Thomson, 13, becomes youngest U.S. Am qualifier


He’s not quite approaching Lucy Li’s level, but Will Thomson will bring even more youth to the upcoming U.S. Amateur.

Earlier this week the 13-year-old from Pittsford, N.Y., became the youngest U.S. Amateur qualifier in history when he won the 36-hole sectional at Mendon Golf Club. The story was first reported by the Buffalo News.

Thomson’s 68-66 was good enough for a four-shot advantage over Gavin Hall, another Western New York product who will begin his sophomore season at Texas in the fall.

According to the USGA, Thomson clipped the previous mark of Ryota Ito, who was 14 years, 1 month and 13 days when he qualified in 2004. 

Thomson, a rising eighth-grader, recently won the International Junior Masters. He is No. 3 in the Golfweek/Sagarin junior rankings for the Class of 2019.

The U.S. Amateur is scheduled for Aug. 11-17 at Atlanta Athletic Club.