Player Profile: Brett Williams
09 Mar 2012
by Benjamin Larsen of amateurgolf.com
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Amateurgolf.com member Brett Williams recently won the Pine Needles Invitational
with partner and good friend Brandon Lacroix. The victory was added to an already-impressive amateur resume for the former Ohio State Buckeyes golfer, who now resides in Baltimore.
We caught with the 31-year-old Williams following the victory:
When did you start playing golf?
I started playing golf around 5 or 6. My mom used to drop me off at our little club in southern Ohio with my golf clubs, fishing pole and my swim trunks. I would get full day of activity in with my buddies.
What has been your goal in remaining a competitive amateur?
The goal is to play golf at a high level and not have the worry that if you miss a five foot putt that you may not be able to buy dinner or be limited to the value menu at Taco Bell.
If you could win one amateur event, what would it be and why?
It would have to be the U.S. Mid-Am
. The win usually garners a invite to the Masters and that is the one tournament I think every kid dreams of making the five-footer to win on the putting green while growing up.
You went to Ohio State. Why did you choose the Buckeyes and what was your college golf experience like?
Being from Columbus originally, that is the place you want to go. They have a great tradition in all athletics. It is one of the best places to be in the fall during football season. I also met and still remain close friends with many of my teammates.
What does your tournament resume look like? Any key wins or top finishes?
There are not as many wins as I would like to have, but I felt that I have played pretty solid over the last couple years. This past year I lost in theMaryland State Amateur finals
and advanced to the Round of 32 at the USGA Mid AM
. Also have been fortunate to be paired with some good players in Four Ball events like recently at Pine Needles
with Brandon Lacroix where we won and with Nick Biesecker at the The International
where we finished 3rd last month.
Which events are you a lock to play each summer? Which tournaments are the ones you make sure not to miss?
At my age it is hard to build a consistent schedule due to weddings. But I have always liked playing the Monroe Invitational
, Pine Needles Invitational and The Baltusrol Invitational
Who can we compare your game to on tour?
My good buddy Biesecker claims that my game is similar to Robert Rock's. I don't know much about him. In my mind it's Retief Goosen.