Well, that didn’t last long. 2013 U.S Amateur champion Matt Fitzpatrick is leaving Northwestern University after one semester to play golf full time.
The 19-year-old Englishman said in a statement released by the university on Thursday:
This is going to be sweet and short — and my apologies, I’ll update later tonight or tomorrow (more likely the latter). Turns out golf is an *extremely* grueling sport to play and cover. All that walking up-and-down hills! Or perhaps I’m an idiot who is out of shape? I was somewhat reluctant in being convinced to go to the ER to be treated for dehydration and heat exhaustion (and run some tests just to be safe, so thanks to the colleagues who looked out for me). Good news is I feel much better after they gave me oxygen and an IV of fluids, etc.
This is the first Walker Cup I’ve ever covered or attended, but it’s not the first time I’ve seen National Golf Links of America, which, as longtime readers know is my favorite course, and I highly encourage anyone in the area to attend on Sunday — no ropes, great golf, amazing course, the up-and-coming young stars, etc.
Back in September I wrote a piece for the Northern California Golf Association Fall Magazine on what amateur golfers (or weekend hackers) should and shouldn’t emulate from PGA Tour and LPGA golfers. It’s funny because the next time I played golf, I realized I was guilty of many of the “Don’ts,” so perhaps I should heed to my own advice! Check it out and maybe this can even help cut down a few strokes from your game.
Chinese amateur Guan Tianlang completed a wire-to-wire victory at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in Thailand yesterday, thus ensuring his early invitation to next year’s Masters Tournament.
Currently just 14 years and 5 months old, Guan looks set to demolish Matteo Manassero’s 2010 record, set when the Italian was 16, and become the youngest competitor in the tournament’s 77-year history.
For a brief few days in 1998, a 20-year-old amateur by the name of Jenny Chuasiriporn stood at the apex of women’s golf. In fact, she very nearly deprived Se Ri Pak of her first major championship, pushing the South Korean to the second hole of a sudden death playoff to decide the US Women’s Open
A career as a leading light of the LPGA Tour appeared inevitable.