14-year-old qualifies for U.S. Amateur at Brookline

Junior golfer Andrew Walker in an undated file photo.

Boys Rankings »

#NameYearStateRating
1Scott Scheffler2014TX66.66
2Doug Ghim2014IL67.74
3Cameron Young2015NY67.85
4Robin Wang2017FL67.9
5Andy Zhang2016FL68.16

Andrew Walker, of Battle Creek, Mich., became the fifth-youngest player in history to qualify for the U.S. Amateur when he qualified Monday at Forest Akers West on the Michigan State campus in East Lansing, Mich.

At 14 years, 8 months and 29 days, he's right behind Bobby Jones on the list of youngest players to qualify. Ryota Ito is the youngest; he was 14 years, 1 month and 3 days old when he qualified in 2004.

Walker, who carded nine birdies during his two rounds, finished with scores of 71-69 for a 140 total – getting him into a three-for-two playoff against Mitch Rutledge and McCormick Clouster both from Michigan.

On the fourth playoff hole, a 200-yard par three, Walker was the only player to hit the green and made par to win. He earns a spot at the 2013 U.S. Amateur to be held August 12-18 at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.

The medalist at the qualifier was Indiana native Michael Markis, who posted rounds of 69-68 for a 137 two-round total.

• • •

The youngest players to qualify for the U.S. 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

Source: USGA

• • •

– Earlier versions of this story contained incorrect information provided to Golfweek about Walker's standing historically; it also misidentified a reference to Bobby Jones.

Welcome to Golfweek.com's comments section.
Please review the posting guidlines here: Golfweek.com Community Guidelines.
All accounts must be verified using Disqus email verification