It’s the title won by Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.
This week at Olympia Fields Country Club outside Chicago, three golfers with LSU ties will try to add their name to the U.S. Amateur trophy.
LSU golfer Eric Ricard, incoming freshman Sam Burns and 2017 commitment Philip Barbaree tee off Monday to begin the stroke play part of the championship. Another round of stroke play Tuesday sets the field of 64 for match play, which runs through Sunday.
Burns and Barbaree are both rated as the world’s No. 1 junior player in two different rankings. Burns, who was the No. 4-ranked amateur in the world earlier this year regardless of age, is No. 1 according to the AJGA, while Barbaree is No. 1 according to Junior Golf Scoreboard.
Burns, who like Barbaree and Ricard is from Shreveport, reached the round of 32 in match play in last year’s U.S. Amateur at Atlanta Athletic Club, the site of former LSU star David Toms’ victory in the 2001 PGA Championship.
Barbaree won the U.S. Junior Amateur earlier this year in Bluffton, South Carolina. A 2017 graduate, Barbaree won the LHSAA Division I state title for Byrd High School this year as well.
Ricard heads into his junior season at LSU after playing a key role in helping the Tigers capture their first NCAA team championship since 1955 and first Southeastern Conference title since 1987.
The only one to play in all 12 of LSU’s tournaments last season, Ricard went 2-0-1 in the match play portion of the NCAA Championships as the Tigers won their fifth title overall. Like Barbaree, Ricard reached the U.S. Amateur through qualifying last month at Carter Plantation in Springfield, earning the only two available spots.
The winner of the U.S. Amateur receives no prize money, but does earn invitations to the 2016 Masters, U.S. Open and British Open.
Match play will be shown on Fox Sports 1 Wednesday through Friday before the championship switches to Fox on Saturday and Sunday for the semifinals and finals.