Joe Migdal’s swan song to amateur golf finds in him playing in the nation’s top event. Migdal will be playing in the U.S. Amateur set for Aug. 11-17 at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
A De Smet Jesuit and University of Central Missouri graduate, Migdal earned his way into the nation’s top amateur tournament with a first-place finish in the 36-hole qualifier at the Jefferson City Country Club. The Ballwin native fired back-to-back 69s for a 4-under par 138 to grab a spot in the U.S. Amateur for the first time.
“I was just real happy I did that,” Migdal said. “To play those 36-hole days, you have to stay focused. It’s a grind the entire day. I was happy to stay focused and stay patient. I had never put two rounds under par like that. I’m pretty happy.”
The U.S. Amateur will be his first USGA event and it also will be his farewell to amateur golf. Migdal, 23, said he is going pro.
“This summer has been going good for me,” Migdal said. “After the U.S. Am, I’m turning professional. I will be playing in Q school in September in Nebraska where the first stage is.
“I’ll play in a couple of state opens like the Missouri Open, the Nebraska Open and the Oklahoma Open. I’m really excited about the next step in my life.”
He won’t be doing it alone either.
Garrett Sneed, who just graduated from McKendree University, turned professional in the recent Metropolitan Open at the Country Club of St. Albans. Sneed is a Marquette graduate.
“One of my best friends Garrett Sneed just turned professional and we’re going to travel together this fall,” Migdal said. “But I first wanted to do a U.S. Am and give that a shot.”