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Jim Liu

Home Town: Smithtown, NY
Graduation:
Class of 2013

2010 U.S. Junior Amateur Champion

2010 Verizon Junior Heritage Champion

 


 

In the storied history of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, there has never been a champion younger than Jim Liu. Liu, 14, stole the show at this years U.S. Junior Amateur Championship with his steady, dominant play. His championship run was capped off by defeating Justin Thomas 4 and 2 in the finals. In victory Liu achieved something that even Tiger Woods couldn't accomplish - win the U.S. Junior Amateur at age 14. Golfchannel.com caught up with the newest U.S. Junior champion to learn a little more about some of his interests and accomplishments on and off the course. And like most conversations with 14-year-olds, shooting 59 at age nine was brought up. 

Favorite Food: Steak

On your iPod: Everything except for heavy metal  

Favorite movie: Click and Greatest Game Ever Played

Favorite television show: The Big Bang

Favorite book: Down the Fairway.

Favorite hobby other than golf: Fishing

Favorite store: Willis Hobbies

Dream foursome: Tiger Woods, Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Me

Words to live by: “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” – Vince Lombardi

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan

Needs improvement: Everything, nothing’s perfect

Favorite club: Putter

Ballmarker:  Whatever is on my divot tool

Superstitions: None 

Holes-in-one: 3

Age you first broke 70: Eight. I shot 59 at age nine in 2005 at the PJGT Tour Championship at the Lake Buena Vista Golf Course in Disney World.

Love to trade places with: Race car driver

Favorite non-golf athlete:  Michael Jordan

Best thing about traveling to play golf: You get to go to new places, and play the best courses

Favorite place visited for a tournament: Canada

College golf plans: Not sure yet, but definitely a college with a D1 golf program