Fresh off becoming the youngest winner ever at the 2014 International Junior Masters, IJGT-member, Will Thomson, made history by becoming the youngest golfer to ever qualify for the USGA’s U.S. Amateur Championship. The qualifier for the 114th U.S. Amateur Championship was held at Mendon Golf Club in Rochester, N.Y. on July 7,2014. At 13 years old, Thomson held the lead throughout the two rounds, beating out 56 amateurs to win the qualifier.
He held off Gavin Hall, a rising sophomore on the University of Texas golf team, Jack Gianniny, a repeat finalist on the IJGT, and Nick McLaughlin, an IJGT alum and junior member of the University of Virginia golf team. Hall also qualified for the 2014 U.S. Amateur and looks to return to improve his finish from his 2013 lose in the Round of 16. Gianniny and McLaughlin’s performances earned the first and second alternate spots, respectively.
Thomson finished the quailifer with scores of 68-66–134 overall to qualify, saying it was “probably the most fun I’ve ever had on a golf course. I had my dad (Tom) on the bag and he definitely helped me through.”
“At first, I was just trying to go out and have fun, but after the front nine of the first 18, I knew I was playing well. I made a bunch of putts and a lot of birdies and it just kind of happened.”
Thomson will compete at the Atlanta Athletics Club’s Highland Course in Johns Creek, Ga., on August 11-17, 2014, for the 114th U.S. Amateur Championship. Congrats from the IJGT community on making history, and we look forward to seeing you compete, Will!