Cory Whitsett joined the ranks of 59 other champions after winning the U.S. Junior Amateur Saturday. (Steven Gibbons/USGA)

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Whitsett Handles Paolucci, 8 And 7,

To Win Junior Amateur

Augusta, Mo. – In an all-Texas final, Cory Whitsett, 15, of Houston, took a commanding 5-up lead after 18 holes and defeated Anthony Paolucci, 14, of Dallas, 8 and 7, to win the 2007 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Boone Valley Golf Club Saturday.

"It’s going to be pretty cool to know that no matter what happens my name will be there,” Whitsett said of joining the list of Junior Amateur champions.

He is the fifth Junior Amateur champion to have won at age 15. The others are Tiger Woods (1991), Sihwan Kim (2004), Mike Brannan (1971) and Henry Liaw (2001).

Paolucci's Putter Proves Perilous

Augusta, Mo. – The engine cranked and cranked and cranked. Nothing. No spark.

Fourteen-year-old Anthony Paolucci, the wunderkind from Dallas, Texas, shot an exasperated glance at his putter on the 27th hole after his 4-footer lipped the inner edge of the hole.

Figuratively speaking, Paolucci was out of gas on the penultimate hole of the match. Just a few feet away Cory Whitsett stood composed as though the melodic sound of a symphony coursed through his veins. Whitsett, little did he know then, would be crowned the 60th U.S. Junior Amateur champion a mere 14 minutes later.

An Interview With Cory Whitsett

Augusta, Mo. – Cory Whitsett, 15, of Houston, Texas, sat down with the media after winning the 60th U.S. Junior Amateur.

Two Texas Teenagers To Face Off In Final

Augusta, Mo. – In a match of Texas teenagers, Cory Whitsett of Houston will meet Anthony Paolucci of Dallas in the 36-hole championship final of the 2007 U.S. Junior Amateur Saturday at Boone Valley Golf Club.

They comprise the youngest set of finalists since 2004 when 15-year-old Sihwan Kim defeated 14-year-old David Chung.

Whitsett Trying To Make Own History

Augusta, Mo. – Prior to his afternoon semifinal match Friday, Cory Whitsett felt sluggish as he hit balls on the range. After all, a 19-hole clash with Chris Cho that wrapped up an hour earlier left him little time to rejuvenate.

Paolucci Quietly Dispatches Uihlein

Augusta, Mo. – The script was supposedly pre-conceived. David versus Goliath. Fourteen year old against 17 year old. The top-ranked junior player from the Pendleton School in Bradenton, Fla., against an up-and-comer who could hold his own with anyone.

Meet The Quarterfinalists

Augusta, Mo. - Meet the quarterfinalists at the U.S. Junior Amateur.

Qualifying Results

Championship Facts

U.S. Junior Amateur

THE ARCHITECT – P.B. Dye designed the course, which opened in 1992.


Fairways –Cut to approximately ½ inch
Tees -- Cut to 4/10 inch
Intermediate rough -- Cut to 1 inch; 6 feet wide
Primary rough – Cut to 4 inches
Putting greens – USGA Stimpmeter reading at 10-10 ½ feet
Collars and run-off areas around putting greens – Cut to 4/10 inch (width varies)
Fairway width – Approximately 30 yards on most holes

The Championship setup will result in new USGA Course Rating™ of 74.0 and Slope Rating® of 139.

ENTRIES – A total of 3,106 entries were accepted for the 2007 championship. The championship is open to male amateur golfers who will not have reached their 18th birthday on or before July 23, 2007, and who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 6.4. Entries closed June 6. The 2007 championship was the 12th consecutive time that entries have topped 3,000. The largest entry was 4,508 in 1999.

THE SCHEDULE – Following 36 holes of stroke play (July 23-24), the field will be trimmed to the lowest 64 scorers who will advance to match play. From there, the schedule is as follows:

  • July 25 (Wednesday) – First round, match play
  • July 26 (Thursday) – Second and third rounds, match play
  • July 27 (Friday) – Quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, match play
  • July 28 (Saturday) – Final round, match play (36 holes)


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