Date: June 12, 2012

14 year old gets US Open start

14 year old American Andy Zhang will become the youngest player to compete in a US Open field since World War 2 after England&aposs Paul Casey withdrew from the Championship on Monday, June 11, because of a shoulder injury. Zhang, an amateur from Reunion, Florida, competed in sectional qualifying at Black Diamond Ranch (Quarry Course) at Lecanto, Florida. on June 4. Zhang, a 14-year-old (born Dec. 14, 1997), shot rounds of 70-72 142 to earn first alternate position. Zhang, who is originally from the People s Republic of China, will become the youngest to play in a U.S. Open since World War II. Tadd Fujikawa previously held that distinction; he was 15 at the 2006 Open at Winged Foot Golf Club. Zhang will tee off at 8:21 a.m. PDT on Thursday from the 1st tee with Hiroyuki Fujita and Mark Wilson.