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Prized junior Horsfield, 17, commits to Florida

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Ian Poulter won’t have to go far to check on his star apprentice.

Sam Horsfield, 17, of Davenport, Fla., announced this weekend that he has given a verbal commitment to the University of Florida

Horsfield, who last year won the Florida Amateur by 11 shots and became the youngest champion in 96 years, is the 15th-ranked amateur in the world. He is also No. 3 in the Class of 2015.

 

 

As for his connection to Poulter, Horsfield has played several practice rounds with the Lake Nona resident. When his fellow Englishman shot 61 in a U.S. Amateur Public Links qualifier, Poulter tweeted to his 1.6 million followers: “I told you all @HR59Sam is the real deal. He would embarrass every English Amateur in the world by a mile.”

Earlier this year, Horsfield won the New Year's Invitational. In 2013, he reached the Round of 16 at the U.S. Publinx and tied for fourth at the Dixie Amateur.