Nashua’s You has big junior golf finish

PRINCETON, N.J. — The practice and playing in tournaments is paying off for Nashua native Robert You.

The 16-year-old junior, who is attending the Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, Calif., shot a 1-over-par 71 on Wednesday to finish in sole possession of 19th place at 6-over (73-72-71–216) at the two-day American Junior Golf Association Championship.

Presented by Stuart Francis, Princeton Varsity Golf ’74, at historic Springdale Golf Club, the event is part of the AGJA summer tour.

The back-to-back-to-back rounds were You’s best showing since he began playing summer junior tournaments in 2014.

“I’ve played in many tournaments this summer and I’ve been able to gain tournament experience, along with my confidence and abilities of sort have improved,” said You, who played in his final tournament of the summer and returns to the West Coast next week as school starts on August 29. “That has just allowed me to be more consistent as a player.”

The 54-hole stroke-play tournament played on a par 70, 6,364-yard layout featured 84 players from 20 states and six countries, highlighted by 12 competing AJGA champions.

Soon-to-be Georgia Southern native Wilson Andress of Macon, Ga. (71-67-68–206) defeated freshman Matthew Yamin of New York (69-70-67–206) on the first playoff hole to capture the title. Both players shot 4-under for the tournament.

You, who lives in Nashua during the summer, shot a respectable 5-over-par (73-72–145) after Thursday’s 36-hole marathon, placing him in a 2-way tie for 20th place with Mac McClear of Hinsdale, Ill., entering Wednesday’s final 18 holes.

“I have to get ready for next year because it’s the big year with the college process starting,” said You. “This is a good first step judging where I’m at and just seeing what I need to do to improve and get better.”

Three weeks ago, You finished in a tie for 64th place at the IMG Academy Junior World Championship (76-72-76–224) at Torrey Pines Golf Club in San Diego, Calif. and tied for 33rd place (75-83-75–233) at the AJGA Junior at Lake Merced Golf Club in Lake Merced, Calif. back on June 24.

And what would You give as a grade for himself this summer?

“I would give myself an A. I pretty much met all the goals I set for myself this summer. I played well in all of my tournaments and my scores have been pretty consistent,” said You. “I didn’t have any really bad rounds and everything I did I felt pretty solid about.”