Boys' Golf Athlete of the Year
DuQuoin High School, DuQuoin, Illinois
Furlow twice placed high in the Class A Illinois boys state golf
tournament, finishing third in the state as a junior in 1998 and 11th in
the state last fall as a senior. In the National Open High School Golf
Championships held June 23-25 in Winter Garden, Fla., Hentzner was the
highest-placing senior in the boys competition, finishing in fourth
place. The tournament was part of the 3rd annual National High School
Sports Festival, which attracted nearly 1,000 athletes to the Orlando,
Fla. area for competition in golf, tennis, and soccer June 23-26.
"Athletes like Jason Furlow are one of the reasons these Championships
are so gratifying," NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro said. "He has
worked extremely hard to develop his skills, and we are extremely proud
to be honoring him." Furlow's consistent play at the Orange County
National Golf Center kept him within striking distance of the lead
throughout the 54-hole event. An opening-round 71 left him 11th after
the first day, but he improved seven spots the second day with an
even-par 70 and finished the tournament with a 72 for a final score of
3-over-par 213. The performance also helped Furlow improve 35 spots over
last year's performance, when he finished 38th with a 308 total. John
Bradley Holmes of Campbellsville, Ky., a junior at Taylor County High
School, won the event for the second consecutive year with a 208 total.
John Bradley Holmes
Taylor County High School, Campbellsville, Kentucky
"Athletes like John Holmes are among the success stories produced in
high school athletics today," NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro said.
"He has worked extremely hard to develop his skills and has become one
of the best golfers not only in the state of Kentucky, but the entire
nation, and we are proud to be honoring him."
Holmes, who will attend the University of Kentucky, has finished in the
Top 10 in the state tournament the past three years, winning the state
title as a sophomore in 1998. He finished ninth in the state in 1999 and
sixth this past year. Recently, Holmes advanced to the sectional round
of qualifying for this year's U.S. Open Championship.
Holmes also has won the individual title in the NHSCA National Sports
Festival the past two years, in 1999 at Jekyll Island, Ga. and in 2000
at Orlando, Fla. He also finished 18th in the inaugural National Sports
Festival in 1998, making him the only male golfer to earn All-America
honors all three years the event has been held.
Calais High School, Calais, Maine
"Athletes like James Frost are among the success stories produced in
high school athletics today," NHSCA Executive Directors Bob Ferraro
said. "He has worked extremely hard to develop his skills and has become
one of the best golfers not only in the state of Maine, but the entire
nation, and we are proud to be honoring him."
Frost, who will continue his golf career next year at Mississippi State
University, won three Maine Class C state individual titles, shooting
73 last fall to win his third title, and helping his team to three state
team crowns. He was coached at Calais High by the NHSCA's National High
School Boys Coach of the Year, Mike Ellis. Frost also earned
All-America status twice in the NHSCA National Open High School Boys
Golf Championships. He scored 217 and finished 11th in the 2000
championships as a sophomore, following that performance with a 226
total and 24th place in 2001 as a junior. Frost is one of just six male
golfers to earn All-America honors more than once.
Green Hope High School, Cary, North Carolina
"Brendon Todd capped an outstanding individual career with the ultimate
team effort in his senior season by leading Green Hope to the state
title," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA is proud
to name Bendon Todd as the National High School Senior Boys Golf Athlete
of the Year."
Todd recently concluded a high school career in which he captured three
individual state championships and led his team, Green Hope High
School, to an overall title as a senior. Todd also garnered numerous
awards in independent golf ventures away from the high school season,
including winning the 2003 AJGA Rolex Junior's event and finishing third
at the AJGA Chrysler Classic. The two-time AJGA Junior All-American
will attend the University of Georgia to further his academic and
La Mirada High School, La Mirada, California
Im is a 4.0 student who will also attend perennial power UCLA, which
finished as runners-up on the men's side of the NCAA competition this
season. Im won the C.I.F. individual title in California's Southern and
has been ranked among the best junior golfers in America for the past
Savannah Christian School, Savannah, Georgia
A left-hander, Harman recently won his second Class 3A state title,
shooting 66. He carded a 64 to win the title as a junior. A two-time
State Junior Boys champion and two-time state Player of the Year, Harman
received sponsor exemptions to compete in two PGA Tour events in 2004 -
the MCI Heritage Classic in April and the Buick Championship in August.
He was a U.S. Junior Amateur quarterfinalist in 2002, at the age of 15.
Also an honor student with a 4.0 GPA, he is a two-time EA Sports
All-America selection. He will attend the University of Georgia.
Desert Mountain High School, Scottsdale, Arizona
McKenney won his second Class 5A state individual championship in
dominating fashion, carding a 10-under-par 134 - featuring an
opening-round 64 - that tied the state tournament record set by PGA Tour
professional Ted Purdy in 1991. It was the lowest 36-hole score in any
state tournament this year and helped Desert Mountain win the state
title. He was named Player of the Year by the Arizona Republic. Ranked
12 th in the Junior Golf Scoreboard national rankings, he will attend
the University of Florida.
Murrieta Valley High School, Murrieta, California
Fowler burst onto the tradition-rich Southern California golf scene in
2004, when he shot 62 to become the first freshman to win the state's
Southern Region title since Tiger Woods. He won the Southern Region for
the second time as a sophomore, adding a sixth-place state finish. He
then won the state title as a junior after finishing third in the
Southern Region, and was named High School Golfer of the Year by the Los
Angeles Times. He was the Southern Region runnerup this spring. Last
year, he advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur
Championships. A two-time Rolex Junior All-American, Fowler is ranked
No. 2 in the Junior Golf national rankings. He will attend Oklahoma
Spruce Creek High School, Port Orange, Florida
A fixture near the top of the Florida golf scene, Graham averaged 68.5
strokes per round as a senior and did not shoot an over-par round all
season. He finished second in the Class 2A state tournament last fall,
shooting 2-under-par 142, and was the meet's highest-placing senior. He
also was the Region 2 runnerup and shot a sparkling 67 to win the
District 5 meet by seven strokes. As a junior, Graham finished third in
the state tournament and was a four-time Flagler County Player of the
Year. Currently the nation's top-ranked junior player, Graham was named
to the Rolex Junior All-America First Team after advancing to the U.S.
Junior Amateur semifinals and earning runnerup honors in the HP Boys
Junior Championship last summer. He will attend Florida State
Timberline High School, Lacey, Washington
Peck has yet to win a state championship - he finished fourth in the
Class 3A state tournament both as a sophomore and a junior and owns
three top-five state finishes. But Peck burst onto the national scene by
winning four of the eight American Junior Golf Association (AJGA)
national events he played last summer - the FootJoy Invitational in June
and the HP Boys Junior Championship, the U.S. Junior Championship and
the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship on successive weeks in July - to
finish No. 1 in the Polo Golf Rankings and earn his second Rolex Junior
All-America First Team selection. As a freshman, Peck finished second in
the district tournament and fifth in the state meet despite a badly
sprained wrist. Named his team's Most Inspirational Player four
consecutive years, Peck also is an outstanding student with a 3.7
grade-point average. He will attend Texas A&M University.
Memorial High School, Houston, Texas
A left-hander, Whitsett began playing before he was 2 years old, took
his first lesson at age 8 and broke 80 a year later. By the time he was
10, he had broken 70. The two-time EA Sports All-American finished in
the top two in the 5A state tournament all four years of high school,
winning the title by four strokes as a sophomore and sharing medalist
honors this year in a tournament shortened to 27 holes by inclement
weather. He helped Houston Memorial advance to the state tournament all
four years of his career. Ranked No. 1 on the Junior Golf Scoreboard and
No. 2 by Golfweek, Whitsett won the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2007, and in
a span of 14 days in 2009, he won the Western Junior and the Rolex
Tournament of Champions titles. Later in the summer, he set records at
two courses in Texas, carding a 62 at the Houstonian Golf and Country
Club in Houston and two days later shooting 61 at Wilderness Golf Club
in Jackson, the first time he ever played the course. Also a straight-A
student, Whitsett will attend the University of Alabama.
Jesuit Preparatory School of Dallas, Dallas, Texas
only did the 6-foot Spieth become the first golfer to win three 5A
state titles, but he did it in dominating fashion. The University of
Texas recruit followed an opening-round 68 with a closing 64 that
included eight birdies and no bogeys – and his 12-under-par total of 132
gave him a seven-stroke victory. He finished 13th in state as a
freshman. Prior to the start of his final high school season, Spieth
ended his Junior golf career on a high note, winning the HP Boys
Championship at Carlton Woods. It was his fifth Junior victory and his
18th consecutive Top 10 finish. Spieth was the U.S. Junior Amateur
champion in 2009, and was the Rolex Junior Player of the Year that year.
He is a three-time Rolex First Team Junior All-American. Perhaps the
highlight of Spieth’s career to date, however, came last May, when,
playing on a sponsor’s exemption, he finished tied for 16th in a PGA
Tour event, the HP Byron Nelson Classic. Spieth carded rounds of
68-69-67-72 for a 4-under-par 276, just six shots behind tournament
champion Jason Day, and he became the sixth-youngest player ever to make
a PGA Tour cut.
Valor Christian High School, Highlands Ranch, Colorado
In what will go down as arguably the best two-day performance ever at a Colorado high school state golf tournament, Clark shot back-to-back 8-under-par rounds of 64 last fall to win his second4A state championship, his 36-hole total of 128 winning by eight strokes. Clark also won the state title as a sophomore and finished second in state his freshman and junior years. Clark hit all but two greens in regulation in the tournament, had a half dozen birdie putts skim the edge of the cup and was 10-underon the course’s par-5 holes. Named the 4A Player of the Year by The Denver Post, Clark, No. 24 in the Polo Golf Rankings,was one of four American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) players selected to receive the Byron Nelson International Junior Golf Awards. The awards will be presented at the PGA Tour HP Byron Nelson Championship and Awards Dinner presented by American Airlines. The 2010 Colorado State Amateur champion,Clark is a two-time Rolex Junior All-American and has 11career AJGA top-10 finishes, including a win at the 2010 UnderArmour/Vicky Hurst Championship. He will attend Oklahoma State University.
Gilmour Academy, Gates Mills, Ohio
Bieber won his second straight Ohio Division III state golf
championship in the Fall. Bieber, who will attend Duke on a golfing
scholarship, shot a 144 over the two rounds of the 2012 state
championships, which set a course record for the NorthStar Golf Resort
course. Bieber was also honored in October as the GTM Sportswear Athlete
of the Month.
Highland Park High School, Dallas, Texas
Like 2011 NHSCA Senior National Boys’ Golfer of the Year Jordan Spieth, who finished runner-up at this year’s Masters, Scottie Scheffler appears to have a promising professional career in front of him. Scheffler, who won his third straight Texas state championship, finished 22nd at this year’s PGA Byron Nelson Classic, scoring a hole-in-one along the way. Scheffler is ranked #1 by the American Junior Golf Association and #5 by the World Amateur Golf Ranking system. Scheffler, who will attend the University of Texas, has a sister who is a golfer at Texas A&M. Scheffler is the third Texas boys’ golfer to be honored by the NHSCA.
Calvary Baptist, Shreveport, Louisiana
Sam Burns is currently ranked as the #1 junior golfer in the country by Golfweek. He won three Louisiana High School Athletic Association individual state championships. In 2014, Burns won the Rolex Tournament of Champions and the Junior PGA Championship. This March, Burns, who will attend LSU, played in his first PGA event — The Valero Texas Open, where he shot an opening round 89 and a 77 on the second round. Burns was also a member of the 2014 United State Junior Ryder Cup team.