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U.S. Junior Am: Wrapping it up

July 23rd, 2011 by cstark

We’re a couple hours (OK, maybe four hours) from filing the final stories from the week-long U.S. Junior Amateur. Championship.

Dallas’ Jordan Spieth just left the interview room, lugging his silver championship cup. His name was engraved in 2009 and now it’ll be on their again, joining Eldrick “Tiger” Woods as the only multiple winner in the 64-year history of the event. Impressive golfer, impressive young man. He said the Olympic Course was good enough to play a U.S. Open on — and he was serious. Said you’d have to add some length, but the rough and the way hit hardened up in the sun today was U.S Open-like.

Talked to Adam Hanson, senior-to-be at Central Kitsap, who was Chelso Barrett’s caddie all week. Hanson said the week’s inspired him to get a little more serious about his golf game. He was down to a 2 handicap at one time, but ended up playing hockey this winter and wasn’t quite as dedicated as before. Barrett’s invited him to come back to New Hampshire for next summer’s Junior Am.

Mike Greller, a 34-year-old school teacher and caddie from Chambers Bay in University Place, hauled Spieth’s bag all week. Spieth’s headed to the University of Texas in Austin, and Greller popped for a Texas hat and wore it througout the tournament. Later he said, “I hate Texas.” He’s a Michigan fan, having grown up in that state. There’s a chance Greller might caddie for Spieth at next month’s U.S. Amateur at Erin Hills, Wis.

Here’s the the blow-by-blow, hole-by-hole, courtesy the USGA.

 

 

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