golf touurnament

Andy Ogletree, third Georgia Tech golfer to win USGA US Amateur

BY JIM RICE

“On Golf and Other Things Out of Doors”

Following in the footsteps of Bobby Jones and Matt Kuchar, Andy Ogletree became the third Georgia Tech golfer to win the USGA U.S. Amateur... “sting ‘em.” Andy fell behind early to Vanderbilt senior John Augenstein. In the first 18 holes of the 36-hole finals, Ogletree lost four of the first five holes; down four going to the sixth hole on Pinehurst number 4. Yes, that’s right, the USGA used two different courses for this final 18 playing #4 in the first 18 and then, after a break for lunch, moved the final 18 holes of competition to the more famous Pinehurst #2.

Ogletree began his comeback before the break and went to half time only down one. He trailed during 29 of the 35 holes played but never gave up. After taking the lead on the 32nd hole and birdying four of the last seven holes he went on to win on the 35th hole by 2 and 1. The two players combined to make 16 birdies in 35 holes. It was one of those matches that you wanted to keep going and for no one to lose. Great golf that was played at a quick pace and with the only drama being the incredible, under pressure shot-making ability of these two college seniors. I predict we’ll be seeing both these young men in future PGA events.

In the meantime, the Havemeyer trophy goes to Andy Ogletree along with invitations to the 2020 Masters, US Open and British Open tournaments—BUT only if his amateur status is maintained. Go ahead, young man, delay your professional golf career to play in these prestigious events. Others have turned pro and have never made it into these events.

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