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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Cameron Young Lofts Met Junior Trophy

Cameron Young    photo courtesy of MGA
This week's heat didn't stop Cameron Young from decisively winning the 96th Met Junior Championship sponsored by MetLife at Fairview Country Club in Greenwich, CT. The 16-year old junior at Fordham Prep won six total matches in absolutely brutal conditions. He finished with a 3 & 1 win over Jeremy Wall, of Brielle, NJ.

The Met Junior is the oldest junior championship in the country. It starts with a field of 64, which narrows down in 18-hole matches over three day event. The field is composed of juniors who have not yet turned 19 and who have not yet started college.

Young, the son of Sleepy Hollow CC head pro David Young, won all three of his first three matches 7 & 5, then beat Ethan Wall, Jeremy's brother, 5 & 4 in the quarterfinals, and Clancy Waugh of Quogue, NY 3 & 1 in the semis earlier in the day. In an interesting aside, Young played 36 holes the day before the Met Junior started in the US Amateur sectional qualifier. He'll be playing at the Country Club in Brookline, MA, next month.

Young and Wall (along with several other Met Area juniors) will also compete in the US Junior Championship which begins Monday at Martis Camp Club in Truckee, CA. For inspiration, they might look to Jordan Spieth, who won the John Deere Classic last week to earn a spot in the British Open. Spieth won the US Junior in 2011 and 2009.

Among many other books, Dave Donelson is the author of Weird Golf: 18 tales of fantastic, horrific, scientifically impossible, and morally reprehensible golf

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