The 2015-16 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Boys Golf Teams were selected based on performance and level of competition primarily at the high school level. Junior golf success was a secondary consideration, and those who did not compete regularly for their high school were not considered.
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Name: Davis Shore
School: Christian Academy (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Standing on the 16th tee at WillowBrook Golf Club last fall in the final round of the Tennessee Class A/AA state tournament, Shore found himself in an unusual position — trailing.
The defending state champion, Shore was two shots behind the leader with only three holes to play. But after birdies on 16 and 18, he had worked his way into a playoff. And after a birdie on the first playoff hole he had retained his title. Quite the four-hole turnaround.
“I really hadn’t had that many come-from-behind wins,” Shore told Gannett partner The Knoxville News Sentinel. “Most of the time, I’ve been winning I’ve been in front or held on down the stretch. I guess it was actually a confidence booster. I didn’t feel that good (at the state tournament), but somehow found a way to win.”
Shore made winning a habit in his junior season. In addition to the state crown, he won the Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational in Spartanburg, S.C., in September and the Jones Cup Junior Invitational in Sea Island, Ga., in December.
The Chapman is one of the premier events on the junior schedule with past winners including Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Bill Haas and Kevin Kisner. The Jones Cup Junior began in 2009 but has quickly gained a reputation as an elite event with up-and-comer Oliver Schneiderjans among the short list of past winners.
When he wasn’t winning, Shore was always around the top of the leaderboard throughout the season. He secured top-five finishes at The Junior Players Championship and The Junior Invitational at Sage Valley while adding Top 20s at the Thunderbird International and the Polo Junior Golf Classic. As a result, Shore currently sits at No. 7 in the AJGA Polo Rankings.
This summer Shore will look to qualify for the U.S. Junior Amateur for a third consecutive season. He has advanced through stroke play and into the match play portion of the event each of the past two years.