14-year-old qualifies for U.S. Amateur at Brookline
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.
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The youngest players to qualify for the U.S. Amateur:
- Ryota Ito: 2004 – 14 years, 1 month, 13 days
- Joseph Bramlett: 2002 – 14 years, 4 months, 12 days
- James Oh: 1996 – 14 years, 4 months, 20 days
- Bobby Jones: 1916 – 14 years, 5 months, 18 days
- Andrew Walker: 2013 – 14 years, 9 months, 20 days
- George Boutell: 1958 – 14 years, 9 months, 26 days
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– Earlier versions of this story contained incorrect information provided to Golfweek about Walker's standing historically; it also misidentified a reference to Bobby Jones.