Former FPD standout Taylor Floyd earns spot in U.S. Amateur

Taylor Floyd wasn’t sure of his fate after Tuesday’s round of the U.S. Amateur Championship qualifier at The Standard Club.

But then the former FPD standout saw his father, Rusty, give him the thumbs up. And with that, Floyd, a rising sophomore at Augusta State, knew he had earned one of the five spots from this qualifier for this month’s U.S. Amateur.

Floyd, who shot a 3-under-par 69 in the first round to play in the final group Tuesday, had a 1-over 73 in the second round. His round featured two birdies and three bogeys as he finished the two-day qualifier at 2-under 142, tying for fourth.

“I thought 3 under was going to get me in. I thought that was the number, but I just didn’t know,” Floyd said. “Then I saw my dad, and he gave me the thumbs up to let me know I got in.”

Floyd will head to Tulsa, Okla., for the U.S. Amateur, which will be held Aug. 24-30.

He won’t be joined by Georgia standout and Stratford product Russell Henley, who shot a 74 on Tuesday to finish at 2-over 146. Henley moved to 2 under through 14 holes but went 4 over the rest of his round.

Mercer’s Bill Jones III shot rounds of 71-75 to finish at 146 and GCSU’s Taylor Smith ended up at 156 after rounds of 73-83.