On July 1, local St. Louis junior Frankie Thomas from Marquette HS overcame a disastrous triple bogey seven on Old Hickory GC’s 15th hole in his first round to rally with a three-under 69 in the second round and grab one of the two available spots into the US Junior Amateur Championship to be held July 21-26 at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, TX. This is Frankie’s first USGA event.
Singapore’s Cheng Jin paced the field of over 40 entrants with a nice 71-68 five-under 139. Jin is the 24th ranked junior in the world rankings and made the match play cut in the 2013 Junior Amateur.
Thomas, who finished T4 in the Missouri Class 4 high school tournament held at Dalhousie this spring, made seven birdies against four bogeys in his second round to card a 69 and finish at even par over 36 holes at the difficult Old Hickory layout. He is the son of Scott and Lelah Thomas from Chesterfield. Scott is a veteran of the local and national amateur golf scene and winner of the 1992 Missouri Amateur.
Matt Echelmeier from Columbia’s Rock Bridge HS got the first alternate spot with a two-over 146 and Chaminade Prep standout Crimson Callahan earned the second alternate with a 148 total. Echelmeier qualified for the championship last year in Truckee, CA and made match play before losing in the first round.