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Brentley Romine
Nathan Jeansonne hits a drive during the second round of the stroke play at the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur.
Nathan Jeansonne hits a drive during the second round of the stroke play at the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur.

THE WOODLANDS, Texas –– On the golf course, Nathan Jeansonne is constantly making sure he’s posting good numbers.

“I like to keep it around 140,” said Jeansonne, a 17-year-old from Keithville, La.

140?

No, Jeansonne isn’t a high handicapper – he shot 4-under 68 Tuesday to advance to match play at the U.S. Junior Amateur. The number he was referring to is actually his ideal blood glucose level.

Jeansonne was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 2 years old, but he hasn’t let it keep him from playing the game he loves. He wears an insulin pump near ...

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Brentley Romine
After five years, Will Zalatoris is finally getting to play in a U.S. Junior Amateur in his home state of Texas – and the Plano native (pictured during the 2011 Junior PGA Championship) is ready to take things one step at a time as he attempts to bring home the title this week in the Texas summer heat.
After five years, Will Zalatoris is finally getting to play in a U.S. Junior Amateur in his home state of Texas – and the Plano native (pictured during the 2011 Junior PGA Championship) is ready to take things one step at a time as he attempts to bring home the title this week in the Texas summer heat.

THE WOODLANDS, Texas –– If there was one player who didn't mind having to brave the extreme heat Monday at The Club at Carlton Woods, it was Will Zalatoris.

Like everyone else, the 17-year-old and five-time U.S. Junior Amateur participant fought to stay hydrated as temperatures soared above 100 degrees in The Woodlands, about 30 minutes north of Houston. But after playing four previous U.S. Juniors in cooler climates – Stratham, N.H.; Bremerton, Wash.; Ada, Mich.; and Bedminster, N.J. – and far away from his hometown of Plano, Texas, Zalatoris is glad to finally be playing in a ...

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Brentley Romine
Davis Riley, last year's U.S. Junior Amateur runner-up, fired a 5-under 67 to take the first-round lead on a hot day in The Woodlands, Texas.
Davis Riley, last year's U.S. Junior Amateur runner-up, fired a 5-under 67 to take the first-round lead on a hot day in The Woodlands, Texas.

THE WOODLANDS, Texas –– While the heat index surpassed 105 on a sunny, humid day at the U.S. Junior Amateur, a handful of top junior golfers proved they’d kept their competitive fires going from last year’s championship.

Davis Riley, runner-up to Scottie Scheffler in 2013, came out Monday morning and fired a 5-under 67 to take the first-round lead at The Club at Carlton Woods’ Nicklaus Course.

Then Sam Horsfield, a three-time participant who a year ago rolled off a string of impressive match-play wins before exiting in the quarterfinals, posted an afternoon 68 to grab a share ...

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Brentley Romine
Davis Riley, runner-up at the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur, is one of 156 junior boys golfers set to compete at the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur July 21-26 in The Woodlands, Texas.
Davis Riley, runner-up at the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur, is one of 156 junior boys golfers set to compete at the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur July 21-26 in The Woodlands, Texas.

Davis Riley has waited a year for another shot at his first U.S. Junior Amateur.

The Alabama commit, who lost to Scottie Scheffler in the 2013 U.S. Junior final at Martis Camp Club in Truckee, Calif., will be one of 156 junior boys golfers who will tee it up July 21-26 at The Club at Carlton Woods' Nicklaus Course in The Woodlands, Texas.

The 2014 U.S. Junior will begin with stroke-play qualifying July 21-22. Match play starts July 23 with the Round of 64. The 36-hole final is set for July 26.

Riley, who won the Terra ...

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Brentley Romine
John Augenstein, shown during the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur, committed to Vanderbilt.
John Augenstein, shown during the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur, committed to Vanderbilt.

John Augenstein, ranked sixth in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings for the Class of 2016, has committed to Vanderbilt.

Augenstein, who attends Owensboro (Ky.) Catholic High School, chose the Commodores over two-time defending national champion Alabama.

"I chose Vandy because I love the idea of having a chance to build something," Augenstein said. "I feel like Vandy is on its way to being one of the top programs in the NCAA. Coach (Scott) Limbaugh and Coach (Dusty) Smith are the best in the business, and I feel confident that they will give me the best opportunity of succeeding in my ...

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Adam Schupak
The U.S. Amateur Public Links stroke-play co-medalists, left to right: Doug Ghim, Zane Thomas, Byron Meth and Rico Hoey.
The U.S. Amateur Public Links stroke-play co-medalists, left to right: Doug Ghim, Zane Thomas, Byron Meth and Rico Hoey.

NEWTON, Kan. – Doug Ghim of Arlington Heights, Ill., did double duty on the second day of the U.S. Amateur Public Links at Sand Creek Station Golf Course.

First, the Texas freshman fired a 6-under 65 for a 36-hole total of 134 that shared medalist honors with three other contestants in stroke-play qualifying.

“I made so many putts," Ghim said, "it was ridiculous.”

But he wasn’t done yet. Family friend Joshua Lee of Fleming Island, Fla., finished at 5-over 147 and had to compete in an 11-for-7-man playoff to reach match play. His father, however, was too tired to ...

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Adam Schupak
Jordan Niebrugge during the second round of stroke play at the 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links at Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, Kan.
Jordan Niebrugge during the second round of stroke play at the 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links at Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, Kan.

NEWTON, Kan. –– Defending U.S. Amateur Public Links champion Jordan Niebrugge, of Mequon, Wis., could be making an early exit from the tournament.

Niebrugge posted a 1-over 72 in his second round Tuesday at Sand Creek Station Golf Course for a 36-hole total of 4-over 146. The top 64 advance to match play, and Niebrugge was outside of that when he finished his round.

The No. 1 player in the Golfweek/amateurgolf.com Player Rankings, Niebrugge didn’t arrive to the tournament until late Sunday after finishing T-36 at the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic, where he competed on ...

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Recruiting Extra

Sam Dickey has announced that he has verbally committed to play college golf at New Mexico.

Dickey is the 40th-ranked junior in the Golfweek/Sagarin junior rankings for the Class of 2016.

“I was fortunate to be recruited by a lot of great schools,” said Dickey, a rising junior at Las Vegas’ Arbor View High School. “I am convinced that New Mexico is the perfect fit for me. The Lobos' coaches, golf facilities, tournament schedule, strength training and academics are everything I was looking for in a college and more. I look forward to helping Coach Millican and Coach Garren ...

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Brentley Romine
IMG Academy announced Friday that it will replace Callaway Golf as the title sponsor of the Junior World Golf Championships beginning in 2015.
IMG Academy announced Friday that it will replace Callaway Golf as the title sponsor of the Junior World Golf Championships beginning in 2015.

IMG Academy announced Friday that it will replace Callaway Golf as the title sponsor of the Junior World Golf Championships beginning in 2015.

The San Diego-area championship, first played in 1968, is played in 12 age divisions, ranging from 6 and under to 15-17 year olds, and typically fields more than 1,200 golfers annually. Past champions of the event include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Nick Price and Lorena Ochoa.

Callaway Golf held title sponsorship from 2002-14.

“The Junior World Golf Championships and the San Diego County Junior Golf Association have significantly contributed to the development of youth ...

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Brentley Romine
Austin Connelly
Austin Connelly

Austin Connelly defeated Davis Riley, 1 up, to earn the final point and help the West retain the Wyndham Cup Thursday at Old Sandwich Golf Club in Plymouth, Mass.

The West, which trailed the East by five points entering Thursday, captured the last four of 20 matches to secure a 25-25 tie. The West kept the Cup because of its 5-point victory last year and leads the all-time series 13-9-2.

Connelly trailed, 1 down, after nine holes, but took 1-up leads at the 11th, 13th and finally the 17th to earn his third point of the competition.

“I honestly wasn ...

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Brentley Romine
Will Thomson
Will Thomson

Will Thomson, a 13-year-old from Pittsford, N.Y., became the youngest qualifier in U.S. Amateur history Monday.

Thomson, a seventh-grader who is ranked third in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings for the Class of 2019, shot 68-66 for an 8-under 134 total to take medalist honors at the 36-hole sectional qualifier at Mendon Golf Club in Honeoye Falls, N.Y. He finished four shots ahead of Texas sophomore Gavin Hall.

As The Buffalo News previously reported, the U.S. Golf Association confirmed Thomson as the youngest U.S. Amateur qualifier. The record had been held by Ryota Ito, who ...

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Categories: Amateur, Men, Junior, Boys, Top Stories
Nick Masuda
Doug Ghim of the East squad notched 1.5 points on Wednesday at the Wyndham Cup.
Doug Ghim of the East squad notched 1.5 points on Wednesday at the Wyndham Cup.

Behind solid play from Doug Ghim, the East squad extended its Wyndham Cup lead to 17.5 to 12.5 on Wednesday at the Old Sandwich Golf Club in Plymouth, Mass.

Ghim, a University of Texas commit, is undefeated over the two days, including securing 1.5 points on Day 2, with a foursomes halve in the morning session when partnered with Qi Wen Wong and then a mixed four-ball victory in the afternoon alongside Rachel Dai.

The West stayed in striking distance mainly due to the play of Sam Burns, who went 2-0 on Wednesday, pairing with Brad Dalke ...

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Categories: Junior, Boys, Girls, Top Stories
Brentley Romine
Qi Wen Wong went undefeated to help the East open up an 8-7 lead Tuesday at the Wyndham Cup.
Qi Wen Wong went undefeated to help the East open up an 8-7 lead Tuesday at the Wyndham Cup.

Qi Wen Wong and Rinko Mitsunaga went undefeated to help the East open up an 8-7 lead Tuesday at the Wyndham Cup.

Wong, of Bradenton, Fla., teamed up with John Augenstein of Owensboro, Ky., to defeat George Cunningham and Cooper Dossey, 2 and 1, in the opening four-ball matches at Old Sandwich Golf Club in Plymouth, Mass. Mitsunaga, of Roswell, Ga., and Abbey Carlson of Lake Mary, Fla., also notched a four-ball victory, defeating three-time Wyndham Cup participant Amy Lee and Maddie Szeryk, 2 up.

Wong and Mitsunaga then combined to beat lee and Collin Morikawa, 5 and 4, in ...

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Brentley Romine
Cody Proveaux (far right), shown after he sunk a putt to clinch the 2012 Wyndham Cup, is among those selected to Golfweek's all-time Wyndham Cup team.
Cody Proveaux (far right), shown after he sunk a putt to clinch the 2012 Wyndham Cup, is among those selected to Golfweek's all-time Wyndham Cup team.

This year marks the 25th year of the Wyndham Cup, the AJGA's team match-play competition that pits the East versus the West.

Players such as Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar, Rickie Fowler, Paula Creamer, Inbee Park and Cristie Kerr have all played in the event.

To celebrate the occasion, here are Golfweek's all-time Wyndham Cup teams, as selected by Brentley Romine.

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Brad Dalke (2011-13)

Buzz: Dalke will make his fourth Wyndham Cup start this year. He didn't win a match in his first appearance, but the Oklahoma commit has gone 6-0-2 in two Wyndham ...

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Brentley Romine
Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield Township, N.J., will host the 2018 U.S. Junior Amateur, the club's 16th USGA championship.
Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield Township, N.J., will host the 2018 U.S. Junior Amateur, the club's 16th USGA championship.

Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield Township, N.J., will host the 2018 U.S. Junior Amateur, the U.S. Golf Association announced Wednesday.

The event, open to male amateurs (6.4 handicap or better) who have not reached their 18th birthday by the conclusion of the championship, will be played July 16-21. The A.W. Tillinghast-designed Upper and Lower courses will be used for the tournament, the former hosting match play and stroke play, and the latter hosting just stroke play.

“Baltusrol is part of the history of American golf and it has a rich association with the USGA,” Daniel ...

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