Sam Houston State golfer William Holcomb will be competing in the 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship this week for the second year in a row after a strong spring performance that helped the Bearkats advance to the NCAA Austin Regional.
Holcomb, who was selected both to the All-Southland Conference first team and named the league’s Student-Athlete of the Year for consecutive years, will be playing with more than 300 of the best amateurs in the world at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in North Carolina beginning Monday. He is set to tee off at 8:10 a.m. with fellow Americans Jack Gnam and Cody Carroll on the first hole of course No. 2.
“This is the biggest amateur event in the country, and they award the winner an invite to the Masters, so I’m very proud of him that he is representing the Bearkats this week for the second straight year,” Bearkats head coach Brandt Kieschnick said. “He’s been working hard on his game all summer, and he is ready to compete this week. Another good thing is he played the North and South Amateur this summer at Pinehurst so he has already seen the golf course.”
Holcomb played a significant role in guiding Sam Houston State to back-to-back Southland Conference championships and NCAA regional appearances this past spring. The senior from Crockett, who led the Bearkats with a 71.74 scoring average, had three top-five finishes this spring.
He tied for second at The All American, third at the Bearkat Invitational and fifth at the Border Olympics, as well as a seventh-place tie at the Bayou City Collegiate Invitational and two top-20 finishes the Southland Conference Tournament and the Louisiana Classics. Holcomb finished in a tie for 38th at the NCAA Austin Regional.
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