Panama City Beach, FL-- We start on the links and some thoughts from one of two area players looking ahead to playing in the oldest amateur tournament in the country, the U.S. Amateur Championship.
I'm talking about Zach Primavera who won medalist honors last week at a tournament in Pensacola.
The 2008 Mosley graduate shooting ten under par in the 36 hole qualifier at the Pensacola Country Club. We caught up with Zach Monday as he worked out at the Hombre Golf Club and talked about his Amateur Championship berth.
"It means a lot, I just got goose bumps talking about it. It's older than the U.S. Open. It's our country's Amateur championship you could say. If you don't make it like I did the last two years, you kind of feel left out. You see those guys playing on tv and I've played with them before. And I want to be there. And now I'm finally there and this is my last amateur event, I wouldn't want to end it any other way."
Zach talking about that being his final amateur event. That's because he's left Ole Miss, and in the Fall intends to take a shot at qualifying for the Nationwide or PGA tour. Before that though, he'll attempt to make a name for himself on the national stage at Erin Hills Country Club just outside Milwaukee Wisconsin.
"It's nothing like I've ever played before, which will be exciting. It's very long, there are no trees, there's a lot of fescue, no water. It's just long, and it's windy and rainy it's gonna be a lot of fun. With it being a links golf course, like I said it's something different which I'll probably have to learn a new few things when I get there but I'm just excited."
Zach and Lynn Haven resident Richard Maddox, who was second at last week's qualifier, will compete in the U.S. Amateur August 22nd through the 28th. Primavera will tune up for that this week by playing in the Florida Amateur Match play event in central Florida.