Golf: Cameron Young picks Wake Forest, likes family atmosphere

Golf: Cameron Young picks Wake Forest, likes family atmosphere


Golf: Cameron Young picks Wake Forest, likes family atmosphere


Though it’s not the only reason he quietly gave a verbal commitment to enroll at Wake Forest a week ago, Cameron Young was quick to point out the distance between the Arnold Palmer Golf Complex and South Hall, the newest freshman dorm on campus.

The sprawling practice facility is 200 yards away, which is a smooth 6-iron for the 16-year-old junior at Fordham Prep.

“I know some of the kids at Wake Forest,” said Young, who visited the North Carolina school each of the past two Novembers. “I was impressed with how they were one big family, with the coaches, too, and that’s something I really liked.”

The program, headed by Jerry Haas, definitely has a little history, too. An impressive list of alumni starts with Palmer and includes the likes of Curtis Strange, Lanny Wadkins, Webb Simpson and Bill Haas.

For most of the summer, Young had a gaggle of coaches following him in each tournament.

“In the last three weeks my parents and I talked about the pluses and minuses of each place,” said Young, who also considered Stanford, Florida, Auburn, North Carolina and Georgia. “We had to narrow the list down. I was definitely going south. I am done with these winters.”

He informed the runners-up of his decision this week.

“That was a little difficult,” said Young, who for the past three years has lived on the grounds of Sleepy Hollow Country Club where his father, David, is the longtime head professional. “You develop friendships with the coaches, and they are all good guys representing good places.”

Now he can focus on getting ready for the upcoming season.

Young was forced to keep the clubs in a corner for a period of time this past summer while a shoulder injury healed. It was a difficult stretch for a player who rarely takes a day off in season, rain or shine. He was back in top form by July, winning the Met Junior title at Fairview Country Club.

He made the quarterfinals at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship later that month.

Young had a strong week at the Met Open in August, finishing in a fifth-place tie at Old Westbury Golf and Country Club. He easily dispatched three first-team Rolex Junior All-Americans to win the American Junior Golf Association’s Polo Golf Junior Classic at PGA National in Florida in November.

The competitive resume also includes a string of 2012 invitational wins – the Hochster Memorial, the Brae Burn Invitational, the Williamson Cup and the Mittlemark Invitational. He was also the runner-up at the North and South Junior at Pinehurst Golf Resort.

“Cameron is beyond mature,” said Mike Miller, a frequent teammate and competitor until he turned pro this past summer. “He’s already a young gentleman. They call that school Work Forest, but he is going to come out ahead of the curve. He is going to exceed the expectations. … I’m glad we are no longer competing against each other, for now, but I can’t wait to battle it out with Cameron in the years to come because I know he’s going to reach his goals.”


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