Walker, 14, second youngest to qualify for U.S. Am


While many of his peers are teeing it up in California this week at the U.S. Junior Amateur, 14-year-old Andrew Walker had his eyes on another prestigious event.

Walker fired rounds of 71-69 this week at Forest Akers West in East Lansing, Mich., and as a result became the second-youngest player to ever qualify for the U.S. Amateur. The teen from Battle Creek, Mich., carded nine birdies across the 36-hole qualifier according to a Golfweek report, surviving a three-for-two playoff with a par on the fourth extra hole.

The U.S. Amateur will be held Aug. 12-18 at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.; when Walker begins the first round of stroke play, he'll be 14 years, 8 months and 29 days old. Ryota Ito remains the youngest player to ever make a U.S. Amateur field, having participated in the 2004 edition when he was just 14 years, 1 month and 3 days old.

Walker joins the growing list of junior golfers with remarkable accomplishments this summer. Last month, 10-year-old Lucy Li advanced to the match-play portion of the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship and just two weeks ago became the youngest ever to qualify for the U.S. Women's Amateur, while 16-year-old Will Grimmer carded a 59 earlier this month during a tournament at Pinehurst.