MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. – George Washington University sophomore Arav Patel of Forsgate Country Club finished as the medalist in Thursday's rainy qualifying round for the 102nd New Jersey Open. Patel shot a 5-under par 66 at Laurel Creek Country Club, which played 6,558 yards. 

“Fortunately we got to play 12 or 13 holes without the rain coming in.” said Patel, who carded three birdies and an eagle on the front 9, followed by a birdie and a bogey to remain even through the rain in the second half of the day. 

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Patel is looking forward to the Open at The Ridge at Back Brook as his game has improved. 

“I think my game is really solid," said Patel. "I had a great end of college season going into summer break and everything is trending in the right direction right now. I'm trying to keep it positive, trying to get better day by day.”

Lukas Clark of Galloway National Golf Club shot a 4-under par 67, turning in a blemish-free front nine while carding four birdies and a pair of bogeys on the back nine. 

Also advancing through qualifying are a trio of professionals in Diamo Streaser (Arcola CC), Patrick Butkus (Tavistock CC), and Keegan McCullough (Knickerbocker CC). 

The low 8 players (+ ties) have advanced to the championship at The Ridge at Back Brook from July 25-27. 

The next qualifier for the Open is set for Tuesday, June 28 at Knoll Country Club. Pairings and starting times can be found here.

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