FORT MILL — Former Fort Mill High and current Winthrop University golfer Nick Eberhardt will try to earn an invitation to next year’s Masters golf tournament.
Eberhardt qualified for the 89th U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship last month at The Frog Golf Club in Villa Rica, Ga. He shot a seven under during the 36-hole qualifier with rounds of 68 and 69.
The U.S. Amateur Public Links will take place at Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, Kan., this week. The tournament is open to amateur golfers who aren’t members of a private club. This event is the fourth-oldest USGA Championship, which started in 1922.
“It is basically the national championship for people who play on public courses,” he said.
A rising junior at Winthrop, Eberhardt will play two rounds of stroke play for 36 holes. The top 64 finishers will go to a match play format. The winner of the tournament gets an invite to play in the Masters in Augusta, Ga., next year.
“I am really confident,” Eberhardt said.
Eberhardt said playing collegiate golf has helped him prepare for a tournament like this one.
“I get to travel and play with a lot of players from other states,” he said.
Eberhardt is a business major at Winthrop. He finished tied for ninth this past season, his best finish in college at the Pinetree Intercollegiate. He also shot a low of 67 at the Golfweek Conference Challenge. He averaged a round of 75 while playing in college.