Top junior boys of 2012: No. 5 Adam Wood
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. 5 on our list: Adam Wood.
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No. 5: Adam Wood
Golfweek/Sagarin ranking: 15
Credentials: Polo Junior Golf Classic (champion); U.S. Junior Amateur (Round of 64); Junior PGA Championship (third); Memorial Junior (T-4); Western Junior (champion); Ping Invitational (T-11); Junior Players (13th); Thunderbird International Junior (T-23); HP Boys Championship (T-37).
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The Indiana Junior champion from 2011 notched a pair of big victories in 2012. Wood, of Zionsville, Ind., won the Western Junior in June and then defeated Scottie Scheffler in the final of the Polo Golf Junior Classic last month.
Those victories bookended an impressive junior season that included a third-place finish at the Junior PGA and a T-4 showing at the Memorial Junior.
As a result, his ranking has increased drastically since January. He started the year outside the top 20 in the Polo Golf Junior rankings and now finds himself second. His jump in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings was just as big. He’s now No. 15 on that list.
Wood who is committed to Duke, is a high school junior – the first one on the countdown – and he’ll have an opportunity to make a lot of noise on the junior circuit in 2013.
And if this year was any indication, Wood has a good shot at making the most of that opportunity.