News and Notes: Junior All-Star at Forest Lake presented by Tom Holzer Ford

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Written By: Tim Hamilton, AJGA Communications

Making History

Directly following The Junior All-Star at Forest Lake
presented by Tom Holzer Ford, Andrew Walker of Battle Creek, Mich.,  and his father head out of Michigan and head
to Boston, Their destination is The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. a town
right on the west edge of Boston’s historic downtown.

Walker will be playing in the United States Amateur
Championship. The U.S. Amateur is one of the most prestigious amateur events in
the country. Past winners include Bobby Jones, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and
Jack Nicklaus. The winner of the event earns a birth to the 2014 Masters.

The top amateurs in the world aspire to play in this world-renowned
tournament. Players of all ages from all over the world try to qualify to be
part of such a historic event. Qualifying for the US Amateur is a feat golfers
take great pride in.

Walker is the fifth youngest golfer in history to qualify. This
is not a junior golf tournament; Walker will be competing against the top
amateurs in the world when he arrives on the grounds of The Country Club.

The fourth youngest golfer to compete in the U.S. Amateur
was Bobby Jones. “It feels great to be in a category with names such as this, it’s
really cool,” Walker said after the practice round at Forest Lake.

Walker qualified for the event on his favorite course in
Michigan. He shot rounds of 71 and 69 at Forest Acers West, the home course of
the Michigan State Spartans. Three players qualified into the U.S. Amateur out
of the 76-player field.  

“It feels really great to qualify, this gives me a real
boost in confidence and moral,” Walker said. “This adds to my desire to get
better.”

Walker is in his second year of AJGA competition and has
never posted a finish higher than T14. He won the Junior All-Star at Red Tail
earlier this season in Avon, Ohio, with rounds of 72-67-74.

Before he takes aim at one of the most prestigious titles in
all of golf, Walker finished fourth in the Junior All-Star at Forest Lake
presented by Tom Holzer Ford with rounds of 73-73-71.   

The U.S. Amateur has been held every year since 1895. Walker
has made history in an event that’s 118 years old before it has even started.

Nothing about Walker’s game suggests he’s 14, but one of the
reasons he’s excited about the event just might. “I’m really excited to play
the Country Club, The Greatest Game Ever
Played
is one my favorite movies, so I’m excited to see the course where it
happened.”

Walker will bring his smooth swing and signature straw hat to
Brookline when he becomes the fifth youngest competitor ever in the US Amateur.
Things seemed to work out well for Mr. Jones after playing in the US Amateur at
the same age. This could be the beginning of another illustrious golfing career. 

 


Walker, Andrew  (3)Andrew Walker hits his tee shot on No. 12 in the first round

Giving Back

During the second round TGA members joined AJGA
juniors and staff members at Forest Lake Country Club to learn more about golf tournaments
and get some golfing tips from the juniors. First they rode around with AJGA
interns learning more about the process of a golf tournament and rules of the
game. Then they participated in a clinic where the AJGA participants were the
teachers. There were three stations set up on the putting green, short game
facility, and driving range. The young golfers from TGA got helpful tips from
the juniors and got excited about the game of golf. This was a great chance for
AJGA juniors to give back to the community and share their knowledge. 


Clinic on putting green with TGA kids (12)

Matias Torra of Santa Ana, Costa Rica, gave putting tips tothis group of

TGA members 

Community Support

The Junior All-Star at Forest Lake presented by Tom Holzer
Ford has sparked a lot of interest in the local community of Bloomfield Hills.
The tournament has seen coverage on television stations in the area. Before the
tournament Allyson Geer of Brighton, Mich., and Co-Tournament Chairman Chip
Carlson were on NBC-4 WDIV for an interview about the tournament. Then after
the second round My Fox channel 2 in Detroit came to Forest Lake Country Club
to run a story on the event. 

Here is the link to the Fox story:

http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/video?clipId=9175754&autostart=true 

Here is the link to the interview with Geer and Carlson: 

http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/junior-allstar-golf-event-held-in-bloomfield-hills/-/1719418/21319372/-/qhax3wz/-/index.html