Augusta, Ga. (WJBF) — Just after qualifying for the U.S. Amateur on Tuesday, Augusta University rising senior Jake Marriott sent a picture of his medal to Jags men’s golf coach Jack O’Keefe.
Before the local U.S. Amateur qualifier outside of St. Louis, Marriott and O’Keefe made a deal that he’d caddy for Marriott, if he qualified for the tournament.
“That was really exciting just to add on to the excitement of playing in another USGA event,” Marriott said, referring to having O’Keefe as a caddy in next month’s U.S. Am. “I always like having him walk with me during the school year so any opportunity I can have for him to caddy for me, it’s exciting.”
Marriott said this will be his second USGA event but first time playing in the U.S. Amateur.
O’Keefe isn’t just familiar with Marriott but the site of the 116th U.S. Amateur as well. He played in the 1996 U.S. Open at Oakland Hills Country Club (Bloomfield Hills, MI).
“He played in the U.S. Open at the same golf course at Oakland Hills when he played as a professional, so he’s had some experience at this golf course and in USGA events,” Marriott said.
Marriott plans to practice at home in Springfield, IL and play in the Canadian Amateur the week before the U.S. Amateur.
Two others Jags, Emmanuel Kountakis and Broc Everett will try to qualify for the U.S. Amateur next week. The U.S. Am is set for August 15-21.