Cameron Young, a 24-year rising star on the PGA Tour with two second-place finishes and a third already in his brief career, found his appearance at Southern Hills overshadowed a bit by events Thursday, but had a great visit nonetheless.
Young was on the grounds of Southern Hills Country Club working with the members of the Oklahoma PGA Jr. League golf team that finished third in last year’s national championship. The team was working with title sponsor National Car Rental on promos and interviews for the upcoming year.
During a rainy morning the activities were confined to the teaching center, but after it cleared up Young and the youngsters got on the course, only to find one Tiger Woods playing a practice round. Woods waved to the young players but didn’t have any direct contact, though they got to watch him from close range on several holes.
Oklahoma coach Amanda Fisher had seven of her players from last year’s team on hand, including Chase Hughes, Chase Jones, Ainslie Stanford, her son Porter Hart, Evyn Cannon and Emerson Majma. Another member, Banks Cozby, was with his father Cary in the group with Woods and Banks caddied for Tiger’s business partner Rob McNamara.
Young tied for third in last week’s RBC Heritage at Harbor Town and earlier tied for second in The Genesis Invitational at Riviera, meaning he can navigate some of the PGA Tour’s most demanding tight layouts. Fisher said he was wonderful to her team members.
“All the kids would hit shots on the Trackman and then Cameron would hit shots trying to get as close to their yardage as possible. Then they sat down by the bay window and the kids all got to ask him what it was like to play on the PGA Tour and anything they wanted. He was so nice and the kids could really relate to him being so young.”
Young, originally from Scarborough, N.Y., is a 2019 graduate of Wake Forest in his first full year on Tour and already has notched six top-25 finishes.