Congratulations to the 2009 EA SPORTS Boys' Golf All-America team. Players were selected according to their skills on the course and consistent performance on the links as well as recommendations by amateur-golf experts.
Beck is off to ACC golf powerhouse Wake Forest next year after signing a letter of intent with the Demon Deacons in his senior year. For the second straight year, Beck repeated as the Tidewater Conference champion with a two day total of 142. He was recently named recipient of the 2009 Byron Nelson International Junior Golf Award. Last summer, he was in the finals of the U.S. Junior Amateur championships.
The Servite High School junior won the CIF Southern Section individual championship by firing a 5-under-par (66), and his Servite team took home team honors. Because of this dominance at Servite this year, the Orange County Register named him its 2009 Player of the Year. Before his round of 66, he shot a round of 64 in the prelims.
Cody was a driving force behind Pinewood Prep's Palmetto High School Golf Championship. That invitational tourney is the largest of its kind in the nation, with teams from 15 different states represented. Cody took home medalist honors and was one of three Pinewood golfers in the top six. In 2009, he posted an 18-hole average of 70.7 and a 9-hole average of 35.5. He wrapped up the year by winning the Class AAA state title. Only a junior, he has verbally committed to Duke.
Gooch shot a three-round total of 221 in the Class 5A Oklahoma state tournament, which left him tied for a third-place finish. His Carl Albert team finished fifth overall. Last year, Gooch won the Class 5A title and then finished in the top 5 in several AJCA tournaments later in the summer. In one of the toughest junior events of the year, the Thunderbird International, Gooch finished in a seventh-place tie. In that same tournament, he double eagled the par-5 seventh at Greyhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. The junior has verbally committed to Oklahoma State.
Hebert is off to Florida State next year to play his college golf, but before he left Circle Christian he helped guide his team to the Class 1A state title. He shot a two-day total of 149 with his team shooting a total of 594. In the recent Thunderbird International event, he shone with a tie for second.
Kim is another junior to make the EA SPORTS Boys' Golf All-America team this summer. He led Hamilton to an Arizona Class 5A tournament title. He earned medalist honors with a two-round total of 135, three shots better than the second-place finisher. He was named first-team all-state in the fall of 2008 and when he tees it up in the fall of 2009 he will be a four-year varsity player.
Ranked No. 1 in the American Junior Golf Association's Polo Golf Rankings, Peck looked to win a Washington state high school title two weekends ago. In the Class 3A state tournament, the senior was down by 3 and took a gamble to try to spark a comeback. It did not pay off, and the Timberline senior finished in a third-place tie, as did his Timberline team. Thus ends a stellar high school career in the Emerald State. He was the U.S. Junior Amateur champion last summer, won four other national tournaments last summer and played last week as an amateur at the PGA St. Jude Classic.
The super sophomore finished one shot ahead of fellow EA SPORTS All-American Cory Whitsett to win the Class 5A state title in Texas. He shot a two-day total of 139 en route to medalist honors. In May, he finished tied for seventh at the Thunderbird International Junior event and was ranked No. 3 in the Polo Golf Rankings behind both Cameron Peck and Cory Whitsett.
Whitsett is now a two-time member of the EA SPORTS Boys' Golf All-America Team. This year, he finished second at the 2009 UIL Class 5A Golf Championships with a two day total of 140. This past May, he finished in third place at the prestigious Thunderbird International tourney. He fired three rounds sub-70 for a three-day total of 203. In May, he was ranked No. 2 in the Polo Junior Golf Rankings, behind Cameron Peck.
Wyatt finished tied for third at the HP Boys Championships at Carlton Woods. In May, he helped guide his UMS-Wright team to its second state title. Last year, the Bulldogs won the Class 5A title and this year the Class 4A title. The junior took home medalist honors this year, shooting a two-day total of 142. This was also the second straight year that Wyatt earned medalist honors. Because of his success, he was named the Press-Register's all-region golf player of the year. He gave his verbal commitment to Alabama.
Photo credits: Cameron Peck by Kevin Casey for ESPN RISE Magazine; all others courtesy of the American Junior Golf Association.