WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - You probably recognize the names of some golfers committed to playing in the Wells Fargo Championship, like Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson, but have you heard the name, Bryce Edmister?
Edmister is a Wilmington resident and professional golfer working to qualify for the prestigious tournament in May.
"I literally grew up on the golf course," Edmister said. "As soon as I could walk, I had a golf club in my hand. You could call it love at first sight."
He swung his first club at the age of 2 and spent every day after school on the greens.
His hard work paid off. Edmister received a golf scholarship to Binghamton University and has been swinging ever since.
Edmister has played in several mini PGA Tour tournaments, but never in a tournament like the Wells Fargo Championship.
"I've been practicing really hard, and working on new things with my swing, and I feel like my game is peaking at the right time," he said. "It should give me the best chance to qualify."
He spends around six to eight hours a day on the course at Landfall, gearing up to hopefully soon play with the pros.
"My first thought when I heard the tourney was coming is that maybe I'll go watch the guys," Edmister said. "Then I found out there would be an open qualifier and I said, 'I have to do this.' It has me working extra hard towards my dream."
It's a dream that could soon turn into a reality that has been more than 20 years in the making.
"It would be a dream come true at this point. To walk down the fairway and play in the same tournament as those guys and to learn from them and interact with them would be very cool," Edmister said.
Edmister will be competing against about 100 golfers next Thursday for his shot to play in the tournament. The top 20 will be picked to proceed to the final event qualifier on Monday. The top four make it into the tournament.