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

Junior golfer Andrew Walker in an undated file photo.
Junior golfer Andrew Walker in an undated file photo.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

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:

  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

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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.

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