Andy Ogletree has been the talk of the town and the golf world over the past several weeks.  The 21 year old standout came home recently to Union, MS for a weekend visit. I asked Andy some questions about his sports adventure, so that we could get a glimpse into the amazing sports odyssey he has experienced.   How did your love of golf begin and who introduced you to the game?” I was introduced to the game at three years old by my Dad.” “I putted and made everything , that is when my love of golf started.”  “I really began to enjoy golf at the age of five, and played in the World Championships at the age of six.”

If we have young readers that are interested in golf as a vocation, what advice could you give them? “Start out putting and then work your way back.” Putting has great results and it is easy to start with this skill. Next, go to chipping, then pitch shots, wedges, and driver last.” While attending Union High School, Andy was very instrumental in leading the golf team to a championship in 2016.  He also was the winner of the individual state championship that same year and won by a margin of 16 strokes.  Andy reached the quarter-finals of the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2015 and qualified for the first time for the U.S. Amateur in that same year.

Could you describe for our readers how it felt to represent your country in the Walker Cup? “The Walker Cup is the biggest honor an amateur can have in representing their country and to play a part of winning on European soil was a special moment for me, my family and my teammates.” Lastly, how did growing up in Union contribute to your recent success and who has been the most influential person in your life to this point?” Union gave me an education that provided me an opportunity to go to Georgia Tech. I was academically and athletically prepared, which made the transition very manageable. My coach growing up was Jimmy Gamblin and my college coach is Bruce Heppler. Both of these guys have helped me so much over the years and have influenced me in a positive way both on and off the course.”

Andy joined a threesome of Georgia Tech legends, Bobby Jones and Matt Kuchar by winning this year’s U.S Amateur Championship. By winning the U.S. Amateur Ogletree will participate in this year’s Masters and U.S Open. Ogletree will play a round of golf at Augusta with defending Masters Champion and golfing legend, Tiger Woods. Andy also became the first player from the state of Mississippi to win the event and hoist the Havemeyer Trophy. It has been a great story for Andy so far, but the story is just beginning for this Union native.