JA senior Wilson Furr was part of a group of 12 junior golfers who competed at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minnesota in the fall of 2016 as part of the 10th Junior Ryder Cup. The US team reclaimed the Ryder Cup title after competing against European counterparts.
The competition between the U.S. and Europe includes the “top boys and girls from both sides of the Atlantic” according to the Ryder Cup website. U.S. Captain Jim Remy noted in the opening ceremonies: “These are the future Tour players; the future best players in the world.”
“It was incredible to be able to represent the USA,” said Wilson about being a part of the Junior Ryder Cup team. “It really doesn’t get any better than that.” Wilson was 2-1 in his three matches.
Wilson has committed to play for the University of Alabama. He hopes to have a PGA Tour in his future and doesn’t rule out hopes for a spot on a professional Ryder Cup team one day. “If that experience doesn’t give you more motivation to be on the Ryder Cup team, I don’t know what would!” he said.
Some of Wilson’s accomplishments include:
- Currently ranked 6th overall worldwide; 3rd in 2017 graduating class for junior golfers by Golfweek.
- Named to the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Rolex All-American Team for 3rd consecutive year
- Had Top 10 finishes 2015-16 at Rolex Tournament of Champions, Thunderbird International, Haas Family
- Invitational, Polo Junior Classic, Junior Players, and PGA Junior.
- Won the 2015 Mississippi State Amateur—youngest winner in 100-year history.
- Competed as a member of the East Squad in the AJGA Wyndham Cup (4-0).
- One of only six American boys on the Junior Ryder Cup (2-1) team in 2016. USA won.
- Played in the United States Golf Association USGA Amateur Championship