WILTON, CONN. — There’s an extremely dedicated gallery that shows up from time to time when Cameron Young tees off in area tournaments.
And they know a thing or two about strategically placed logos.
The 16-year-old from Sleepy Hollow Country Club was practically going it alone Monday during the U.S. Amateur qualifying at Rolling Hills Country Club, but a week ago he was playing in front of coaches from Georgia, Auburn, Georgia Tech and North Carolina at the Westchester Golf Association Open Championship.
“It’s kind of cool to see,” Young said. “It’s something that makes you feel special.”
There is so far just one stipulation.
“I’m looking for warm weather,” said Young, who is coming back from a shoulder issue and still finished in third place with a 1-under total of 141 at Rolling Hills, claiming the last of three spots in the U.S. Amateur to be played Aug. 12-18 at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.
Sam Bernstein of Century Country Club was second at 4-under.
There’s a reason why so many colleges make regular visits to the Met Section — great courses produce noteworthy talent.
“Everybody knows there are lots of great players in this neck of the woods,” St. John’s head men’s coach Frank Darby said. “And they all play a competitive tournament schedule right here. They don’t have to go to AJGA events. If they’re looking for hardened, tough kids who know how to play in weather and hit a variety of shots, they have to come to the Northeast.”
Young has already made a number of unofficial campus visits.
“It’s been awesome, really,” he said. “It’s amazing to see what’s out there and you can be really picky if you want.”
Right now, Young has no idea what he wants to study in college so he’s taking inventory of each school’s facility and personnel. Of course, it’s not going to be easy topping a setup that includes eating and sleeping an easy 3-wood from the range at Sleepy Hollow.
“He’s liked every place we’ve visited so far,” said Barbara Young, his mother and frequent caddie.
There is plenty of time before a decision needs to be made.
“I’ve listened to anybody who’s had something to say (about the schools) because we haven’t really spent much time any place, just a day here and a day there,” said Young, who set a CHSAA record by shooting a 31 on the front nine at Winged Foot East this spring. “Sometime this fall I’ll go back to visit schools and probably spend a little more time. And then hopefully, before the end of next year, I’ll make a decision.”