Seger scorches U.S. Amateur qualifier

From Herald Staff Reports

Between a third-place finish at the state finals in June and “bringing the title back to Jasper,” as he described it, at the Dubois County Men’s Amateur in July, recent Jasper High School graduate Will Seger has had quite the summer.

The best may be yet to come.


Seger fired a first-round 69 followed by a second-round 66 to secure first place at Tuesday’s U.S. Amateur sectional qualifier at the Camargo Club in Cincinnati. With the victory, Seger qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship from Aug. 12 to 18 at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.

The incoming freshman at Indiana University hit 33 of 36 greens in regulation and bogeyed only two holes, both hiccups arriving after playing the first 13 holes of his opening round at 3-under par. Through the second 18 holes, Seger notched four birdies without registering a bogey.

Entering his second round, Seger said he felt a top-three finish was a definite possibility. Once he reached the back stretch, loftier expectations entered his mind.

“The last five or six holes, it was kind of just for me to hold on to it,” Seger said. “I felt that if I finished those at par, I could make it as medalist.”

Seger birdied the par-4 No. 14 and the 521-yard par-5 No. 17 to finish the 36 holes at 5-under par, winning the qualifying tournament by three strokes.

“You don’t expect to go out and shoot those numbers, but you know you can,” said Seger, one of four players from the state of Indiana heading to Brookline. “I know I can’t do it every time —you’re going to have a lot more rounds of 76 than 66 — but when you do, it feels really good.”

Now on to The Country Club, which is one of the U.S. Golf Association’s five original clubs. Founded in 1882, the course hosted the inaugural national amateur championship in 1895.

Despite successes at the state finals and County Am, Seger quickly acknowledges opportunities missed at other summer tournaments. Nonetheless, the prospect of another triumph looms.

“This summer has had its ups and downs, but there have been so many great moments,” Seger said. “It’s definitely one of my better runs but it’s not over, and we’ll see what the U.S. Amateur holds.”

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