Top junior boys of 2012: No. 7 Andy Shim
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. 7 on our list: Andy Shim.
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No. 7: Andy Shim
Golfweek/Sagarin ranking: 8
Credentials: U.S. Junior Amateur (champion); Rolex Tournament of Champions (T-5); FootJoy Invitational (T-6); Junior Players (T-19); Exide Technologies Junior Open (T-14); TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook (T-41); Georgia Junior (champion).
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The best junior victory of 2012 has to go to this guy.
The Korean, whose real name is Hyeon Bo, went from relative unknown to junior golf sensation after defeating Jim Liu in the U.S. Junior Amateur final.
But it wasn’t just the fact that Shim beat a former champion in Liu to capture his first U.S. Junior crown. It was the way he did it, rallying from 5 down after 18 holes to beat Liu 4 and 3.
It was all thanks to a dominating stretch that saw Shim take advantage of Liu’s struggles, winning six of the first eight holes after lunch. Shim, who also battled serious blisters on his feet throughout the match, would seal the deal on No. 15 and cap the largest comeback in the tournament’s 65-year history – it beat the previous record by four holes.
But Shim’s impressive showing at the Golf Club of New England wasn’t his only notable accomplishment this season. Shim notched finishes of T-5 and T-6 at the Rolex Tournament of Champions and FootJoy Invitational, respectively. He also won the Georgia Junior and added a T-19 at the Junior Players.
It wasn’t the collective success that we saw from some of the other top junior boys this year, but when you win the most prestigious junior tournament of the year, you make the list – easily.