Fifteen-Year-Old Liaw Wins US Junior Amateur


USGAHenry Liaw holed a 30-foot putt for birdie down the stretch to ultimately beat Richard Scott and win the 2001 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at the Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio, Tex.
One-up through 15 holes, the 15-year-old rolled in the clincher at the par-4 16th to extend his lead to two shots, and following two scores of par at No. 17, Liaw was assured the victory 2-and-1.
If you gave me a whole shag bag, I dont think I could make another one, but at the time, I played a perfect putt, said a happy Liaw.
Liaw will be eligible for the next two U.S. Junior Amateur Championships, and will be gunning for Tiger Woods record of three straight titles.
Next year when I come out, Im just going to give it my best again, he said.
Unfortunately for Scott, the loss ended his hopes of becoming the first-ever Canadian born champion of the event.
Nevertheless, the 17-year-old did not leave Oak Hills completely disappointed.
Its been a great experience, he said. Its probably the most memorable week in my golfing career.
Prior to the championship match Saturday afternoon, Liaw had beaten Chanin Puntawong by a score of 2-and-1, while Scott won his semifinal match over Andrew Dresser 7-and-6.
The U.S. Junior Amateur is one of 13 championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association.
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