GOLDEN TICKET: Jordie Garner with his hard-earned invitation to the 2019 American Amateur Championship.
It may not be Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, but for Jordie Garner, the Jordan of the Central Coast, it might as well be after qualifying for his first American Amateur Championships & # 39; night.
The buzzbox of the central coast was like the proverbial child in a candy store after shooting rounds of 67 and 72 at Colleton River in South Carolina to book his place at Pinehurst for the 119th edition of the famous championship that took place on August 12 of start goes. ]
But it wasn't all smooth sailing for the 19-year-old, who led by two after the first round. Nerves played their part and Garner had to endure a restless night between two rounds.
"I'm pretty excited," he said after the round with the official invitation in his hand.
Garner was in incredible shape on the first day and photographed the low round in the field with 130 players.
"I was serious as Tiger in the first round. I literally punched everything every time there was a wedge in my hand.
"I gave myself a lot within 10 feet and left about four," he beamed.
BOOKED IN: Jordie Garner shows off the leaderboard with his two round score to qualify for the 2019 American Amateur Championship.
The second round was a completely different matter, and Garner fought against the expectation of what awaited him
A slow start quickly turned into a bad start, with three bogeys in his first seven holes.
"Yesterday was like a video game and then I didn't go to sleep today. I didn't sleep.
"I was so nervous that I hit cold tops.
"I just knew I had to go there and still play well, and I managed to fight so hard to come back."
And he fights back, he did. Garner finally settled down and clawed his way back to equality for the day, good enough to finish third and secure the second-last place available.
"I told myself I'm not going to end up like that, but then it turned into a mental fight and I found it hard to take advantage of the five fives."
"I really feel that I have earned this invitation with the kickback," he said with a grin.
Nathan Barbieri, who qualified for last year's American Amateur, was also in the field on Colleton River. Unfortunately for the NSW state team representative, his two-under-par was just good enough to get an alternative place, and he will rely on an unlikely retreat to take his place in the field.