Here is my story for The News Tribune’s Sunday section. Peck is the third Washington golfer to win this championship:
The field was packed of accomplished teenage golfers, but before the
start of this week’s U.S. Junior Amateur, defending champion Cory
Whitsett had his sights set on one main rival.
It was Olympia’s Cameron Peck.
By the start of the 36-hole championship match Saturday, Whitsett
was nowhere to be found – he had been eliminated in the first round.
That Peck fella? Well, he was on his way to capturing the 61st U.S. Junior Amateur at Shoal Creek Golf Club in Alabama.
The to-be Timberline High senior not only defeated Virginia’s
Cameron Beck, he overwhelmed his opponent, and posted the largest
margin of victory in the championship’s history – a 10-and-8 win.
“This is a tournament,” an exhausted Peck said afterward, “that might change my life.”
Peck became the third Washington golfer to win one of the United
States Golf Association’s national championships. Spokane’s Larry Lee,
a public-course golfer, captured the 1959 Junior Am title at the
Stanford University golf course, and Seattle’s Bill Tindall followed
that up with a victory a year later in Overland Park, Kan.
Puyallup’s Ryan Moore got to the 2000 Junior Am finals on the Ghost
Course at Pumpkin Ridge near Portland, but lost 3-and-2 to Matthew