Palmer boys golf alum Colin Prater qualifies for U.S. Amateur

(Brian Tirpak/UCCS Athletics)

Colin Prater is heading to Pinehurst No. 2 in just over a month. The 2013 Palmer grad shot a 4-under-par 68 in both rounds at Columbine Country Club on Monday to qualify for the U.S. Amateur tournament next month.

Prater played in the 2016 U.S Amateur, but missed the cut into match play by three strokes. Valor Christian alum Wyndham Clark advanced to the round of 32 in that year's tournament.

After graduating from Palmer in 2013, he played his freshman year at Colorado Mesa University where he won national freshman of the year honors and played in the NCAA tournament.

He then transferred and played his final three years at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs where he made the NCAA national tournament in and 2018.

As a senior during the 2012 boys golf season, he finished fifth at the Class 5A state tournament at Rolling Hills Country Club.

He received national recognition as the caddy for Atlanta Braves hall of fame pitcher John Smoltz in the 2018 U.S. Senior Open at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

He won a U.S. Open local qualifier at CommonGround Golf Course this past May, but did not advance through sectionals in California.

A Colorado Springs native, Prater will be teaching at Doherty High School this fall.