14-year-old Kid Qualifies for U.S. Amateur
By Torleif Sorenson on 7/25/13
As reported by GolfWeek, 14-year-old Andrew Walker of Battle Creek, Michigan qualified on Monday to play in the 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship, to be held August 12-18 at The Country Club outside Boston.

Walker, who is 14 years, eight months, 29 days old, shot 71-69 at Forest Akers on the Michigan State University campus. That got him into a three-for-two playoff. On the fourth extra hole, the kid was the only one of the three to hit the green on a 200-yard par-3. He made par and got himself in.

According to the USGA, these are the six youngest players ever to make it into the Amateur:
  1. Ryota Ito (2004): 14 years, 1 month, 13 days

  2. Joseph Bramlett (2002): 14 years, 4 months, 12 days

  3. James Oh (1996): 14 years, 4 months, 20 days

  4. Bobby Jones (1916): 14 years, 5 months, 18 days

  5. Andrew Walker (2013): 14 years, 9 months, 20 days

  6. George Boutell (1958): 14 years, 9 months, 26 days

Even if Andrew Walker doesn't make it to the match play-portion of the Amateur, we offer a proverbial tip of the hat to him for getting in on his own merits!


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[ comments ]
GolfSmith7 says:
Awesome, wish him the best and that people let him grow into the game at his own pace not that he has some notoriety.
7/25/13
 
falcon50driver says:
The next Phil Mickelson ?
7/25/13
 
bkuehn1952 says:
That has to be a bit intimidating to be a college golfer or top amateur in a play-off with a 14 year old. No one will be impressed if you beat the kid and losing would be embarrassing.
7/26/13
 
jrbizzle says:
This was played at the West course, which is where MSU hosts BigTen events. my best score from the whites is a 93. 71-69 there as a 14 year old is impressive, this is no wide open muni.
7/26/13
 
birdieXris says:
The next Tiger Woods!!
7/26/13
 
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