Playing in his second U.S. Amateur, Andrews can add Monday’s
bogey-free effort to the 63 he shot during stroke-play qualifying at another
companion course, Charles River Country Club, in 2013. That memorable round
allowed him to advance to match play, where he fell in the Round of 64.
Despite playing collegiate golf nearby after growing up in Raleigh, N.C., Andrews had only
played at Atlanta Athletic Club a few times prior to joining. Determined not to
repeat his quick match-play exit of 2013, he has certainly taken advantage of
the unique opportunity he had to prepare for this year’s Amateur.
“A couple of weekends ago I decided to come out here and
play as much as I possibly could; I was playing 27 or 36 holes a day, just to
get a feel for the tee lines and spots on the green,” said Andrews, who estimated
that he had played Riverside three times and Highlands on 10 occasions. “The
idea was in prepping for this, I knew I would be playing Riverside once, and
hopefully Highlands many more times.”
Andrews is one of four members of the 2013-14 Yellow Jackets
squad who are in the field this week, joining Seth Reeves, Jacob Joiner and
world No. 1 Ollie Schniederjans, while a fifth teammate, Anders Albertson, is
serving as Andrews’ caddie.
With his collegiate career now complete, Andrews is weighing
options that include attending graduate school or pursuing professional golf.
One thing that is certain is his affinity for his new home club.
“I wanted somewhere great to play and this provided that,
and that the U.S. Amateur is here was just icing on the cake,” he said. “Ollie
and I were saying they should just have the U.S. Amateur here every year
because it’s just that that good. To have a huge facility with a huge practice
range, it’s perfect for the U.S. Amateur and what it needs. To be able to fit
312 players on the same piece of property, it really doesn’t get more
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