County Road 11: Union abuzz for Andy Ogletree
The town of Union is buzzing after Andy Ogletree's victory at the U.S. Amateur Golf Championship. It's featured on County Road 11.
Ogletree made history last week by becoming the first player from Mississippi to claim the U.S. Amateur Championship. The current Georgia Tech senior claimed the title with a grueling 35-hole victory John Augenstein of Vanderbilt at the famed Pinehurst Course in North Carolina.
Since Sunday's victory, the Union community has been buzzing; from the high school where some of Andy's golf trophies are displayed, to the Piggly Wiggly where Andy's father, Jim, is the owner and manager.
"The town has been abuzz. It's just something where everybody that walks in the store. Almost all of them congratulate him," said Jim Ogletree. "It's quite amazing."
"Everybody that comes in the store, the whole time he was playing everybody was saying they hope he does good, which he did," said store employee Earl Davis.
"They're a major part of our community. Jim's always been a huge supporter of our school and our community and our football team and everything here in Union," said Brad Breland, the athletic director at Union High School. "The whole community is proud of Andy, and especially the Ogletree family too."
Winning the U.S. Amateur will be a life changing event for Andy. He will head to England in two weeks as part of the 10-man United States team that will face off against the best amateurs from Europe. He also has earned invitations to three of next year's major tournaments: the Open Championship, U.S. Open, and the Masters.
It also puts him a lot closer to turning pro and earning a lot of money. Despite all of that, those that know Andy say the fame won't go to his head.
"He never changes," said Davis. "He stays the same, and I believe this was just another stepping stone for him to prove himself. I think he did a good job."
"Union has always supported people well from here, and it's always been a good community for that," said Jim Ogletree.
Andy was the first player from Mississippi to capture the U.S. Amateur title. He joins Matt Kuchar and the legendary Bobby Jones as former Georgia Tech players to win it.
He will represent the U.S. in the Walker Cup in two weeks.