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U.S. Amateur champion reveals big plans for 2021

Tyler Strafaci
Tyler Strafaci

Tyler Strafaci will skip Georgia Tech's spring season to play PGA Tour events in buildup to Walker Cup, Golf Channel reports

Tyler Strafaci, the reigning U.S. Amateur champion, will skip his final semester of eligibility at Georgia Tech, according to a report by Golf Channel’s Brentley Romine, though not to turn professional. At least not right away.

Strafaci, 22, of Davie, Fla., nonetheless will have a busy first half of the year, according to the report. As winner of the Havemeyer Trophy in August at Bandon Dunes, Strafaci has a number of perks waiting for him. Foremost among them, he has accepted spots in the Masters and U.S. Open, and he also is exempt into five other PGA Tour events: Genesis Invitational, Arnold Palmer Invitational, RBC Heritage, Charles Schwab Challenge and Memorial Tournament.

Strafaci (pronounced struh-FAH-chee) will be part of the U.S. Walker Cup team for the biennial matches on May 8-9 at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, not far from his home in southeast Florida.

With that many events already on his schedule, Strafaci, a fifth-year senior who earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration in the fall, said of his future: “This is what I’ve dreamt of doing as a kid, having these opportunities.”

He is expected to turn professional sometime after the Walker Cup and can accept up to seven more sponsor exemptions in an effort to play his way onto the PGA Tour.

Strafaci’s grandfather, the late Frank Strafaci Sr., also was a former USGA champion, having won the 1935 U.S. Amateur Public Links title in addition to back-to-back North & South Amateur titles, in 1938 and 1939. Strafaci’s father, Frank Jr., and mother, the former Jill Repulski, played college golf at Florida in the late 1970s.

Young Strafaci called his pending Walker Cup berth “a pretty validating experience for the Strafaci family.”

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