STARKVILLE, Miss. - For the second-consecutive year, a Mississippi State golfer will tee off at the prestigious U.S. Amateur Championship.
Okolona, Miss., native Barrett Edens qualified for the 116th championship, to be played Aug. 13 at Cherry Hills Country Club in Colorado, after shooting a 4-under par 140 to tie LSU's Stewart Jolly for first place in a qualifying event at Old Waverly Golf Club.
"Having the opportunity to play in our nation's national championship is a big deal," Mississippi State coach Clay Homan said. "It's an experience that Barrett will always cherish, and I know he will represent MSU well."
The summer has already been a busy one for the Edens and his fellow Bulldogs. The sophomore played in last week's Southern Amateur Championship along with Homan and teammate Chad Ramey.
Ramey also competed in this week's qualifier in West Point. The Fulton, Miss., native claimed an alternate's spot for the Championship after tying for third with a 3-under par 141.
This year's U.S. Amateur Championship runs Aug. 13-19, continuing the tradition as the oldest golf championship in the country.
Homan's Mississippi State linksters begin the 2012-13 season at the Sept. 10-11 Sam Hall Intercollegiate in Hattiesburg. Edens and Ramey return to Old Waverly Apr. 8-9 as the Bulldogs host the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship, the program's inaugural home tournament.