Golf: Trent Wallace, 16, competes in U.S. Amateur Public Links
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media July 25, 2013 9:30PM
Trent Wallace | File photo
Updated: August 27, 2013 6:31AM
Trent Wallace has been in his fair share of noteworthy golf tournaments.
He hopes he’s in plenty more, a very fair goal for a very talented 16-year-old golfer.
For now, Wallace has a tournament that sits at the top as far as the total experience goes.
Earlier this month Wallace competed in the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, Va. That event’s winner, Jordan Niebrugge, of Mequon, Wis., likely will be invited to compete in next year’s Masters.
“It was an awesome experience to play there, definitely the best golf experience I’ve ever had,” Wallace said. “It showed me that my game is good enough to play at that level.”
Wallace, a junior at Joliet West, qualified for the Public Links with his third-place finish (143) at a qualifier at Heritage Bluffs Golf Club in Channahon in June.
At the Amateur Public Links Championship, Wallace did not see the results he wanted as first-day struggles ultimately doomed him. Wallace finished tied for 128th place, finishing 14-over for two days.
In his opening round, Wallace finished with a 10-over 80, managing nine pars, eight bogeys and a double bogey.
“I played a nervous round,” he said. “It was the most nervous I’ve ever played, like I was scared. I just wanted to play my game and play better that second round.”
Putting those early struggles behind him, Wallace was 4-over for his second round, including three birdies. Wallace was the youngest competitor in the field in Virginia.
Since he burst on the scene at Joliet West as a freshman, Wallace has gotten quite used to some surprised looks from other players and spectators as the “young guy.”
“It definitely gives me an opportunity,” Wallace said. “I’ve got nothing to lose out there, then I can focus on playing my game.”
Wallace’s busy summer schedule is far from over, but he’s already looking forward to the fall season with his Tigers teammates at Joliet West.
As a sophomore in 2012, Wallace finished tied for 20th in the rain-shortened two-day Class 3A state tourney. As a freshman, he finished tied for 75th in Class 3A.
“I’m excited for the season both for myself and the team,” Wallace said. “We’ve been practicing a lot, and some kids are really coming around. We’re really coming together as a team.”
Illinois Women’s Open
Mistwood Golf Club will host to the Phil Kosin Illinois Women’s Open, with rounds scheduled for Wednesday through Aug. 2. A pro-am will be held Tuesday.
Mistwood has hosted the event since 1999.
“We are very excited to have these top female players coming back to Mistwood to participate in this marquee event,” Dan Phillips, Mistwood’s Director of Golf, said in a statement. “This year’s event will be very exciting for the women as they will experience several new challenges on the course.”
The field will include 2006 and ’11 champion Jenna Pearson (Wheaton), as well as Plainfield’s Brittney Johnston and Bolingbrook amateur Jessica Yuen.
Celebrity outing at Tamarack
Tamarack Golf Club in Naperville is hosting its 21st Annual Celebrity Wish Cup Golf Outing on Saturday.
Former NFL players Anthony Parker, Les Shy, Robin Earl and Michael Blair, as well as former White Sox third baseman Eric Soderholm, are scheduled to appear.
For more information, call (815) 263-9474.