From Tianlang Guan’s Asia Pacific Amateur victory to Beau Hossler’s memorable U.S. Open performance at the Olympic Club, 2012 was a year to remember for boys junior golf.
Over the course of 10 days, we’ll bring you the top 10 players of the year starting at No. 10 and ending with the player who we think had the most impressive season.
Who will be No. 1? Who else will make the list? Keep checking back to find out as we continue with No. 3 on our list: Robby Shelton.
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No. 3: Robby Shelton
Golfweek/Sagarin ranking: 1
Credentials: Polo Golf Junior Classic (Round of 16); Junior Players (champion); Gulf Coast Open (fourth); Junior PGA Championship (champion); Future Masters (champion); Greystone Invitational (fourth); Junior Invitational at Sage Valley (T-2); U.S. Junior Amateur (Round of 32); Junior Ryder Cup participant.
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Since the beginning of the summer, no junior boys golfer has had the type of success that Shelton has had.
He started it off by winning the Class 5A state high school championship in his home state of Alabama. He then notched a victory in the Future Masters and advanced to the Round of 32 at the U.S. Junior Amateur before a pair of impressive victories right before his senior year of high school.
The Wilmer, Ala., native won both the Junior PGA and Junior Players in the span if a month, wins that helped vault him to the top spot in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. And as the summer months faded, and fall and winter came, Shelton didn’t slow down.
He was a member of the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team and made it to the Round of 16 at the season-ending Polo Golf Junior Classic.
Now all that’s left is deciding where to go to college. Shelton still hasn’t signed with a school, although he’s said it’s between Auburn and Alabama. He’s visited both schools, but has not said yet when he’ll decide.
Whatever choice he makes, he should have an immediate impact on the college level. He’s already shown he can dominate the junior level. Wins at two of junior golf’s biggest events have proven that.