Two Auburn Golfers Head to Augusta National
JOVAN REBULA QUALIFIES TO PLAY AS AN AMATEUR IN THE MASTERS TOURNAMENT, KALEIGH TELFER QUALIFIES TO PLAY IN THE AUGUSTA NATIONAL WOMEN’S AMATEUR
Sophomore at Auburn Kaleigh Telfer has had her fair share of time in the spotlight having competed in the Youth Olympic Games and the World Amateur Team Championship.
Qualifying for the Augusta National Women’s Amateur ranks at the top.
“I’m just excited to play that course and obviously it’s like a great honor and a dream of every golfer. This is by far the biggest one though,” says Auburn sophomore golfer Kaleigh Telfer.
The women’s amateur kicks off the week before the Masters where Auburn’s Jovan Rebula will participate.
“Yeah that just blows my mind actually, yeah it’s going to be great and it’s also nice because I’ll see what the course is going to be like for them,” says Telfer.
Kaleigh and Jovan have a few other things in common. Both are from South Africa and Jovan’s uncle, professional golfer Ernie Els, featured Kaleigh as the Ernie Els foundation player of the year in 2015.
“We’ve known each other for a very long time and we’ve been good friends all along and obviously him with Ernie Els and I’ve been in his foundation so we’ve just been friends the whole time,” says Telfer.
“We are just both very thankful obviously for the South African squad system and also Auburn University for all that they’ve done for us and to be able to get the chance to play at this prestigious event,” says Auburn junior golfer Jovan Rebula.
Aside from the excitement of being in these events both are playing to win.
“I’ve gotten to a point where I feel like I can compete with you know the best players in the world like my game has definitely risen ever since I’ve gotten here, so I mean to make the cut will obviously be the first goal of mine, but definitely to go out and do the best I possibly can is something that I want to do,” says Rebula.
“Obviously I’m looking to turn pro after college and just to have that under my belt would be a huge thing, but yeah just going to take it one shot at a time,” says Telfer.
The 2019 Masters Tournament will begin on Thursday, April 11.
The 2019 Augusta National Women’s Amateur begins on April 3rd.