LEWISTON, N.Y. – What were you doing as a 13-year-old in the summertime?
Definitely not what Will Thomson is doing this week at the Porter Cup or in two weeks at the U.S. Amateur.
Thomson, a native of Pittsford, N.Y., became the youngest player to play in the field at Niagara Falls Country Club on Wednesday. Just a few weeks ago, Thomson made headlines for becoming the youngest qualifier in U.S. Amateur history, which is set to take place in Atlanta Athletic Club in two weeks.
Thomson was a late addition to the Porter Cup field, receiving word on July 9 that he had been extended an invitation.
“I was not expecting it at all,” said Thomson. “I was shocked. I can’t put it into words. It’s pretty exciting. It’s nice to compete in such an amazing field. It’s one of the best amateur competitions in the world.”
Thomson and fellow Pittsford native, Gavin Hall, are pretty good friends, and Hall is impressed with what he sees from the teenager.
“He’s definitely a lot more mature than me when I was 13,” Hall said. “He’s awesome to watch and a great talent. He’s really resilient.”
After a first-round 73 that included two birdies and five bogeys, Thomson said he felt a little intimidated playing with the older players. Hall sent him a text the night prior to the first round and just told him, “don’t worry about the other guys.”
And he didn’t.
“It’s still golf, still the same size hole, the same size clubs.,” Thomson said. “You just have to play your own game.”
Thomson will be a an eighth grader at Barker Road Middle School in the fall, but plays on the Mendon High School golf team, which will be the high school in another year.