BRIARCLIFF, N.Y. Cameron Young is enjoying the last few days of his freshman year of high school, playing golf with the Fordham Prep school team and reaching for new heights as a potential qualifier for this summer's U.S. Open Golf Championship as a junior golfer.
When the Metropolitan Golf Association conducts sectional qualifying Monday for the 112th U.S. Open at Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, N.J., Young will be there, trying to make history. The 15-year-old from Scarborough, winner of the 2011 MGA Carter Cup and the second-youngest player nationally in sectional qualifying, has a chance to become the youngest player by three months to qualify for a U.S. Open.
"I'm just trying to do the best I can on the golf course, and I've been playing pretty well," said Young. "I started playing at about 8 years old, so I am comfortable out there. Being in the U.S. Open qualifying is a great experience for me."
Young, whose father David Young in the head golf professional at Sleepy Hollow Country Club, earned a spot in the regional qualifier by shooting a 3-under par round of 69 at Trump National Golf Club in a local qualifying round conducted by the Metropolitan Golf Association on May 15. He is hoping for a chance to play in this year's 112th U.S. Open Golf Championship from June 14 to 17.
"I played very well at the qualifier," Young said. "I think my strength is that I hit the ball straight and keep it in play. My putting was consistent [in the qualifier]. The greens were awesome. I knew I had a chance to move on, and I had a good round."
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