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Best Smile? Most Popular? Most Likely To Succeed? See what Senior superlatives PGA Tour Players earned when they were in high school.
August 21, 2013
As a student at the private four-year school, University of San Diego High School, Phil Mickelson won 34 San Diego Junior Golf Association titles and three consecutive AJGA Rolex Player of the Year awards.
Can you spot the future 2012 Ryder Cup captain (a.k.a. Terror Jr.)?
The 2012 Ryder Cup captain, Davis Love III, was introduced to the game by his father, Davis M. Love, a former pro and nationally recognized golf instructor. He attended Glynn Academy in Brunswick, Georgia and later the University of North Carolina, where he was a three-time all-American and the 1984 Atlantic Coast Conference champion.
Tiger Woods was voted "Most Likely to Succeed" in his '94 graduating class at Western High School in Anaheim.
While Woods starred on the team, the Anaheim Western Pioneers won three Orange League titles and three Southern Section championships.
Tom Watson was a standout student and athlete who excelled at football, basketball and golf at Pembroke-Country Day School in Kansas City.
David Duval was a U.S. Junior Amateur champion in 1989, the same year he graduated from the Episcopal High School in Jacksonville, Florida. He continued his amateur career with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets men's golf team, where he was a four-time All-American, two-time ACC Player of the Year, and 1993 National Player of the Year.
Jim Furyk played basketball in addition to being a state champion golfer at Manheim Township High School in Lancaster County, Pa.
Jack Nicklaus attended Upper Arlington High School, whose nickname and team mascot are the Golden Bears. He competed successfully in track and field, football, baseball and tennis.
As a shooting guard his senior year, Nicklaus was an honorable mention All-Ohio selection and received recruiting interest from many top college basketball programs including Ohio State.
Arnold Palmer was introduced to the game by his father, Milfred "Deacon" Palmer, who was head pro and course superintendent at Latrobe Country Club. While playing for the Latrobe High School golf team he won the Pennsylvania high school championship twice. He won his first of five West Penn Amateur Championships by the age of 17.
In four years on the Latrobe High School golf team, Palmer lost only one match.
At the age of 15, Woods became the youngest U.S. Junior Amateur champion (a record which stood until it was broken by Jim Liu in 2010).
In 1994 Woods enrolled in Stanford University under a scholarship and won his first collegiate event, the 40th Annual William H. Tucker Invitational that same year.