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.
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.