OLYMPIA FIELDS, Illinois – Located just a few miles outside of the “Windy City”, the Olympia Fields Country Club will play host to the biggest tournament of Lipscomb junior golfer Stoney Crouch’s career this week as he competes in the 115th U.S. Amateur Championship.
The Mount Juliet, Tennessee native will take on the top 312 amateur golfers in the world that qualified via either a top-50 World Amateur Golf Ranking or though play in 36-hole sectional qualifiers at 97 sites around the country.
“I’ll definitely have some mixed emotions, excitement and nerves when I step onto the first tee on Monday,” said Crouch. “I thank God every day for my ability and the people he has placed in my path to get me to this point.
“I have great respect for this tournament and just how big it is. I just hope I can have a good week. The courses here at Olympia Fields are in perfect condition and probably the best two courses I’ve ever played.”
Crouch qualified for this week’s heralded event last month at the Quicksilver Golf Club just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He finished the event in second place with a 141 (68-73) to earn the coveted spot in the U.S. Amateur.
“Once I realized I had made it in to the tournament I was on cloud nine,” said Crouch. “I literally just wanted to go outside and jump around. I couldn't believe I was going to be playing in the biggest tournament in amateur golf.”
Lipscomb Director of Golf Will Brewer has been impressed with Crouch’s rise in 2015 and feels this event will be a stepping stone for him.
“For Stoney to do what he has done is a pretty phenomenal feat,” said Brewer. “He’s very motivated. We talked after he qualified and he was very focused at that event after he just missed a chance to qualify last year. It’s a big deal for our program and for Stoney.
“He’s worked really hard and improved since he’s been here. I think he has a really good chance to do well. He’s continuing to get better and better and keeps working.”
Crouch is set to tee off on Monday at 12:10 p.m. on the South Course for the first of two rounds of 18 holes. The tournament continues with stroke play on Tuesday before the field is trimmed. The top 64 players advance to match play on Wednesday with the tournament continuing throughout the week as players advance.
Live scoring will be available on the USGA website at: http://www.usga.org/championships/2015/u-s--amateur/scoring.html