Charlotte making a mark in upcoming US Amateur with most golfers in nation
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CHARLOTTE—The US Amateur Championship is set to tee off in a little less than two weeks in Colorado at Cherry Hills Country Club.
Charlotte has a rare distinction of having the most golfers qualified for our nation's championship of any city in the country:
• Stefan Brewer
• John Varol
• Baily Patrick Jr.
• Barry Dyche
• Zack Munroe
• Michael Muscatell
• David Gies II
Anyone who goes to play a round at the golf club at Ballantyne you might come across Gies II. He works outside, but on August 13 he will be teeing it up in the 112th US Amateur Championship in Colorado.
Working at a golf course has certainly helped sharpen his game.
“They treat me well and let me practice as much as I can. It is a pretty good gig. It is a pretty good place to be at,” said Gies.
“I have had more staff out practicing this week and out encouraging David and out playing with him, watching him hit balls. The whole staff is surrounded him and are absolutely ecstatic and excited for him,” said Golf Club at Ballantyne Director of Golf Woody Allen.
Gies played his college golf at the University of North Alabama. This is the fifth time he has tried to qualify for the amateur. Now he has a chance to win the exact same tournament Tiger Woods did three times in a row in the 1990's.
“Obviously I look up to Tiger. He is the best player of all time in my opinion so I always like to see what he can do and learn from him. You got to learn from the best,” said Geis.
While he practices at Ballantyne, Geis continues to focus on solid putting; the one area he feels he can continue to improve upon. There's no question he can strike the ball well and it impresses his boss for sure.
“For him to be 23-years-old, going out to be one of 312 in America is really a big deal. It does not surprise me, to be hones with you. He has game, he has talent. What differentiates him from other players is his strategic ability to get around and manage the golf course. He thinks his way through and he has the talent. I would not be surprised if he goes out there, does great things and even wins it,” said Allen.
The US Amateur will take place at Cherry Hills Country Club August 13—19.