Meet The Junior Amateur Quarterfinalists


By Brian DePasquale, USGA
July 26, 2013

John Augenstein, 15, of Owensboro, Ky.

  • Will be a sophomore in the fall at Owensboro Catholic High School.
  • Won U.S. Junior Amateur sectional qualifier in Yorktown, Ind., with rounds of 72 and 69.
  • Playing in his first USGA championship.
  • Defeated medalist Jim Liu in the Round of 32 at 2013 Junior Amateur.
  • Played 36 holes in one day for second time in his career.
  • Started playing golf at age 4.

Zecheng Dou, 16, People’s Republic of China

  • Advanced to the quarterfinals at the 2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links.
  • Reached the Round of 16 at the 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur.
  • Became the youngest player to make the cut in the history of the European Tour’s Volvo China Open this year and eventually tied for 33rd.
  • Won the 2011 Boys 13-14 Division at Junior World Golf Championship.
  • Participated in last year’s USA-China Youth Match at CordeValle Golf Resort in San Martin, Calif. China won the junior competition, 9-7, and Junior Amateur competitor Cheng Jin was a teammate.

Doug Ghim, 17, Arlington Heights, Ill.

  • Advanced to the Round of 16 at the 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur.
  • Attends Buffalo Grove High School.
  • Won the 2011 Illinois (IJGA) junior title and tied for third at the state Class 3A championship.
  • His father, Jeff, was a teaching professional and first took him to a course at age 5.
  • Golf highlight is holing two flop shots at last year’s Junior Amateur.

Sam Horsfield, 16, England

  • Won the 2013 Florida State Amateur by 11 strokes with a 72-hole total of 278 on June 23.
  • Medalist at Junior Amateur qualifier at Gainesville (Fla.) C.C. a few days after winning Florida State title.
  • Carded a 61 in 2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links sectional qualifying en route to earning medalist honors.
  • Advanced to Round of 16 at 2013 Amateur Public Links.
  • In 2012, he advanced to match play at the Junior Amateur (Round of 32) and Amateur Public Links (Round of 64), and qualified for the U.S. Amateur.
  • Has lived in Florida since age 5.
  • Has won two consecutive City of Orlando Amateurs and set a tournament record each year.

Davis Riley, 16, of Hattiesburg, Miss.

  • Rising junior at Presbyterian Christian High School.
  • Reached the Round of 32 at the 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur.
  • Shot a course-record 61 at Canebrake Country Club and tied course mark at Sharks Tooth in Florida, both in the same week.
  • Mississippi Class 3A high school state medalist in three of the last four years.

P.J. Samiere, 17, Kailua, Hawaii

  • Birdied the second playoff hole to earn the only spot at the Waikoloa, Hawaii, sectional qualifier.
  • Was born in Tokyo, Japan.
  • Advanced to match play at 2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links, where he reached the Round of 32 in his first USGA championship.
  • Attends the Punahou School in Honolulu, the same school that produced President Barack Obama and 2003 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links champion Michelle Wie.
  • Finished third at the 2013 Hawaii state championship and won the Interscholastic League of Honolulu title.
  • Interests outside golf include kayaking, bodyboarding and ultimate Frisbee.

Scottie Scheffler, 17, Dallas

  • Playing in his fourth consecutive U.S. Junior Amateur.
  • Has qualified for match play the past three years, twice advancing to the Round of 32.
  • Won the Texas 4A state championship for the second year in a row in 2013 and punctuated his win with a hole-in-one during the final round.
  • Also led Highland Park High School to 4A state team title.
  • Competed in U.S. Open sectional qualifier this year at Lakewood C.C. in Dallas
  • Inspired by his friend, James Ragan, who is battling pediatric bone cancer.
  • Older sister, Callie, plays for Texas A&M University.
  • Currently ranked 34th in World Amateur Golf Ranking, the only player in the top 50 remaining in the field

Cameron Young, 16, Scarborough, N.Y.

  • Won his third-round match in 24 holes by making birdie at the par-4 sixth
  • Son of Sleepy Hollow Country Club (Scarborough, N.Y.) head professional David Young.
  • Mother, Barbara, is a former golf professional.
  • Won the 2013 Metropolitan Golf Association Junior Championship.
  • Won 2011 MGA Carter Cup at Baltusrol Golf Club, site of seven U.S. Opens.
  • Rising junior at Fordham Prep, where he plays on the golf and hockey teams.
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