Derby Set To Compete at U.S. Amateur
CHARLESTON, S.C. – College of Charleston rising senior Parker Derby (Columbus, Ga.) will compete in his first-ever U.S. Amateur Championship on Aug. 15-21 at the Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township, Mich.
The Cougars have now had a U.S. Amateur qualifier in each of the last five years. Derby, who transferred from the University of Georgia last fall, helped lead the team to its third-straight CAA Championship title and NCAA Regional berth this past spring.
“It's really exciting to be playing in the Holy Grail of Amateur golf,” Derby said. “I am very enthused to have the opportunity to play this event and represent the College of Charleston at the same time. This tournament can change your life forever.”
Historically, the U.S. Am has played host to past champions in all-time greats Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. The winner of the coveted amateur title is also 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.
“I am excited that we continue to have representation for the fifth year in a row at the best amateur tournament in the world,” CofC Head Coach Mark McEntire said. “It is time for a Cougar to make match play and I hope that Parker starts that tradition for us.”
The Cougars have been represented at the U.S. Amateur in the past by 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). Munroe reached the Round of 16 in 2012 at Cherry Hills Country Club.
“I am excited that Coach (McEntire) is going as well and he will be caddying for me,” Derby said. “He knows my game better than anyone, so it's a big help to have him out there for the week. I hope we can make it all the way the finals. But, first we have to advance to match play, where anything can happen.”
Live tournament scoring will be available at: www.usga.org