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Ex-Milton star stays home for latest U.S. Amateur shot
by Greg Oshust
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Special / Vanderbilt University / Former Milton standout and current Vanderbilt rising junior Zack Jaworski will be on his home turf when he plays in the U.S. Amateur Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek Aug. 7 through 11.
Special / Vanderbilt University / Former Milton standout and current Vanderbilt rising junior Zack Jaworski will be on his home turf when he plays in the U.S. Amateur Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek Aug. 7 through 11.
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Former Milton standout golfer Zack Jaworski will get another shot at the U.S. Amateur Championship after barely missing the cut in his first appearance two years ago in Denver.

Even better, the 20-year old Vanderbilt rising junior will get to play the prestigious event in his own back yard as one of the 312 qualifiers who will participate in this year’s edition at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Aug. 7 through 11.

The tournament begins with two rounds of stroke-play qualifying Aug. 11 and 12, from which 64 will earn spots in the match play portion of the event.

Jaworski said he is excited to get another chance to play in the U.S. Amateur, especially on his home turf.

“It’s definitely very exciting,” Jaworski said. “It’s really cool having it here. I have a lot of family in the area, so I know they’re all really excited and they’re all going to be there to watch. It definitely means a lot to them and it means a lot to me to have them out there.”

Jaworski earned his latest U.S. Amateur berth after finishing tied for fourth with a six-under-par 136 – shooting a 68 in both rounds -- to claim one of the five spots at a qualifying tournament at Piedmont Driving Club in Atlanta.

Jaworski’s performance at the qualifier was a major improvement from his showing at the Dogwood Invitational at Druid Hills Country Club in Atlanta, where he finished a disappointing 43rd.

“The end of [the school year at Vanderbilt] and the early part of summer was a little rough for golf,” Jaworksi said. “I made some swing changes and the summer wasn’t what I was hoping for up to [the U.S. Amateur qualifying]. When I reached the qualifier, I kind of got my swing back and hit it well. I started to hit the ball well and I knew that I was going to play well.”

Jaworski began his golf career at Milton, where he helped lead the Eagles to the Class AAAAA state championship as a senior in 2012 and to a state runner-up finish in 2011. He has continued his career on the college level at Vanderbilt, where posted a stroke average of 73.95 while playing seven events and 20 rounds as a sophomore last season.

In addition to qualifying for the U.S. Amateur in 2012, Jaworski also finished third in the Atlanta Junior Golf Association tournament in 2011, tied for 10th at the 2013 Dogwood Invitational and placed 13th at the Players Amateur in Hilton Head, S.C. last summer.

“Last summer was a really good summer,” Jaworski said. “It kind of got me into the position that I am in this summer, competing in some really big events. It put me on the map and got me into some really big tournaments.”

Now, Jaworski is focused on making an even bigger impact in his second U.S. Amateur.

“I definitely feel really good,” Jaworski said. “My ball striking has come around, so all the components of my game are back where they need to be. I have a small tournament coming up in Chattanooga [which started Monday and finishes today] and it will give me one more test to see where my game is at. If anything else needs to be touched up, I definitely will try to do that. But, I am in a really good spot right now. Everything is coming together.”



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