Sunday, July 29, 2007

Houston's Whitsett Beats Fellow Texan for U.S. Junior Am Title

cory whitsett - us junior amateurThe U.S. Junior Amateur Championship came down to a meeting of two Texas teens in the final, both of whom have experience on the Texas Legends Junior Tour. The TLJT send out a brief news release after Cory Whitsett (pictured) of Houston defeated Anthony Paolucci of Irving to win the championship:

Cory Whitsett put his name alongside history on Saturday, becoming just the second left handed player to win the US Junior Amateur. Whitsett (Houston) defeated fellow Texan Anthony Paolucci (Irving) 8 & 7 in the 36 hole final match. Whitsett used a stretch of five consecutive hole victories to race past Paolucci to win the Championship held at Boone Valley Golf Club in Augusta, Mo.

Whitsett, a member of the Texas Legends Junior Tour in 2006, also has an impressive resume, highlighted by three AJGA tournament victories in 2006. On the Texas Legends Tour, Cory was a member of the South Team in the Jackie Burke Cup matches held at Spanish Oaks CC. Cory was the only player in the Ryder Cup format event to go undefeated in his matches throughout the championship. He also won the 2006 South Westfield PGA Championship Qualifier and finished tied for third at the prestigious 2006 EDS Byron Nelson Junior Championship.

Paolucci, who has been a member of the Texas Legends Junior Tour for the last three years, won two tournaments on Tour in 2006, the Bruce Lietzke Junior Classic and the PGA Westfield Championship Qualifier. Anthony also won the 2005 Ben Hogan Invitational at Shady Oaks Country Club.

Whitsett is 15 years old and Paolucci is 14 so there is a good chance we'll be hearing from these guys again. Whitsett is a lefty, and he's the first Texan to win since Matthew Rosenfeld of Plano took the 2000 championship.

Get the full report from the USGA

(Photo by Steven Gibbons/USGA)

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