were Jacob Bridgeman of Inman, South Carolina, and Blake Wagoner of nearby Cornelius (both with scores of 134), as well as John Eades of Charlotte (136).

Kings Mountain’s Alex Goff (138) is the first alternate, and Asheville’s Matthew Sharpstene (139) is the second alternate.

The four qualifiers will advance to the 2019 United States Amateur Championship at Pinehurst Country Club August 12-18.

Heffner has been playing great golf since the high school season ended.

On June 3, Heffner and Concord High School graduate Walker Cress tied for medalist honors at the N.C. Amateur Qualifying at Cabarrus Country Club. On June 28, Heffner was the runner-up at the 52nd North Carolina Junior Boys Championship at Raleigh’s Lonnie Poole Golf Course.

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