(Aug. 8, 2014) A former Stephen Decatur High School golf star has earned a spot in the U.S. Amateur Championship next week in Johns Creek, Ga.
Kyle Gebhart, 23, is one of 312 players worldwide to qualify in the top annual golf tournament. He earned his spot at the Country Club of Woodmore in Prince George’s County last week, where he shot a 69 and a 71 for a 140 over two rounds.
“Each qualifier’s a little different. It depends on how many people sign up for the event. This was one of the larger tournaments,” said Gebhart, who was among the top four at the Prince George’s tournament to earn his spot at the U.S. Amateur.
Gebhart had a standout career on the Stephen Decatur High School golf team, where he earned MVP and first team state. The recent Salisbury University graduate has earned honors more recently including second place in the Delaware Amateur Championship, fifth place in the Delaware Open Championship and entering the Maryland Amateur Championship in the No. 1 seed.
Without a golf team at SU, he has relied on the Ocean City Golf Club to keep him in practice, Gebhart said. “Without the club’s support, I wouldn’t be able to do any of this.”
The U.S. Amateur runs Aug. 11-17 at the Atlantic Athletic Club’s Highlands Course in Johns Creek, Ga. Golfers will compete in two rounds of stroke play during the first two days of the match, narrowing the field to 64 finalists. They will then compete in a 36-hole match.
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