Aug 14, 2015 3:14 AM by Ross Field
For the second consecutive year, 19-year-old local golfer Tyler Collier has qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship. Action News Now's Ross Field caught up with the Collier to gauge how he feels heading into golf's most prestigious amateur event.
When Tyler Collier, a former Pleasant Valley Vikings and current UCLA Bruin, finished in second place at 2-under with rounds of 70 and 72 in a July 20th U.S. Amateur qualifier at TPC Valencia in Southern California, he knew he put himself in position to clinch a spot in the nation's most prestigious amateur championship.
There was just one problem.
"I finished pretty early, so I had to sit there and wait quite awhile. Three out of the 95 golfers make it and the moment that I found out I qualified, it was pretty exciting," says Collier.
The U.S. Amateur features 312 of the top young golfers in the world and is hosted by Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois, home of the 2003 U.S. Open.
"The first two days are stroke play and then they cut the field from 312 to 64, and then it's match play after that," said Collier.
This will be Collier's second consecutive year competing in the event. In 2014, he did not advance to match play, but he did gain valuable experience and feels more comfortable this time around.
"Playing it last year was a lot of fun, you see guys that you see on TV, a little awestruck but now heading in I know I've worked hard for this so I deserve to be there," says Collier.
The tournament runs from August 17 - August 23rd.