Meet the U.S. Junior Amateur Quarterfinalists

By Brady Inners, USGA
July 24, 2014

Sean Crocker, 17, of Zimbabwe

·         Was co-medalist in the stroke-play qualifying portion of championship after shooting rounds of 71-66 for a two-day total of 7-under 137.

·         Tied the second-lowest nine-hole score in U.S. Junior history with a 30 on his outward nine during the second round of stroke play.

·         Advanced to the round of 32 in last year’s U.S. Junior, held at Martis Camp Club in Truckee, Calif.

·         Was low amateur in the Zimbabwe Golden Pilsner Open (Sunshine Tour) in 2013.

·         Moved to the United States from Zimbabwe in 2002.

·         His father, Gary, is a retired international Zimbabwean cricketer. Sean played both cricket and rugby before committing full-time to golf when he was 10.

Will Grimmer, 17, of Cincinnati, Ohio

·         Advanced to the first round of match play in the 2013 U.S. Junior at Martis Camp Club.

·         Qualified for the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

·         Shot an 11-under-par 59 in the second round of the 35th North & South Junior Amateur at Pinehurst No. 1 in 2013.

·         Won the 2013 Ohio Junior Amateur; came in second in the 2014 Ohio State Amateur

·         Is a huge Cincinnati Reds and Bengals fan.

Andreas Halvorsen, 17, of Norway

·         Was seeded 58th after stroke-play qualifying and has defeated the Nos. 7, 26 and 23 seeds en route to his spot in the quarterfinals.

·         Was born in Norway, but currently lives in St. Augustine, Fla.

·         Became the youngest winner of the Florida Azalea Open this March.

·         Has also claimed 2014 victories at the Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT) Tour Championship, the AJGA Junior at Spring Valley and the FCWT at Harmony Golf Preserve.

·         Was named Player of the Year in the West Region for the 2013-14 FCWT season.

Sam Horsfield, 17, of England

·         Is one of two returning quarterfinalists from last year’s field at Martis Camp Club, along with 2013 runner-up Davis Riley.

·         Fell in the quarters in 2013 and made it to the round of 32 during the 2012 U.S. Junior.

·         Recently advanced to the round of 32 in the 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Sand Creek Station in Newton, Kan.

·         Won the 2013 Florida State Amateur by 11 strokes with a 72-hole total of 278.

·         Was named the 2013 FHSAA State Champion - first in school history and the first for Polk County in 65 years.

·         Once had a putting competition with Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell and Henrik Stenson.

·         Was born in England, but moved to Florida when he was 5 and has lived there since.

Curtis Luck, 17, of Australia

·         Has won at the Western Australia Amateur Championship, the Victorian Junior Masters Championship and the NSW Stroke Play Championship in 2014.

·         Member of the Western Australia National Youth Team along with fellow U.S. Junior competitors Zach Murray and Ryan Ruffels.

·         Was Captain of the Western Australian Junior State Team in 2013 and 2014.

·         Finished runner-up at the 2014 Australian Amateur Open.

·         Played basketball for Western Australia at the Pan Pacific Games when he was only 12 years old.

Davis Riley, 17, of Hattiesburg, Miss.

·         Runner-up at last year’s U.S. Junior Amateur held at Martis Camp Club where he fell in the 36-hole final, 3 and 2, to Scottie Scheffler.

·         Advanced to the round of 32 in the 2012 U.S. Junior.

·         In 2013, won the 19th Terra Cotta Invitational, which has included past winners such as Matt Kuchar and Bud Cauley.

·         Shot a course-record 61 at Canebrake Country Club, his home course, and tied the course mark at Sharks Tooth in Florida, both in the same week.

·         Has been the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame “Popstar” Award winner in three of the past four years.

·         Mississippi MAIS Class 3A state medalist three of the past four years.

William Zalatoris, 17, of Plano, Texas

·         Is playing in his fifth U.S. Junior, the most of any player in the field.

·         Played in the 2013 U.S. Amateur and will be playing at Atlanta Athletic Club in the 2014 U.S. Amateur in two weeks.

·         Is attending Wake Forest University in the fall as a recipient of the Arnold Palmer Golf Scholarship.

·         Has won the Trans-Mississippi , the Texas State Amateur and the Champions Invitational thus far in 2014.

·         Was co-champion with Jordan Spieth in the 2011 Champions Invitational and joined Rickie Fowler and Spieth as the only players to repeat as champions.

·         Was a two-time Texas 5A State Champion and finished runner-up in 2014.

Andy Zhang, 16, of the People’s Republic of China

·         Birdied No. 18 in his round-of-16 match to advance to this year’s quarterfinals.

·         Born in Beijing, China, but currently lives in Reunion, Fla.

·         Is playing in his third U.S. Junior; has advanced to the round of 64 in both 2012 and 2013. Lost to fellow quarterfinalist Sam Horsfield in the round of 64 in 2012.

·         At age 14, became the youngest player to compete in the U.S. Open, held at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Played in the 2012 European Masters along with qualifying for the 2012 U.S. Amateur, also at age 14.


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