AIKEN — Being at home this week means Mitch Krywulycz will cook supper with his friends and play some friendly table tennis matches.
In his rookie season on the eGolf Professional Tour, Krywulycz, one of the former standouts on Augusta State’s two national championship teams, is enjoying playing close to Augusta this week. After staying in hotels for his 13 previous events, he can finally enjoy his own bed.
“It just makes your average day a bit more enjoyable,” he said. “It’s more relaxing.”
Krywulycz is one of many familiar faces playing in the eGolf Tour’s Championship at Woodside Plantation. The 72-hole tournament, played on the Jones Course, begins today and runs through Saturday.
Krwyulycz is one of six former Augusta State players in the field, joining Jake Amos, Jacob Carlsson, Taylor Floyd, Jay Haas, Jr., and Major Manning. Floyd, who turned professional earlier this summer, is making his first eGolf Pro Tour start.
Other local players in the field include former Aiken resident Alex Hamilton, Brad Arrington of Augusta, Stephen Poole of Aiken, David Robinson of Sandersville and former USC Aiken golfer Scott Usher.
The tournament also features four golfers who have played in the Masters Tournament, three of them British Amateur champions (Drew Weaver, Jin Jeong and Bryden Macpherson) and the other Corbin Mills, the 2011 U.S. Public Links champion. Weaver is having a breakout summer, with two wins and three runner-up showings in his past seven events.
He leads the tour’s money list with $104,513.
Krywulycz, who got off to a fast start, is looking to bounce back after suffering through a three-month stretch where he endured a bad combination – hitting the ball high and right while struggling with his putting. At No. 17 on the money list with $32,139 in earnings, he’s looking to cash checks this week and next week before the tour takes a monthlong break.
“I’d say my game is fairly solid,” Krywulycz said. “I don’t really like the course very much, but it’ll be a good test for me. If I can play well around here, I’ll know my game is solid.”
In his upcoming hiatus, Krywulycz will head to Tampa, Fla., for a lesson and enjoy time with his friends before playing the final six events of the season.
He is trying to keep or improve his position on the money list – the top 20 players at the end of the Northstone Classic on Oct. 11, will have their PGA Tour Q-School entry fees paid for.
“I want to do it because that’s a goal I set at the beginning of the year,” Krywulycz said about finishing in the top 20. “You always want to fulfill your goals. But if I finish 21st, I’m really not that worried about it. But having Q-School paid for would be nice.”