Derby Punches Ticket To U.S. Amateur
CHARLESTON, S.C. – For the fifth-consecutive year a College of Charleston men’s golfer has punched his ticket to play in the oldest national championship in the United States.
Rising senior Parker Derby (Columbus, Ga.) qualified for his first-ever U.S. Amateur Championship on Thursday. This year’s 116th edition of the tournament will be held on Aug. 15-21 at the Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township, Mich. Historically, the U.S. Am has played host to past champions in all-time greats Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
A 2016 All-Colonial Athletic Association Second Team selection and arts management major at The College, Derby fired rounds of 69 and 71 to place second at the U.S. Amateur qualifier held at Oldfield Golf Club just outside of Hilton Head Island, S.C. He shot 4-under par and was runner-up to current University of Texas men’s golfer Taylor Funk, who is the son of former PGA Tour champion Fred Funk.
“We are really excited to have our program represented at the U.S. Amateur Championship for the fifth year in a row,” CofC Head Coach Mark McEntire said. “Coming into college, Parker Derby was one of the best players in the country, so it is nice to see him regain that form heading into his senior year. We expecting big things out of him this season, and, I hope this gives him the boost to a senior year that we know he is capable of having.”
Derby follows a long line of CofC golfers to make the trek to the U.S. Am including Bruce McDonald (2003), John Duke Hudson (2010 and 2013), Zach Munroe (2012 and 2014), Alex Ellis (2012, 2013 and 2014), William Rainey (2015) and Josh Lorenzetti (2015).
The winner of the coveted amateur title will be invited to play in all of the professional majors except the PGA Championship. Additionally, the runner-up also receives an invitation to play in The Masters and the U.S. Open.