Derek Bard of New Hartford, N.Y., a former IJGT player, shined at Olympia Fields Country Club in the 2015 U.S. Amateur. Playing in one of the most prestigious amateur tournaments in world in a field of 312 players, Bard was able to put himself in elite company and finished runner-up in the national amateur championship conducted by the United States Golf Association.
After 36 holes of stroke play, the field was cut to 64 players for the match play portion of the competition. Bard drew Davis Riley of Hattiesburg, Miss., in the first round and won the match 4 & 3. In the Round of 32, Bard played Sepp Straka of Valdosta, Ga., and won the match 6 & 5. During the Round of 16, Bard played with U.S. Walker Cup team member, Hunter Stewart of Lexington, Ky., winning a tough match 2 up.
The University of Virginia Cavalier junior had his quarterfinal match against Jon Rahm of Spain, who led 3-up after the first ten holes, but Bard was able to complete the comeback and win the match 1 up advancing to the semifinals. To make it into the final round, Bard was victorious 3 up over Kenta Konishi of Japan.
Heading into the finals match of the U.S Amateur, Bard went head-to-head against Southern Methodist University senior Bryson DeChambeau. DeChambeau, the 2015 NCAA Champion, defeated Derek Bard 7 & 6 in the 36-hole final. With their performances, DeChambeau and Bard earned spots in the 2016 Masters and U.S. Open.
Derek Bard was a star when playing on the International Junior Golf Tour. Bard carded six top-five finishes and won three tournaments in his three seasons with the tour. His titles include: 2009 Hank Haney Invitational at Sea Pines Resort, 2009 at Gillette Ridge, and 2010 at Bulle Rock.