Pittsford teen qualifies for U.S. Amateurs

Updated: 07/09/2014 11:30 PM
Created: 07/09/2014 8:56 PM WHEC.com
By: Stephen Bond

Will Thomson isn’t your typical eighth grader. The Pittsford student spends hours a day hitting hundreds of golf balls. At the tender age of three, he was introduced to golf by his parents. Ten years later, he is on pace to become Rochester’s next great golfer.

Hour by hour, putt by putt, it is a daily routine trying to get each stroke and swing to mimic the next.

Will Thomson said, “I probably come out here three hours a day, practice hitting balls for an hour or hour and half. Then I chip and putt for an hour or hour and a half.”

Will Thomson has played golf his entire life. At the age of 13, he is done something most weekend warriors could only dream about. He qualified for the U.S. Amateurs.

Thomson said, “It's definitely a lot of pressure. It's hard to keep that under control, but with how much fun I'm having right now, it's hard to think about all the pressure.”

Golf is a sport that carries burdens and benefits, but it is something the eighth grader relishes.

Thomson said, “I almost like that it is more individual, like everything is pinned on you. If you mess up, do something wrong, it is your fault. If you do something good, if you win a tournament, if you hit a really good shot, it's all on you. It's kind of cool to have that independence out there.”

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