Andy Ogletree, a native of Union who won the 2019 U.S. Amateur Golf Championship, was honored Saturday afternoon at Northwood Country Club.
Ogletree is a senior at Georgia Tech but made the trip from Atlanta to Mississippi for a weekend of festivities. On Friday night, he was honored at his high school alma mater of Union at their Friday night football game. Saturday afternoon, a celebration was held for him at Northwood Country Club in Meridian, which is the same club he began golfing at when he was four.
“It’s so great to be back,” Ogletree said. “Northwood will always be home and I look forward to coming back forever.”
Friends and family where in attendance to celebrate Ogletree and his accomplishments over the past few months. Along with winning the U.S. Amateur, Ogletree also represented Team USA at the 2019 Walker Cup. Ogletree and his teammates won the Walker Cup for the second straight time and the first time overseas since 2007.
“That was my first time being out of the country so I had to get a passport,” Ogletree said laughing. “I had to get it expedited which was a brutal process. USGA was freaking out I wouldn’t get it in time but it all worked out.”
John Augustine, who Ogletree defeated to win the U.S. Amateur, ironically were teammates on Team USA during the Walker Cup. They were even paired up together during foursome play.
“There were some running jokes with the team about us both competing against each other and then being teammates,” Ogletree said. “We’re goof friends though. He’s a great competitor and great player so I obviously really wanted to play with him.”
After Ogletree gave his own speech at the ceremony, he took pictures and signed autographs for those in attendance. Ogletree also brought his U.S. Amateur trophy along with him for people to observe and take photos with.
After graduating from college, Ogletree plans to go professional and work towards getting his PGA Tour card.
With his U.S. Amateur victory, Ogletree gets to play in next year’s Masters, U.S. Open and British Open. But he won’t be playing the first two rounds solo.
“I’m playing with Tiger and Rory the first two rounds so I have to figure out what I’m going to say to them,” Ogletree said. “I mean as a kid you dream about playing in the Masters and now that it’s real…I don’t know what to think.”