Trey Rule has plenty of confidence heading into the Georgia Amateur Championship this week at Idle Hour Club.
And with good reason.
Rule helped pace Mercer to the best season in program history, leading the Bears to their first conference title and their first trip to the NCAA tournament. The junior was named the A-Suns player of the year and selected by PING as an honorable mention All-American.
And last month, Rule won the prestigious Dogwood Invitational in Atlanta.
Im hitting the ball great, and Ive been really consistent with my putter, Rule said. Its been a great year, and that has really raised my confidence. Winning the Dogwood certainly helps with that.
During the Mercer season, Rule posted a 71.25 scoring average and finished in the top 15 in nine of his 12 events. He won twice -- at the SunTrust Gator Invitational and the A-Sun tournament -- and finished tied for ninth at the NCAA Raleigh Regional.
In 36 rounds, Rule, who is from Eatonton, had 10 rounds in the 60s, while leading the Bears with 121 birdies and four eagles.
It was a great year for Mercer golf, the best year ever for the program, Rule said. There was definitely a lot of hype, and we were pleased with the way we played all year long.
He carries that strong play into the Georgia Amateur in his first appearance in the tournament. But Rule does have plenty of experience with Idle Hour. He played in the Peach Blossom tournament this year and said Mercers team plays at the course a couple of times each week.
You definitely have to hit a lot of greens to start with; the course has small greens, Rule said. Those greens are the courses biggest defense. But this course will test every aspect of your game.
Rules game has passed just about every test this year, including at the Dogwood. He finished at 21 under and beat Zach Seabolt in a playoff.
It has been a productive year and a positive year, and Im just thankful for everything that has happened, Rule said.