FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – David Erdy has come a long way in a year, a path that has led him to this year’s U.S. Open. He can serve as an inspiration to any junior player that has trouble cracking into national events.
Last year, Erdy had to receive a “local exemption” into the AJGA’s flagship event, the Rolex Tournament of Champions. Such spots are reserved for promising local players who don’t otherwise qualify for the event. Last year’s Rolex was at Victoria National in Newburgh, Ind., about 20 miles from Erdy’s hometown of Boonville, Ind.
Erdy shot 79-80 in the Rolex to miss the cut by four shots. Erdy, who just completed his freshman season at Indiana, was No. 289 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.