By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA – Chase Koepka put together an incredible debut season for the Bulls and hasn’t slowed down one bit this summer on courses around the country.
The 2013 Big East Men’s Golf Player and Freshman of the Year has qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship after turning in a second place finish Tuesday at a qualifying event at PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens. The U.S. Amateur takes place Aug. 12-18 at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.
“It’s a great feeling knowing that I finally made it through USGA qualifiers and I’m really excited to go up to play at Brookline,” Koepka said Wednesday. “It’s been a great summer for me and I keep improving.”
Koepka gained a reputation for his tireless work ethic during USF’s Big East championship season and he’s continued to go the extra mile this offseason. The West Palm Beach native tied for 27th at the U.S. Open qualifier before finishing third at The Players Amateur in Hilton Head, S.C., on Sunday afternoon.
Koepka jumped into his car after the tournament and drove all the way back home Sunday night, which gave him just enough time to get some sleep and head to PGA National on Monday morning for the first round of U.S. Amateur qualifying.
“I had to go wash all my clothes because I was gone for the week. Then I woke up at 8 o’clock to go head out to the tees to warm up,” he said. “It was tough but when you’re in golf this long you know you’re going to have some challenges. I was just glad to get off to a good start in the morning.”
The summer golf grind is far from finished for Koepka, who leaves Sunday for Niagara Falls to compete in the 55th annual Porter Cup that takes place July 23-27.
“I want to keep testing myself,” he said. “I’m playing against some unbelievable competition in these big events and it’s really helping me step up my game to see where I’m at.”