PEORIA, Ill. — Washington’s Drew Pershing will watch this week’s U.S. Open a little differently than the rest of us.
“I’m sure I will watch it differently. It’s such a cool stage with it that short at being that difficult,“ Pershing said. “It played plenty hard for me.
Last summer, he qualified for the U.S. Amateur championship played at Pebble Beach, the site of the 2019 U.S. Open.
“That was the coolest place I have ever been by a lot,“ Pershing said. “Getting to do that was special.“
And that’s not the only cool thing Pershing has done on a golf course in the past year. In May, he led Illinois Wesleyan to the Division III national championship.
“The national championship was the goal since (enrolling) there. To finally pull it off by such a narrow margin,“ Pershing recalled. “Winning it was a dream come true. That’s what I hoped for four years.“
Now the Wesleyan grad is ready for the next chapter in his golf life. He’s working towards being a teaching pro and he’ll start the process at Glen Echo Country Club in St. Louis this summer.
“Being able to continue to play means a lot to me,“ said Pershing. “I enjoy the game and can’t wait to teach it to other people.“