PINEHURST, N.C. Andy Ogletree graduated from Union High School in 2015. He competed on the school's varsity golf team for six years, racking up a laundry list of achievements. He won class AA state medalist honors five times and the 2016 title by 16 strokes.
Ogletree also earned all-state honors six times from 2011-16. In 2016, he was named the state player of the year in 2016 after leading Union to a 2016 state team championship.
Now 21 years old and heading into his senior year at Georgia Tech, Ogletree is 36 holes away from possibly being called a U.S. amateur golf champion.
In Saturday's semifinal, Ogletree defeated 17-year-old Cohen Trolio 3 and 1 in match play. Ogletree won the first hole and never trailed after that. He won the 16th with a par to Trolio's double bogey and wrapped it up with a birdie — his second of the day — on the par-3 17th.
Ogletree will face John Augenstein, a senior at Vanderbilt, for the opportunity to be crowned champion of the biggest amateur tournament in the world.
Sunday's final will consists of 36 holes with play beginning at 8 a.m. The morning round will stream live on usamateur.com from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The afternoon round will start at 1:30 p.m. and be televised on FOX from 3:30-6:30 p.m.
No previous U.S. Amateur champion has come from Mississippi and Ogletree is the first U.S. Amateur finalist from Georgia Tech since Matt Kuchar in 1997.