The U.S. Amateur Championship this week will have a strong Middle Georgia feel to it.
Macon’s Taylor Floyd, Warner Robins’ Chris Wolfe and Buena Vista’s Matt Nagy will all take part in golf’s most prestigious amateur tournament this week in Tulsa, Okla. The tournament opens with two rounds of stroke play today, and the top 64 players after Tuesday’s round will advance to the match play portion of the tournament.
In today’s first round, Nagy will tee off at 9:20 a.m., Wolfe at 9:30 a.m. and Floyd at 12:55 p.m.
“I’m definitely looking forward to it, it’s really exciting,” Floyd said. “I’m playing pretty well right now, and I’m happy with my game.”
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Floyd made some changes to his game earlier this summer. Those changes came together for the rising sophomore at Augusta State and former FPD standout at his Amateur qualifier earlier this month in Duluth.
“The changes in my setup really helped my game,” Floyd said. “Everything is clicking. I’m just trying to get through the stroke play and play two good rounds. And then you just have to see what happens in the match play part because it’s so hit and miss once you get to match play.”
Wolfe said that’s pretty much the game plan for everyone in the tournament. He and his father, Ed, made a road trip to Oklahoma together to enjoy the weekend leading up to the event.
Wolfe expects a tough test throughout this week.
“It’s really about persevering until you get to match play,” the former Warner Robins and Armstrong Atlantic State standout said. “There’s not a lot of birdies out there. I’m just going to play for old man par the first two rounds and once we get to match play, start shooting at some pins.”
While Floyd and Wolfe qualified for the Amateur, Nagy did not. He qualified for the U.S. Open earlier this summer and earned an exemption into the Amateur because of that. The former Taylor County standout and current Kennesaw State player also competed in the U.S. Public Links.
“It’s really been a good summer, and I get to miss some more classes this week, so that’s always good,” Nagy said with a laugh. “I actually haven’t been hitting it all that well this summer, but I’ve been scoring well, and that’s what it’s all about.
“Playing in these kinds of tournaments, the Open, the Amateur, helps you just look around and compare yourself to the other players. You can really see what things you need to work on.”
Today’s tee times
First-round tee times for Middle Georgia’s players in the U.S. Amateur Championship:
Matt Nagy: 9:20 a.m.
Chris Wolfe: 9:30 a.m.
Taylor Floyd: 12:55 p.m.