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Rising senior Adam Ball will compete among a field of 312 hopefuls at the U.S. Amateur Championship Aug. 17-23.

Rising senior Adam Ball will compete among a field of 312 hopefuls at the U.S. Amateur Championship Aug. 17-23.

RICHMOND, Va. – The U.S. Amateur Championship is the country’s oldest championship and one of its most prestigious. VCU rising senior Adam Ball (Richmond, Va.) is set to play in his fourth U.S. Amateur, but the feeling of competing in the revered event has not faded with time.

“Cannot wait. You have no idea. I can’t wait,” Ball said. “It’s my last one, too, so it’s pretty important to me. I’ve been working pretty hard for it. I’m excited.”

On Monday, Aug. 17, Ball will tee off at 1:20 p.m. at Olympia Fields Country Club outside of Chicago. He will be one of 312 golfers vying for the title of “U.S. Amateur Champion”.

Ball and his competitors will play 18 holes each on Monday and Tuesday. The top 64 scorers will advance to the match play bracket and eventually winnow to a sole champion on Aug. 23.

In 2013, Ball reached the quarterfinal round before he fell to eventual champion Matt Fitzpatrick.

“It was a magical week,” Ball said. “I got there, and the golf course really fit my eye and my swing while I was there, and my putter got hot for a couple of days. The next thing I knew I was in the quarterfinals and playing the eventual champion, and it was a really cool week. It was a neat experience to play on national television, to get that first one under my belt.”

It’s a grueling format, complete with a distraction few college golfers face, network TV coverage (Fox Sports 1 and Fox will broadcast match play). But Ball says he enjoys the challenge.

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